- the sum of the exponents of the variables in an algebraic term: x3 and 2x2y are terms of degree three.
- the term of highest degree of a given equation or polynomial: The expression 3x2y + y2+ 1 is of degree three.
- the exponent of the derivative of highest order appearing in a given differential equation.
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Idioms for degree
- to a considerable extent; exceedingly.
- to a small extent; somewhat: He is to a degree difficult to get along with.
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British Dictionary definitions for degree
- a unit of latitude or longitude, divided into 60 minutes, used to define points on the earth's surface or on the celestial sphere
- a point or line defined by units of latitude and/or longitude
- the highest power or the sum of the powers of any term in a polynomial or by itselfx 4 + x + 3 and xyz ² are of the fourth degree
- the greatest power of the highest order derivative in a differential equation
Derived forms of degreedegreeless, adjective
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Scientific definitions for degree
- A unit for measuring an angle or an arc of a circle. One degree is 1360 of the circumference of a circle.
- This unit used to measure latitude or longitude on the Earth's surface.
Cultural definitions for degree
In geometry, a unit of measurement of angles, 1/360 of a circle. In physics, a unit of temperature (see Celsius, Fahrenheit (see also Fahrenheit), and Kelvin scale). A degree on the Fahrenheit scale is smaller than a degree on the Celsius or Kelvin scale. Degrees on the Celsius and Kelvin scales are the same size.
Idioms and Phrases with degree
see by degrees; third degree; to some degree; to the nth degree.