- 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.
Idioms about degree
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How to use degree in a sentence
They are afflicted with “progressive spiritual emptiness,” he said, which no amount of academic honors and degrees can fill.Pope Francis Denounces the Vatican Elite’s 'Spiritual Alzheimer’s'|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At that time, only 16 Congolese were known to have college degrees.
Detainees were hosed down while shackled naked, and placed in rooms with temperatures as low as 59 degrees Fahrenheit.
There are fans, but Hetflaisz never once saw an air-conditioning unit—and temperatures get up to 100 degrees.
Six months out of the year, the temperatures exceed 100 degrees.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It succeeds best in a deep rich loam in a climate ranging from forty to fifty degrees of latitude.
I then found myself hoisted up by degrees, at least three feet higher than I was before.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
The first commencement of Union College for conferring degrees in the arts and sciences.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
It is about three leagues wide and is forty-four and one half degrees from the Equator.
The fleet cannot see itself wiped out by degrees; and yet, without the fleet, how are we soldiers to exist?Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
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
Word Origin for degree
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.
Other Idioms and Phrases with degree
see by degrees; third degree; to some degree; to the nth degree.