- 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.
- to a considerable extent; exceedingly.
- to a small extent; somewhat: He is to a degree difficult to get along with.
Origin of degree
Examples from the Web for degrees
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
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 was a brutally hot day, 103 degrees, and the city was on the verge of a racial explosion.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era|Gary May|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The dinner went on through its courses, and by degrees the red wine flew from the glasses to the faces.Dorothy and other Italian Stories|Constance Fenimore Woolson
On turning the paper through ninety degrees or by actual measurement, the extent of the illusion will become apparent.Visual Illusions|Matthew Luckiesh
Cook until it forms a very thick jam, or until 223 degrees Fahrenheit is reached on the candy thermometer.Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book|Mary A. Wilson
From there leads a zone 20 sea miles wide west of 22 degrees 30 minutes eastern longitude into Greek territorial waters.
Peter was every day becoming more his own man, and Ellish by degrees more her own woman.
British Dictionary definitions for degrees
- 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
Word Origin for degree
Word Origin and History for degrees
early 13c., from Old French degré (12c.) "a step (of a stair), pace, degree (of relationship), academic degree; rank, status, position," said to be from Vulgar Latin *degradus "a step," from Late Latin degredare, from Latin de- "down" (see de-) + gradus "step" (see grade (n.)).
Most modern senses date from Middle English, from notion of a hierarchy of steps. Meaning "a grade of crime" is 1670s; that of "a unit of temperature" is from 1727. The division of the circle into 360 degrees was known in Babylon and Egypt. It is perhaps from the daily motion of the sun through the zodiac in the course of a year.
Medicine definitions for degrees
Science definitions for degrees
- 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.
Culture definitions for degrees
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 degrees
see by degrees; third degree; to some degree; to the nth degree.