- 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
Synonyms for degree
Related Words for degreesterm, strength, severity, rate, point, grade, intensity, standard, amount, scale, extent, scope, quality, size, sort, status, level, credit, magnitude, qualification
Examples from the Web for degrees
Contemporary Examples of 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
Detainees were hosed down while shackled naked, and placed in rooms with temperatures as low as 59 degrees Fahrenheit.Inside the CIA’s Sadistic Dungeon
December 9, 2014
There are fans, but Hetflaisz never once saw an air-conditioning unit—and temperatures get up to 100 degrees.Damien Hirst’s Army of Geppettos
December 2, 2014
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
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
November 15, 2014
Historical Examples of degrees
By degrees the placid influence of her friend calmed her perturbed spirit.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
By meridian altitudes of sun, Lyrae (Vega), 32 degrees 15 minutes.
Latitude 25 degrees 52 minutes from mean of two observations.
Barometer 28.48; thermometer 68 degrees at half-past five o'clock.
By meridian altitude of sun, camp is in latitude 31 degrees 53 minutes South.
- 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
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.
- 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.
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.
see by degrees; third degree; to some degree; to the nth degree.