verb (used with object), grad·ed, grad·ing.
verb (used without object), grad·ed, grad·ing.
- on the same level: A railroad crosses a highway at grade.
- (of a stream bed) so adjusted to conditions of slope and the volume and speed of water that no gain or loss of sediment takes place.
Origin of grade
Synonyms for grade
Origin of -grade
Related Words for gradecategory, classification, degree, level, standard, quality, class, condition, size, classify, division, caliber, group, estate, form, league, notch, brand, gradation, mark
Examples from the Web for grade
Contemporary Examples of grade
“By no means are we Grade A professional consultants,” Goff said.‘Ready for Romney’ Is Amateur Hour
December 23, 2014
Craig-Lewis was an 11-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, a position she had aspired to since grade school.The Mystery Death Of A Female Firefighter
December 13, 2014
And last year, 4th and 8th grade students showed the biggest math and reading gains in the country.Why Voters Love Common Core
Harold Ford Jr.
November 28, 2014
She stayed in school until 9th grade, when her father pulled her out.Drawing on the Memories of Syrian Women
November 26, 2014
Also, when I was in the 9th grade, a teacher enjoyed something I wrote, which I found interesting.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby
November 26, 2014
Historical Examples of grade
This grade I had to cross; and I was greatly afraid that I would meet some one.Biography of a Slave
Did any of you fellows happen to see a dead coyote up on the grade?Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
He looked back once, just as he was turning into the grade road.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
The Blossburgh grade is used almost entirely for blacksmithing.Cleveland Past and Present
But after a while they noticed that the grade was upward and the going easier.The Heads of Apex
- a part of a railway, road, etc, that slopes upwards or downwards; inclination
- Also called: gradienta measure of such a slope, esp the ratio of the vertical distance between two points on the slope to the horizontal distance between them
- on the same level
- (of a river profile or land surface) at an equilibrium level and slope, because there is a balance between erosion and deposition
- to reach the required standard
- to succeed
Word Origin for grade
adj combining form
Word Origin for -grade
1510s, "degree of measurement," from French grade "grade, degree" (16c.), from Latin gradus "step, pace, gait, walk;" figuratively "a step, stage, degree," related to gradi "to walk, step, go," from PIE *ghredh- (cf. Lithuanian gridiju "to go, wander," Old Church Slavonic gredo "to come," Old Irish in-greinn "he pursues," and second element in congress, progress, etc.).
Replaced Middle English gree "step, degree in a series," from Old French grei "step," from Latin gradus. Railway sense is from 1811. Meaning "class of things having the same quality or value" is from 1807; meaning "division of a school curriculum equivalent to one year" is from 1835; that of "letter-mark indicating assessment of a student's work" is from 1886 (earlier used of numerical grades). Grade A "top quality, fit for human consumption" (originally of milk) is from a U.S. system instituted in 1912.
1650s, "to arrange in grades," from grade (n.). Related: Graded; grading.
see make the grade.