verb (used with object), grad·ed, grad·ing.
verb (used without object), grad·ed, grad·ing.
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Idioms for grade
- 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.
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British Dictionary definitions for make the grade
- a part of a railway, road, etc, that slopes upwards or downwards; inclination
- Also called: gradient a 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
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Scientific definitions for make the grade
Idioms and Phrases with make the grade (1 of 2)
Satisfy the requirements, qualify; also, succeed. For example, Angela hoped her work in the new school would make the grade, or Barbara certainly has made the grade as a trial lawyer. This expression uses grade in the sense of “accepted standard.” [c. 1900]
Idioms and Phrases with make the grade (2 of 2)
see make the grade.