degree

[ dih-gree ]
/ dɪˈgri /
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noun

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Idioms for degree

    by degrees, by easy stages; gradually: She grew angrier by degrees.
    to a degree,
    1. to a considerable extent; exceedingly.
    2. to a small extent; somewhat: He is to a degree difficult to get along with.

Origin of degree

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English degre, from Anglo-French, Old French, from unattested Vulgar Latin dēgradus; see de-, grade

OTHER WORDS FROM degree

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH degree

certificate, degree , diploma, license
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British Dictionary definitions for degree

degree
/ (dɪˈɡriː) /

noun

Derived forms of degree

degreeless, adjective

Word Origin for degree

C13: from Old French degre, from Latin de- + gradus step, grade
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Medical definitions for degree

degree
[ dĭ-grē ]

n.

A unit of measure on a temperature scale.
A division of a circle, equal to 1/360 of its circumference.
A position or rank within a graded series.
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Scientific definitions for degree

degree
[ dĭ-grē ]

A unit division of a temperature scale.
  1. A unit for measuring an angle or an arc of a circle. One degree is 1360 of the circumference of a circle.
  2. This unit used to measure latitude or longitude on the Earth's surface.
The greatest sum of the exponents of the variables in a term of a polynomial or polynomial equation. For example, x3 + 2xy + x is of the third degree.
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Cultural definitions for degree

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with degree

degree

see by degrees; third degree; to some degree; to the nth degree.

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