|1.||a stage in a scale of relative amount or intensity: a high degree of competence|
|2.||an academic award conferred by a university or college on successful completion of a course or as an honorary distinction (honorary degree)|
|3.||See burn any of three categories of seriousness of a burn|
|4.||(in the US) any of the categories into which a crime is divided according to its seriousness: first-degree murder|
|5.||genealogy a step in a line of descent, used as a measure of the closeness of a blood relationship|
|6.||grammar any of the forms of an adjective used to indicate relative amount or intensity: in English they are positive, comparative, and superlative|
|7.||music any note of a diatonic scale relative to the other notes in that scale: D is the second degree of the scale of C major|
|8.||Celsius scale See also Fahrenheit scale ° a unit of temperature on a specified scale: the normal body temperature of man is 36.8 degrees Celsius|
|9.||minute See also second Compare radian ° a measure of angle equal to one three-hundred-and-sixtieth of the angle traced by one complete revolution of a line about one of its ends|
|a. a unit of latitude or longitude, divided into 60 minutes, used to define points on the earth's surface or on the celestial sphere|
|b. a point or line defined by units of latitude and/or longitude|
|11.||° a unit on any of several scales of measurement, as for alcohol content or specific gravity|
|a. the highest power or the sum of the powers of any term in a polynomial or by itself: x4 + x + 3 and xyz² are of the fourth degree|
|b. the greatest power of the highest order derivative in a differential equation|
|13.||obsolete a step; rung|
|14.||archaic a stage in social status or rank|
|15.||by degrees little by little; gradually|
|16.||to a degree somewhat; rather|
|17.||degrees of frost See frost|
|[C13: from Old French degre, from Latin |
degree de·gree (dĭ-grē')
Abbr. deg, deg. 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.
|degree (dĭ-grē') Pronunciation Key
In geometry, a unit of measurement of angles, 1/360 of a circle. In physics, a unit of temperature (see Celsius, 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.