grade [greyd] /greɪd/ Show IPA noun, verb, graded, grading.
verb phrase 1
a degree or step in a scale, as of rank, advancement, quality, value, or intensity:
the best grade of paper.
a class of persons or things of the same relative rank, quality, etc.
a step or stage in a course or process.
a single division of a school classified according to the age or progress of the pupils. In the U.S., public schools are commonly divided into twelve grades below college.
the pupils in such a division.
elementary school (usually preceded by the
He first began teaching in the grades.
a letter, number, or other symbol indicating the relative quality of a student's work in a course, examination, or special assignment; mark.
a classification or standard of food based on quality, size, etc.:
grade A milk.
inclination with the horizontal of a road, railroad, etc., usually expressed by stating the vertical rise or fall as a percentage of the horizontal distance; slope.
Building Trades.. Also called grade line. the level at which the ground intersects the foundation of a building.
an animal resulting from a cross between a parent of ordinary stock and one of a pure breed.
verb (used with object)
to arrange in a series of grades; class; sort:
a machine that grades two thousand eggs per hour.
to determine the grade of.
to assign a grade to (a student's work); mark:
I graded forty tests last night.
to cause to pass by degrees, as from one color or shade to another.
to reduce to a level or to practicable degrees of inclination:
to grade a road.
to cross (an ordinary or low-grade
animal) with an animal of a pure or superior breed.
verb (used without object)
to incline; slant or slope:
The road grades steeply for a mile.
to be of a particular grade or quality.
to pass by degrees from one color or shade to another; blend:
See how the various colors grade into one another.
grade up, to improve (a herd, flock, etc.) by breeding with purebreds.
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.
make the grade,
to attain a specific goal; succeed:
He'll never make the grade in medical school.
up to grade,
of the desired or required quality:
This shipment is not up to grade.
1505–15; < French: office < Latin gradus step, stage, degree, derivative of gradī to go, step, walk
misgrade, verb, misgraded, misgrading.
overgrade, verb (used with object), overgraded, overgrading.
pregrade, verb (used with object), pregraded, pregrading, noun
regrade, verb (used with object), regraded, regrading.
13. classify, rank, rate, order, categorize.