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degree   (dĭ-grē')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A unit division of a temperature scale.

    1. A unit for measuring an angle or an arc of a circle. One degree is 1/360 of the circumference of a circle.

    2. This unit used to measure latitude or longitude on the Earth's surface.

  2. 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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