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NOUN (7)

1. a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality;
- Example: "a moderate grade of intelligence"
- Example: "a high level of care is required"
- Example: "it is all a matter of degree"
[syn: degree, grade, level]

2. a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process;
- Example: "a remarkable degree of frankness"
- Example: "at what stage are the social sciences?"
[syn: degree, level, stage, point]

3. an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study;
- Example: "he earned his degree at Princeton summa cum laude"
[syn: academic degree, degree]

4. a measure for arcs and angles;
- Example: "there are 360 degrees in a circle"
[syn: degree, arcdegree]

5. the highest power of a term or variable;

6. a unit of temperature on a specified scale;
- Example: "the game was played in spite of the 40-degree temperature"

7. the seriousness of something (e.g., a burn or crime);
- Example: "murder in the second degree"
- Example: "a second degree burn"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Degree \De*gree"\, n. [F. degr['e], OF. degret, fr. LL. degradare. See Degrade.] 1. A step, stair, or staircase. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] By ladders, or else by degree. --Rom. of R. [1913 Webster] 2. One of a series of progressive steps upward or downward, in quality, rank, acquirement, and the like; a stage in progression; grade; gradation; as, degrees of vice and virtue; to advance by slow degrees; degree of comparison. [1913 Webster] 3. The point or step of progression to which a person has arrived; rank or station in life; position. "A dame of high degree." --Dryden. "A knight is your degree." --Shak. "Lord or lady of high degree." --Lowell. [1913 Webster] 4. Measure of advancement; quality; extent; as, tastes differ in kind as well as in degree. [1913 Webster] The degree of excellence which proclaims genius, is different in different times and different places. --Sir. J. Reynolds. [1913 Webster] 5. Grade or rank to which scholars are admitted by a college or university, in recognition of their attainments; also, (informal) the diploma provided by an educational institution attesting to the achievement of that rank; as, the degree of bachelor of arts, master, doctor, etc.; to hang one's degrees on the office wall. [1913 Webster +PJC] Note: In the United States diplomas are usually given as the evidence of a degree conferred. In the humanities the first degree is that of bachelor of arts (B. A. or A. B.); the second that of master of arts (M. A. or A. M.). The degree of bachelor (of arts, science, divinity, law, etc.) is conferred upon those who complete a prescribed course of undergraduate study. The first degree in medicine is that of doctor of medicine (M. D.). The degrees of master and doctor are also conferred, in course, upon those who have completed certain prescribed postgraduate studies, as doctor of philosophy (Ph. D.); the degree of doctor is also conferred as a complimentary recognition of eminent services in science or letters, or for public services or distinction (as doctor of laws (LL. D.) or doctor of divinity (D. D.), when they are called honorary degrees. [1913 Webster] The youth attained his bachelor's degree, and left the university. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 6. (Genealogy) A certain distance or remove in the line of descent, determining the proximity of blood; one remove in the chain of relationship; as, a relation in the third or fourth degree. [1913 Webster] In the 11th century an opinion began to gain ground in Italy, that third cousins might marry, being in the seventh degree according to the civil law. --Hallam. [1913 Webster] 7. (Arith.) Three figures taken together in numeration; thus, 140 is one degree, 222,140 two degrees. [1913 Webster] 8. (Algebra) State as indicated by sum of exponents; more particularly, the degree of a term is indicated by the sum of the exponents of its literal factors; thus, a^2b^3c is a term of the sixth degree. The degree of a power, or radical, is denoted by its index, that of an equation by the greatest sum of the exponents of the unknown quantities in any term; thus, ax^4 + bx^2 = c, and mx^2y^2 + nyx = p, are both equations of the fourth degree. [1913 Webster] 9. (Trig.) A 360th part of the circumference of a circle, which part is taken as the principal unit of measure for arcs and angles. The degree is divided into 60 minutes and the minute into 60 seconds. [1913 Webster] 10. A division, space, or interval, marked on a mathematical or other instrument, as on a thermometer. 11. (Mus.) A line or space of the staff. [1913 Webster] Note: The short lines and their spaces are added degrees. [1913 Webster] Accumulation of degrees. (Eng. Univ.) See under Accumulation. By degrees, step by step; by little and little; by moderate advances. "I'll leave it by degrees." --Shak. Degree of a curve or Degree of a surface (Geom.), the number which expresses the degree of the equation of the curve or surface in rectilinear coordinates. A straight line will, in general, meet the curve or surface in a number of points equal to the degree of the curve or surface and no more. Degree of latitude (Geog.), on the earth, the distance on a meridian between two parallels of latitude whose latitudes differ from each other by one degree. This distance is not the same on different parts of a meridian, on account of the flattened figure of the earth, being 68.702 statute miles at the equator, and 69.396 at the poles. Degree of longitude, the distance on a parallel of latitude between two meridians that make an angle of one degree with each other at the poles -- a distance which varies as the cosine of the latitude, being at the equator 69.16 statute miles. To a degree, to an extreme; exceedingly; as, mendacious to a degree. [1913 Webster] It has been said that Scotsmen . . . are . . . grave to a degree on occasions when races more favored by nature are gladsome to excess. --Prof. Wilson. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

degree n 1: a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality; "a moderate grade of intelligence"; "a high level of care is required"; "it is all a matter of degree" [syn: degree, grade, level] 2: a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process; "a remarkable degree of frankness"; "at what stage are the social sciences?" [syn: degree, level, stage, point] 3: an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study; "he earned his degree at Princeton summa cum laude" [syn: academic degree, degree] 4: a measure for arcs and angles; "there are 360 degrees in a circle" [syn: degree, arcdegree] 5: the highest power of a term or variable 6: a unit of temperature on a specified scale; "the game was played in spite of the 40-degree temperature" 7: the seriousness of something (e.g., a burn or crime); "murder in the second degree"; "a second degree burn"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

172 Moby Thesaurus words for "degree": AA, AB, AM, Associate of Arts, BS, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Divinity, Bachelor of Science, DD, DDS, Doctor of Divinity, Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Letters, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Music, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Science, Doctor of Theology, JD, LLD, LittD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MLS, MS, Master of Arts, Master of Divinity, Master of Science, PhD, SB, SM, STD, ScD, ThD, baccalaureate, baccalaureus, bachelor, bar, bar line, barometer, bit by bit, brace, by degrees, canon, cardinal points, caste, check, class, compass card, compass rose, condition, consecutive intervals, considerably, continuity, criterion, decidedly, degrees, diapason, diatessaron, diatonic interval, diatonic semitone, dimension, doctor, doctorate, east, eastward, enharmonic diesis, enharmonic interval, estate, exceedingly, extent, fifth, fourth, gauge, gradation, grade, gradually, graduated scale, half points, half step, halftone, hierarchy, highly, inch by inch, inchmeal, interval, ledger line, lengths, less semitone, level, limit, line, little by little, lubber line, magnitude, master, measure, melodic interval, model, norm, north, northeast, northward, northwest, notch, note, occident, octave, order, orient, parallel octaves, parameter, pattern, place, point, position, proportion, quantity, quarter points, quite, rank, rate, rather, ratio, reading, readout, rhumb, rule, rung, scale, second, semitone, sequence, serial order, seventh, situation, sixth, size, slowly, somewhat, south, southeast, southward, southwest, space, staff, stage, standard, standing, station, status, stave, step, step by step, subordination, substantially, sunrise, sunset, test, third, to a degree, tone, touchstone, type, unison interval, value, west, westward, whole step, yardstick
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

degree valency The degree (or valency) of a node in a graph is the number of edges joined to it.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

DEGREE, measures. In angular measures, a degree is equal to sixty minutes, or the thirtieth part of a sine. Vide Measure.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

DEGREE, persons. By. degree, is understood the state or condition of a person. The ancient English statute of additions, for example, requires that in process, for the better description of a defendant, his state, degree, or mystery, shall be mentioned.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

DEGREE, descents. This word is derived from the French degre, which is itself taken from the Latin gradus, and signifies literally, a step in a stairway, or the round of a ladder. 2. Figuratively applied, and as it is understood in law, it is the distance between those who are allied by blood; it means the relations descending from a common ancestor, from generation to generation, as by so many steps. Hence, according to some Lexicographers, we obtain the word, pedigree (q.v.) Par degrez, by degree, the descent being reckoned par degrez. Minshew. Each generation lengthens the line of descent one degree, for the degrees are only the generations marked in a line by small circles or squares, in which the names of the persons forming it are written. Vide Consanguinity;, Line; and also Ayliffe's Parergon, 209; Toull. Dr. Civ. Frau. liv. 3, t. 1, c. 3, n. 158; Aso & Man. Inst. B. 2, t. 4, c. 3, Sec. 1.