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Definition of Degree


  1. A step, stair, or staircase.
  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.
  3. The point or step of progression to which a person has arrived; rank or station in life; position.
  4. Measure of advancement; quality; extent; as, tastes differ in kind as well as in degree.
  5. Grade or rank to which scholars are admitted by a college or university, in recognition of their attainments; as, the degree of bachelor of arts, master, doctor, etc.
  6. 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.
  7. Three figures taken together in numeration; thus, 140 is one degree, 222,140 two degrees.
  8. 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, a2b3c 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, ax4 + bx2 = c, and mx2y2 + nyx = p, are both equations of the fourth degree.
  9. 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.
  10. A division, space, or interval, marked on a mathematical or other instrument, as on a thermometer.
  11. A line or space of the staff.

Degree Quotations

Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.

A college degree is the key to realizing the American dream, well worth the financial sacrifice because it is supposed to open the door to a world of opportunity.
Dan Rather

You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.
Tom Brokaw

Where the stakes are the highest, in the war on terror, we cannot possibly succeed without extraordinary international cooperation. Effective international police actions require the highest degree of intelligence sharing, planning and collaborative enforcement.
Barack Obama

Men and women must be educated, in a great degree, by the opinions and manners of the society they live in.
Mary Wollstonecraft
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Degree Translations

degree in Afrikaans is graad
degree in Danish is grad, titel
degree in Dutch is trap, mate, graad
degree in Finnish is aste
degree in Hungarian is fok, fokozat
degree in Italian is grado, licensa
degree in Norwegian is grad, eksamen
degree in Portuguese is grau
degree in Spanish is licencia, grado
degree in Swedish is grad
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