Degree
Definition of Degree
De`gree´ n.  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; 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.   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.   7.  (Arith.) Three figures taken together in numeration; thus, 140 is one degree, 222,140 two degrees.   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, 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.  (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.   10.  (Mus.) A division, space, or interval, marked on a mathematical or other instrument, as on a thermometer.Accumulation of degrees  (Eng. Univ.) See under Accumulation. 

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Degerm Degerminator Deglaze Deglazing Degloried Deglutinate Deglutination Deglutition Deglutitious Deglutitory Degradation Degradation of energy Degrade Degraded Degradement degrading degradingly Degras Degravation Degrease Degree Degree of a curve Degree of latitude Degree of longitude degreed degressive Degu Degum Degust Degustation Dehisce Dehiscence Dehiscent Dehonestate Dehonestation Dehorn Dehors Dehort Dehortation Dehortative Dehortatory
