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Noun: degree  di'gree
  1. A position on a scale of intensity, amount or quality
    "it is all a matter of degree";
    - grade, level
  2. A specific identifiable position in a continuum, series or especially in a process
    "a remarkable degree of frankness";
    - level, stage, point, phase, phasis
  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";
    - academic degree
  4. A measure for arcs and angles
    "there are 360 degrees in a circle";
    - 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"

Derived forms: degrees

See also: high, intense, low, mild

Type of: accolade, angular unit, award, exponent, honor [US], honour [Brit, Cdn], index, laurels, magnitude, power, property, state, temperature unit

Part of: oxtant, sextant

Encyclopedia: Degree