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Definition of the noun degree

What does degree mean as a name of something?

Degree is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: degrees

  1. a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
    • example: it is all a matter of degree
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of degree: grade / level
    • more generic word: property = a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
    • more specific terms:
    • attributes:
      • high = greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount
      • low = less than normal in degree or intensity or amount
      • mild = moderate in type or degree or effect or force
      • intense = possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
  2. a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
  3. an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study
  4. a measure for arcs and angles
    • example: there are 360 degrees in a circle
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of degree: arcdegree
    • more generic term: angular unit = a unit of measurement for angles
    • part of: oxtant = a unit of angular distance equal to half a quadrant; sextant = a unit of angular distance equal to 60 degrees
    • part: minute of arc / arcminute / minute = a unit of angular distance equal to a 60th of a degree
  5. the highest power of a term or variable
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: exponent / index / power = a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself
    • more specific terms:
  6. a unit of temperature on a specified scale
    • example: the game was played in spite of the 40-degree temperature
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic term: temperature unit = a unit of measurement for temperature
    • more specific terms:
  7. the seriousness of something (e.g., a burn or crime)
    • examples: murder in the second degree | a second degree burn
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: magnitude = the property of relative size or extent

Alternative definition of the noun degree


  1. [obsolete except heraldry] A step on a set of stairs; the rung of a ladder. [definition from 13th c.]
    • synonym: °
  2. An individual step, or stage, in any process or scale of values. [definition from 13th c.]
    • synonym: °
  3. A stage of rank or privilege; social standing. [definition from 13th c.]
  4. [genealogy] A ‘step’ in genealogical descent. [definition from 14th c.]
  5. [context: now rare] One's relative state or experience; way, manner. [definition from 14th c.]
  6. The amount that an entity possesses a certain property; relative intensity, extent. [definition from 14th c.]
  7. A stage of proficiency or qualification in a course of study, now especially an award bestowed by a university or, in some countries, a college, as a certification of academic achievement. (In the United States, can include secondary schools.) [definition from 14th c.]
  8. [geometry] A unit of measurement of angle equal to 1/360 of a circle's circumference. [definition from 14th c.]
  9. [physics] A unit of measurement of temperature on any of several scales, such as Celsius or Fahrenheit. [definition from 18th c.]
  10. [mathematics] The sum of the exponents of a term; the order of a polynomial. [definition from 18th c.]
  11. [graph theory] The number of edges that a vertex takes part in; a valency.
  12. [surveying] The curvature of a circular arc, expressed as the angle subtended by a fixed length of arc or chord.


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Degree is a brand of antiperspirant for men and women that is manufactured by Unilever. It comes in stick, gel, and spray forms. It is the North American version of Sure in the United Kingdom and Rexona in the rest of the world.


  1. "Degree" is a musical album of Oslø Telescopic.
    • released in (16 years ago)
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    • released in (18 years ago)


  1. Degree: In graph theory, the degree of a vertex of a graph is the number of edges incident to the vertex, with loops counted twice. The degree of a vertex is denoted or . The maximum degree of a graph G, denoted by Δ, and the minimum degree of a graph, denoted by δ, are the maximum and minimum degree of its vertices. In the graph on the right, the maximum degree is 5 and the minimum degree is 0. In a regular graph, all degrees are the same, and so we can speak of the degree of the graph.
  2. Degree: In music theory, a scale degree is the name given to a particular note of a scale to specify its position relative to the tonic. The tonic is considered to be the first degree of the scale, from which each octave is assumed to begin.
    • also known as 音級
  3. Degree: The term degree is used in several scales of temperature. The symbol ° is usually used, followed by the initial letter of the unit, for example “°C” for degree Celsius. A degree can be defined as a set change in temperature measured against a given scale, for example, one degree Celsius is one hundredth of the temperature change between the point at which water starts to change state from solid to liquid state and the point at which it starts to change from its gaseous state to liquid.
  4. Degree: באלגברה מופשטת, הדרגה של אלגברה מממד סופי היא המעלה של פולינום מינימלי גנרי של לאלגברה. הדרגה חסומה על ידי מימד האלגברה, ושווה לה במקרים מסוימים; למשל, הדרגה של הרחבת שדות ספרבילית שווה לממד. עם זאת, הדרגה יכולה להיות קטנה מהממד: הדרגה של אלגברת המטריצות היא . לכן הדרגה חסומה על ידי מימד ההצגה הלינארית הקטנה ביותר של האלגברה. הדרגה אינה משתנה תחת הרחבת סקלרים.
  5. Degree: The academic degree this student received from this institution.
  6. The degree for which this dissertation was written.

Phrases with Degree

Phrases starting with the word Degree:

  1. degree day
  2. Degree Mill
  3. degree Kelvin
  4. degree celsius
  5. degree program
  6. Degree Rankine

Phrases ending with the word Degree:

  1. 360-Degree
  2. law degree
  3. Arts Degree
  4. first degree
  5. first-degree
  6. scale degree
  7. third degree
  8. third-degree
  9. to no degree
  10. Fourth-Degree
  11. second-degree
  12. Turing Degree
  13. honours degree
  14. to that degree

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Degree

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Google previewNursing Now! Today's Issues, Tomorrow's Trends (2015)

by Joseph T Catalano

Doctoral Programs In the evolution of the various levels of education, the baccalaureate degree is a generalist's degree...

Google previewThe Grammar of English Grammars (1859)

With an Introduction, Historical and Critical ; the Whole Methodically Arranged and Amply Illustrated with ... a Key to the Oral Exercises, to which are Added Four Appendixes, Pertaining Separately to the Four Parts of Grammar by Goold Brown

The positive degree is that which is expressed by the adjective in its simple form t as, “An elephant is large; a mouse, small; a lion, fierce, active, bold, and strong.” The comparative degree is that which is more or less than something contrasted ...

Google previewEssential Readings in Vocational Technical Education (2013)

by Clement Segun Oni

Probably, a Bachelor's degree is the least require qualification for an instructor in the secondary and technical colleges in Nigeria. One would as well assume that this should be the required qualification, but Table 1 shows that majority of ...

Google previewThe Capacity to Share (2012)

A Study of Cuba’s International Cooperation in Educational Development by A. Hickling-Hudson, J. González, R. Preston

The interviews with these graduates illustrated that a characteristic feature of the Cuban degree is that of providing students...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Brewing (2013)

Degree. of. general. hardness. A unit used to quantify the hardness of water and equivalent to a mineral content of 10 mg of...

Degree. Plato. The Plato scale is used to describe the concentration of solutions of worts or sugars. The scale is a ...

Google previewDictionary of Education

by S. Bhushan

Degree, bachelor's Democracy, radical are inferior to others and at a disadvantage due to the presence of biological, cultural, or socio-economic differences. Degree, bachelor's: Any academic degree, earned or honorary, carrying the title of ...

Google previewThe American history and encyclopedia of music ... (1908)

by Janet M. Green, Josephine Thrall

Using the third degree as a root, a triad will contain the degrees 3, 5 and 7. The fact that the intervals of this triad are of the same magnitude as those of the preceding triad makes it self-evident that this also is a minor triad. Using the fourth ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

Factors as varied as age, learning style, degree of motivation, level of involvement, attitudinal development, prior knowledge, degree of assistance, etc., appear to affect the level of difficulty of particular exercise types. The relative degree of ...

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Quotes about Degree

All women's issues are to some degree men's issues and all men's issues are to some degree women's issues because when either sex wins unilaterally both sexes lose. (Warren Farrell)
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Scrabble value of D2E1G2R1E1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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