rank, extent; unit of measurement of angles; unit of measurement of temperature; academic title received after completing a program of studies at a university or college
A measure of temperature difference representing a single division on a temperature scale. See Celsius, Fahrentheit, and Kelvin scales.
Black belt rank given in a martial art to one who has completed a prescribed course of study. Though no such ranks were issued originally in the Chinese styles, other than master and student, many American kung-fu instructors have adopted a system similar to that used in karate and other arts.
The zodiac is divided into 360 equal degrees, which are themselves divided into twelve signs of thirty degrees each. One degree contains 60 minutes and each minute contains 60 seconds of longitudinal arc.
A unit of angular measure: A circle is divided into 360 degrees, represented by the symbol o . Degrees are used to divide the roughly spherical shape of the Earth for geographic and cartographic purposes.
\de*gree"\ (?), n. [f. degré, of. degret, fr. ll. degradare. see degrade.] 1.
a step, stair, or staircase. [obs.] by ladders, or else by degree. of r. 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. "a dame of high degree." "a knight is your degree." "lord or lady of high degree." 4.
measure of advancement; quality; extent; as, tastes differ in kind as well as in degree. the degree of excellence which proclaims genius, is different in different times and different places. j. reynolds. 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.
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 sometimes conferred, in course, upon those who have completed certain prescribed postgraduate studies, as doctor of philosophy (ph. d.); but more frequently the degree of doctor is 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. the youth attained his bachelor's degree, and left the university. 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. 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. 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.
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.
note: the short lines and their spaces are added degrees.
may refer to:
As a unit of measurement
- Degree symbol, (°), a notation used in science, engineering and mathematics
- Degree (angle), a unit of angle measurement
- Degree in geographic coordinate system
- Degree (temperature), a unit of temperature measurement
- Degree API, a measure of density in the petroleum industry
- Degree Baumé, a pair of density scales
- Degree Brix, a measure of sugar concentration
- Degree Gay-Lussac, a measure of the alcohol content of a liquid by volume, ranging from 0° to 100°
- Degree proof, or simply proof, the alcohol content of a liquid, ranging from 0° to 175° in the UK, and from 0° to 200° in the U.S.
- Degree of curvature, a unit of curvature measurement, used in civil engineering
- Degrees of freedom (mechanics), the number of displacements and/or rotations needed to define the position and orientation of a body
- Degrees of freedom (physics and chemistry), a concept describing dependence on a countable set of parameters
- Degree of frost, a unit of temperature measurement
- Degrees Lintner, a measure of enzymatic activity
- Degrees Lovibond, a measure of transparency
- Degree of unsaturation, in organic chemistry, also known as the index of hydrogen deficiency or rings plus double bonds
- dGH, degrees of general hardness of water
- Degree of carbonate hardness of water (degree KH)
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A Masonic term. In a masonic lodge there are three degrees, the first is called Entered Apprentice, the second Fellowcraft, and the third is master mason. When a candidate receives the third degree in a masonic lodge, he is subjected to some activities that involve an interrogation and it is more physically challenging than the first two degrees.
An angle equaling 1/360 of a circle.
1. a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality; "a moderate degree of intelligence"; "a high level of care is required"; "it is all a matter of degree"
(synonym) grade, level
(hyponym) quality, caliber, calibre
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?"
(synonym) 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"
(synonym) academic degree
(hypernym) award, accolade, honor, honour, laurels
(hyponym) associate degree, associate
4. a unit of temperature on a specified scale; "the game was played in spite of the 40-degree temperature"
(hypernym) temperature unit
(hyponym) degree Centigrade, degree Celsius, C
5. a measure for arcs and angles; "there are 360 degrees in a circle"
(hypernym) angular unit
(part-meronym) minute, arcminute, minute of arc
6. the highest power of a term or variable
(hypernym) exponent, power, index
(hyponym) degree of a term
7. the seriousness of something (e.g., a burn or crime); "murder in the second degree"; "a second degree burn"
a. of equal degree Dim =
n. nothing; anything; something; everything, trifle, a. no; any,
adv. in no degree, not at all Gern =
n. a progenitor in the fifth degree Gorchaw =
n. descendant in the fifth degree Gorcheifn =
n. collateral relation in the seventh degree Gorchyfnai =
n. a descendant in the eighth degree Goresgynwr, Goresgynydd =
n. an occupant; a vanquisher; a descendant in the fifth degree Gorhengaw =
n. ancestor in the fifth degree Gradd =
n. degree, rank, state Gwrthern =
n. a relation in the eventh degree of affinity Iselradd =
n. a low degree Isradd =
n. an inferior degree Israddol =
a. of an inferior degree Llai =
n. mud; raven gray, a. small; also smaller, ad. in a smaller degree
[A143/B182] The intensive magnitude of a sensation. In the Schematism Kant argues that qua possessor of magnitude, sensations therefore have intensive degrees and are representable as extensive and intensive quanta. [A166/B207] In the Anticipations of Perceptions, Kant explicitly identifies degree with the intensive magnitude of a sensation. "This magnitude is generated in the act of apprehension" and, in effect, is the intensity of a sensation. All sensation contains an intensive magnitude and thus is a sensation to a certain degree.
The level or status of a practitioner of magick. You must face various tests of knowledge and practical experience in order to progress to another degree within your tradition.
Level. A way of grading how far someone has progressed within certain Paths, also known as Degrees, i.e. First Degree.
Three figures taken together in numeration; thus, 140 is one degree, 222,140 two degrees.
The point or step of progression to which a person has arrived; rank or station in life; position.
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.
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.
Measure of advancement; quality; extent; as, tastes differ in kind as well as in degree.
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.
A step, stair, or staircase.
A line or space of the staff.
A division, space, or interval, marked on a mathematical or other instrument, as on a thermometer.
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.
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.
1. intense questioning, often with rough treatment, used by authorities to extract information from a person; 2. any intense questioning: “I was given the third degree about the scratch on the side door of the van”
1/360 part of a circle.
This word is derived from the French 'degre,' taken from the Latin 'gradus,' and literally signifies a step in a stairway or the round of a ladder.
As 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 Par degrez, by degree, the descent being reckoned par degrez. 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.
Persons. By degree is understood the state or condition of a person. For example, the ancient English statute of additions requires that in process, for the better description of a defendant, his state, degree or mystery, shall be mentioned.
Academic. Mark of distinction conferred on students in testimony of their proficiency in arts and sciences. They are of pontifical origin.
This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
An incremental value in the temperature scale, i.e., there are 100° between the ice point and the boiling point of water in the Celsius scale and 180°F between the same two points in the Fahrenheit scale.
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