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English noun: degree

1. degree (attribute) a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality

SamplesA moderate grade of intelligence.
A high level of care is required.
It is all a matter of degree.

Synonymsgrade, level

Broader (hypernym)property

Narrower (hyponym)amplitude level, caliber, calibre, depth, extreme, grind, high, highness, immoderateness, immoderation, intensity, intensiveness, low, lowness, moderateness, moderation, quality, SPF, sun protection factor

Attributehigh, intense, low, mild

2. degree (state) a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process

SamplesA remarkable degree of frankness.
At what stage are the social sciences?.

Synonymslevel, point, stage

Broader (hypernym)state

Narrower (hyponym)acme, climax, elevation, end point, extent, height, ladder, meridian, peak, pinnacle, plane, quickening, resultant, standard of life, standard of living, state of the art, summit, superlative, tiptop, top, ultimacy, ultimateness

3. degree (communication) an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study

SamplesHe earned his degree at Princeton summa cum laude.

Synonymsacademic degree

Broader (hypernym)accolade, award, honor, honour, laurels

Narrower (hyponym)associate, associate degree, baccalaureate, bachelor's degree, doctor's degree, doctorate, honorary degree, honoris causa, honours, honours degree, law degree, master's degree

4. degree (quantity) a measure for arcs and angles

SamplesThere are 360 degrees in a circle.


Broader (hypernym)angular unit

Part holonymarcminute, minute, minute of arc

Part meronymoxtant, sextant

5. degree (cognition) the highest power of a term or variable

Broader (hypernym)exponent, index, power

Narrower (hyponym)degree of a polynomial, degree of a term, first degree

6. degree (quantity) a unit of temperature on a specified scale

SamplesThe game was played in spite of the 40-degree temperature.

Broader (hypernym)temperature unit

Narrower (hyponym)C, degree Celsius, degree centigrade, degree Fahrenheit, F

7. degree (attribute) the seriousness of something (e.g., a burn or crime)

SamplesMurder in the second degree.
A second degree burn.

Broader (hypernym)magnitude

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