Degree 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
  • 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)

In mathematics

In education

Other measures

  • Degree (music), identification of a note in a scale by its relation to the tonic
  • Degree of inventiveness in inventions and patents
  • Degree of separation in connectivity between groups (first degree is closest)
  • Degree of relationship, in kinship between individuals (first degree is closest)
  • The positive, comparative, and superlative degrees, in linguistics (e.g. "good", "better", and "best", respectively)
  • The severity of a crime, e.g., first degree murder (first degree is worst)
  • The intensity of a burn (the higher the worse)
  • A level of initiation, often used in fraternal organizations
  • A ranking of black belt, in certain martial arts

Other uses

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  • Degree — De*gree , n. [F. degr[ e], OF. degret, fr. LL. degradare. See {Degrade}.] 1. A step, stair, or staircase. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] By ladders, or else by degree. Rom. of R. [1913 Webster] 2. One of a series of progressive steps upward or downward,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • degree — de·gree n 1: a step in a direct line of descent or in the line of ascent to a common ancestor 2 a: a measure of the seriousness of a crime see also fifth degree, first degree, f …   Law dictionary

  • degree — [di grē′] n. [ME degre < OFr degré, degree, step, rank < VL * degradus < degradare: see DEGRADE] 1. any of the successive steps or stages in a process or series 2. a step in the direct line of descent [a cousin in the second degree] 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • degree — In Sheridan s The Rivals (1775), we find the assertion Assuredly, sir, your father is wrath to a degree, meaning ‘your father is extremely cross’. The use survived in more florid English into the 20c and was accepted by Fowler (1926) ‘however… …   Modern English usage

  • degree — early 13c., from O.Fr. degré (12c.) a step (of a stair), pace, degree (of relationship), academic degree; rank, status, position, said to be from V.L. *degradus a step, from L.L. degredare, from L. de down (see DE (Cf. de )) + gradus step (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • degree — ► NOUN 1) the amount, level, or extent to which something happens or is present. 2) a unit of measurement of angles, equivalent to one ninetieth of a right angle. 3) a unit in a scale of temperature, intensity, hardness, etc. 4) an academic rank… …   English terms dictionary

  • dégréé — dégréé, ée (dé gré é, ée) part. passé. Un vaisseau dégréé …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • degree — of freedom degree of polymerization …   Mechanics glossary

  • degree — [n1] unit of measurement amount, amplitude, caliber, dimension, division, expanse, extent, gauge, gradation, grade, height, intensity, interval, length, limit, line, link, mark, notch, period, plane, point, proportion, quality, quantity, range,… …   New thesaurus

  • degree — noun 1 measurement of angles VERB + DEGREE ▪ rotate, spin, turn ▪ I turned the wheel 90 degrees, PREPOSITION ▪ through … degrees ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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