- degree
**degree**[di grē′]__n.__[ME*degre*< OFr*degr*é, 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.**social or official rank, position, or class [a man of low degree]**4.**relative condition; manner, respect, or relation [each contributing to victory in his degree]**5.**extent, amount, or relative intensity [hungry to a slight degree, burns of the third degree]**6.***Algebra*rank as determined by the sum of a term's exponents [the terms a^{3}c^{2}and x^{5}are of the fifth degree]**7.***Educ.*a rank given by a college or university to a student who has completed a required course of study, or to a distinguished person as an honor**8.***Gram.*a grade of comparison of adjectives and adverbs [the positive degree is “good,” the comparative degree is “better,” and the superlative degree is “best” ]☆**9.***Law*the seriousness of a crime [murder in the first degree]**10.***Math. Astron. Geog. etc.*a unit of measure for angles or arcs, one 360th part of the circumference of a circle: the measure of an angle is the number of degrees between its sides considered as radii of a circle: symbol, ° [a right angle has 90 degrees]**11.***Music*the relative position of a note within a given scale [B is the second degree in the scale of A]**12.***Physics***a)**a unit of measure on a scale, as for temperature**b)**a line marking a degree, as on a thermometer——————by degreesstep by step; gradually——————to a degree**1.***Chiefly Brit.*to a great extent**2.**somewhat

*English World dictionary.
V. Neufeldt.
2014.*