- any of the successive steps or stages in a process or series
- a step in the direct line of descent: a cousin in the second
*degree* - social or official rank, position, or class: a man of low
*degree* - relative condition; manner, respect, or relation: each contributing to victory in his
*degree* - extent, amount, or relative intensity: hungry to a slight
*degree*, burns of the third*degree* - Algebra rank as determined by the sum of a term's exponents: the terms
*a**c*and*x*are of the fifth*degree* - 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
- 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” - Law the seriousness of a crime: murder in the first
*degree* - 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* - Music the relative position of a note within a given scale: B is the second
*degree*in the scale of A - Physics
- a unit of measure on a scale, as for temperature
- a line marking a degree, as on a thermometer

Origin of degree

Middle English*degre*from Old French

*degré*, degree, step, rank from Vulgar Latin an unverified form

*degradus*from

*degradare*: see degrade

**degree Idioms**

by degrees

to a degree

- Chiefly Brit., Old-fashioned to a great extent
- somewhatalso to some degree