- any of the stages in an orderly, systematic progression; step; degree
- a degree or rating in a scale classifying according to quality, rank, worth, intensity, etc.: often in hyphenated compounds: grade A eggs, weapons-grade plutonium
- any of the official ranks or ratings of officers or enlisted men: an army colonel and a navy captain are in grade O-6
- an accepted standard or level: up to grade
- a group of people of the same rank, merit, worth, etc.
- the degree of rise or descent of a sloping surface, as of a highway, railroad, etc.
- such a sloping surface
- the ground level around a building
- any of the divisions in a school curriculum usually equal to one year; most systems in the U.S. include twelve grades after the kindergarten
- a group of pupils forming such a division in a school
- ☆ a mark or rating on an examination, in a school course, etc.
- ☆ Animal Husbandry an animal with one parent of pure breed
- Linguis. any of the various forms in which a vowel may appear in grammatically or etymologically related forms as a result of gradation
Fr < L gradus, a step, degree, rank < gradi, to step, walk < IE base *ghredh-, to stride > Goth griths, step
transitive verb graded, grading
- to arrange or classify by grades; rate according to quality, rank, worth, etc.; sort
- to give a grade (sense ) to
- to gradate
- ☆ to level or slope (ground, a road, etc.) evenly
- ☆ Animal Husbandry to improve by crossing with a pure breed: often with up