1) N-COUNT: with supp, usu N of n You use degree to indicate the extent to which something happens or is the case, or the amount which something is felt.

These man-made barriers will ensure a very high degree of protection for several hundred years...

Recent presidents have used television, as well as radio, with varying degrees of success.

PHRASE: PHR n If something has a degree of a particular quality, it has a small but significant amount of that quality.

Their wages do, however, allow them a degree of independence...

A degree of cautious optimism is justified.

a measure of
2) N-UNCOUNT: of/in N You use degree in expressions such as a matter of degree and different in degree to indicate that you are talking about the comparative quantity, scale, or extent of something, rather than other factors.

The first change is a matter of degree, the second is a fundamental shift...

Generally, the programs of the president and the proposals of the governor appear to differ in degree and emphasis rather than ideology.

3) N-COUNT: usu num N A degree is a unit of measurement that is used to measure temperatures. It is often written as °, for example 23°.

It's over 80 degrees outside...

Pure water sometimes does not freeze until it reaches minus 40 degrees Celsius.

4) N-COUNT: usu num N A degree is a unit of measurement that is used to measure angles, and also longitude and latitude. It is often written as °, for example 23°.

It was pointing outward at an angle of 45 degrees.

...McMurdo Station in Antarctica, which is at 78 degrees South.

5) N-COUNT: usu with supp A degree at a university or college is a course of study that you take there, or the qualification that you get when you have passed the course.

It was two years later that he returned to take a master's degree in economics at Yale. engineering degree.

...the first year of a degree course.

6) See also , second-degree, third-degree
7) PHRASE If something happens by degrees, it happens slowly and gradually.

The crowd in Robinson's Coffee-House was thinning, but only by degrees.

8) PHRASE: PHR with cl (vagueness) You use expressions such as to some degree, to a large degree, or to a certain degree in order to indicate that something is partly true, but not entirely true.

These statements are, to some degree, all correct.

to some extent
9) PHRASE (vagueness) You use expressions such as to what degree and to the degree that when you are discussing how true a statement is, or in what ways it is true.

To what degree would you say you had control over things that went on?...

He believes in himself to such a degree that he abuses his friends.

to what extent, to the extent that
10) to the nth degreesee nth

English dictionary. 2008.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Degree — may refer to: Contents 1 As a unit of measurement 2 In mathematics 3 In education …   Wikipedia

  • 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