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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Degree  \De*gree"\,  n.  [F.  degr['e],  OF  degret,  fr  LL 
  degradare  See  {Degrade}.] 
  1.  A  step,  stair,  or  staircase.  [Obs.] 
 
  By  ladders,  or  else  by  degree.  --Rom.  of  R. 
 
  2.  One  of  a  series  of  progressive  steps  upward  or  downward, 
  in  quality,  rank,  acquirement,  and  the  like  a  stage  in 
  progression;  grade;  gradation;  as  degrees  of  vice  and 
  virtue;  to  advance  by  slow  degrees;  degree  of  comparison. 
 
  3.  The  point  or  step  of  progression  to  which  a  person  has 
  arrived;  rank  or  station  in  life;  position.  ``A  dame  of 
  high  degree.''  --Dryden.  ``A  knight  is  your  degree.'' 
  --Shak.  ``Lord  or  lady  of  high  degree.''  --Lowell. 
 
  4.  Measure  of  advancement;  quality;  extent;  as  tastes  differ 
  in  kind  as  well  as  in  degree. 
 
  The  degree  of  excellence  which  proclaims  genius,  is 
  different  in  different  times  and  different  places. 
  --Sir.  J. 
  Reynolds. 
 
  5.  Grade  or  rank  to  which  scholars  are  admitted  by  a  college 
  or  university,  in  recognition  of  their  attainments;  as 
  the  degree  of  bachelor  of  arts,  master,  doctor,  etc 
 
  Note:  In  the  United  States  diplomas  are  usually  given  as  the 
  evidence  of  a  degree  conferred.  In  the  humanities  the 
  first  degree  is  that  of  bachelor  of  arts  (B.  A.  or  A. 
  B.);  the  second  that  of  master  of  arts  (M.  A.  or  A. 
  M.).  The  degree  of  bachelor  (of  arts,  science, 
  divinity,  law,  etc.)  is  conferred  upon  those  who 
  complete  a  prescribed  course  of  undergraduate  study. 
  The  first  degree  in  medicine  is  that  of  doctor  of 
  medicine  (M.  D.).  The  degrees  of  master  and  doctor  are 
  sometimes  conferred,  in  course,  upon  those  who  have 
  completed  certain  prescribed  postgraduate  studies,  as 
  doctor  of  philosophy  (Ph.  D.);  but  more  frequently  the 
  degree  of  doctor  is  conferred  as  a  complimentary 
  recognition  of  eminent  services  in  science  or  letters, 
  or  for  public  services  or  distinction  (as  doctor  of 
  laws  (LL.  D.)  or  doctor  of  divinity  (D.  D.),  when  they 
  are  called  honorary  degrees. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  degree 
  n  1:  a  position  on  a  scale  of  intensity  or  amount  or  quality:  "a 
  moderate  degree  of  intelligence";  "a  high  level  of  care 
  is  required";  "it  is  all  a  matter  of  degree"  [syn:  {grade}, 
  {level}] 
  2:  a  specific  identifiable  position  in  a  continuum  or  series  or 
  especially  in  a  process;  "a  remarkable  degree  of 
  frankness";  "at  what  stage  are  the  social  sciences?"  [syn: 
  {level},  {stage},  {point}] 
  3:  an  award  conferred  by  a  college  or  university  signifying 
  that  the  recipient  has  satisfactorily  completed  a  course 
  of  study;  "he  earned  his  degree  at  Princeton  summa  cum 
  laude"  [syn:  {academic  degree}] 
  4:  a  measure  for  arcs  and  angles;  "there  are  360  degrees  in  a 
  circle"  [syn:  {arcdegree}] 
  5:  the  highest  power  of  a  term  or  variable 
  6:  a  unit  of  temperature  on  a  specified  scale;  "the  game  was 
  played  in  spite  of  the  40-degree  temperature" 
  7:  the  seriousness  of  something  (e.g.,  a  burn  or  crime); 
  "murder  in  the  second  degree";  "a  second  degree  burn" 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  degree 
 
  The  degree  (or  valency)  of  a  node  in  a  graph  is  the  number  of 
  edges  joined  to  it 
 
 




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