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## degree

**1.**a stage in a scale of relative amount or intensity

**2.**an academic award conferred by a university or college on successful completion of a course or as an honorary distinction (

**honorary degree**)

**3.**

*Med*any of three categories of seriousness of a burn

**4.**(in the US) any of the categories into which a crime is divided according to its seriousness

**5.**

*Music*any note of a diatonic scale relative to the other notes in that scale

**6.**a unit of temperature on a specified scale

**7.**

*Geometry*a measure of angle equal to one three-hundred-and-sixtieth of the angle traced by one complete revolution of a line about one of its ends.

**8.**

*Geography*

**a.**a unit of latitude or longitude, divided into 60 minutes, used to define points on the earth's surface or on the celestial sphere

**b.**a point or line defined by units of latitude and/or longitude.

**9.**a unit on any of several scales of measurement, as for alcohol content or specific gravity.

**10.**

*Maths*

**a.**the highest power or the sum of the powers of any term in a polynomial or by itself

**b.**the greatest power of the highest order derivative in a differential equation

## Degree

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)A degree is 1/360 of the circumference of a circle. The number 360 may come from older notions about the year being 360 days in length.

## Degree

in music, any of the tones or notes in a scale or tuning system. European music of the 17th through the 19th century was based on a system of 12 degrees, in which major and minor diatonic scales predominated; chromatic scales, however, were also used. The 12 degrees were divided into two groups: seven degrees corresponding in C major to the white keys on the piano and five degrees corresponding to the black keys. In 20th-century music all 12 degrees are frequently used without such division, yielding a chromatic scale. Other systems include the pentatonic scale, with five degrees, and microtonal scales with 24 or 36 degrees.

## degree

[di′grē]*x,y*) = 0, the degree of the polynomial ƒ(

*x,y*).

## degree

**2.**A stair, or set of steps.