(obsolete, outside, heraldry) A step on a set of stairs; the rung of a ladder.
An individual step, or stage, in any process or scale of values.
A stage of rank or privilege; social standing.
* 1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. Bible , Luke XX:
(genealogy) A ‘step’ in genealogical descent.
* 2002 , , The Great Nation , Penguin 2003, page 140:
- Master, we knowe that thou sayest, and teachest ryght, nether considerest thou eny mannes degre , but techest the waye of god truely.
* 1851 , (Herman Melville), (Moby-Dick) :
- Louis created the École militaire in Paris in 1751, in which 500 scholarships were designated for noblemen able to prove four degrees of noble status.
The amount that an entity possesses a certain property; relative intensity, extent.
- If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree , some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.
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A stage of proficiency or qualification in a course of study, now especially an award bestowed by a university or, in some countries, a college, as a certification of academic achievement. (In the United States, can include secondary schools.)
(geometry) A unit of measurement of angle equal to 1/360 of a circle's circumference.
(physics) A unit of measurement of temperature on any of several scales, such as Celsius or Fahrenheit.
(mathematics) The sum of the exponents of a term; the order of a polynomial.
(graph theory) The number of edges that a vertex takes part in; a valency.
(surveying) The curvature of a circular arc, expressed as the angle subtended by a fixed length of arc or chord.
* (unit of angle)
* (unit of temperature)
* academic degree
* advanced degree
* bachelor's degree
* degree Celsius
* degree centigrade
* degree days
* degree of frost
* degree Fahrenheit
* first degree burn
* master's degree
* second degree burn
* A person who is engaged in a course of study leading to the earning of a degree can be described (in the present progressive tense) as "doing a degree" in British English, and as "getting a degree" in American English. For example, in American English, "She is currently getting''' her master's degree at State University."'' In British English, ''"I am still confused about when to use 'an' instead of 'a'. Is it an hour or a hour, and if someone is '''doing a master's degree in arts, is it an MA or a MA?" (
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A promise or vow made on entering a religious order.
* 1796 , Matthew Lewis, The Monk , Folio Society 1985, p. 27:
- She died only a few years after her profession .
A declaration of belief, faith or of one's opinion.
- Rosario was a young novice belonging to the monastery, who in three months intended to make his profession .
An occupation, trade, craft, or activity in which one has a professed expertise in a particular area; a job, especially one requiring a high level of skill or training.
- Despite his continued professions of innocence, the court eventually sentenced him to five years.
The practitioners of such an occupation collectively.
- My father was a barrister by profession .
- His conduct is against the established practices of the legal profession .
* liberal profession