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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Grade \Grade\ (gr[=a]d), n. [F. grade, L. gradus step, pace,
     grade, from gradi to step, go. Cf. Congress, Degree,
     1. A step or degree in any series, rank, quality, order;
        relative position or standing; as, grades of military
        rank; crimes of every grade; grades of flour.
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              They also appointed and removed, at their own
              teachers of every grade.              --Buckle.
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     2. In a railroad or highway:
        (a) The rate of ascent or descent; gradient; deviation
            from a level surface to an inclined plane; -- usually
            stated as so many feet per mile, or as one foot rise
            or fall in so many of horizontal distance; as, a heavy
            grade; a grade of twenty feet per mile, or of 1 in
        (b) A graded ascending, descending, or level portion of a
            road; a gradient.
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     3. (Stock Breeding) The result of crossing a native stock
        with some better breed. If the crossbreed have more than
        three fourths of the better blood, it is called high
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     At grade, on the same level; -- said of the crossing of a
        railroad with another railroad or a highway, when they are
        on the same level at the point of crossing.
     Down grade, a descent, as on a graded railroad.
     Up grade, an ascent, as on a graded railroad.
     Equating for grades. See under Equate.
     Grade crossing, a crossing at grade.
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