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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Degree \De*gree"\, n. [F. degr['e], OF. degret, fr. LL.
     degradare. See Degrade.]
     1. A step, stair, or staircase. [Obs.]
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              By ladders, or else by degree.        --Rom. of R.
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     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.
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     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.
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     4. Measure of advancement; quality; extent; as, tastes differ
        in kind as well as in degree.
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              The degree of excellence which proclaims genius, is
              different in different times and different places.
                                                    --Sir. J.
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     5. Grade or rank to which scholars are admitted by a college
        or university, in recognition of their attainments; also,
        (informal) the diploma provided by an educational
        institution attesting to the achievement of that rank; as,
        the degree of bachelor of arts, master, doctor, etc.; to
        hang one's degrees on the office wall.
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     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
           also conferred, in course, upon those who have
           completed certain prescribed postgraduate studies, as
           doctor of philosophy (Ph. D.); the degree of doctor
           is also 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.
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                 The youth attained his bachelor's degree, and
                 left the university.               --Macaulay.
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     6. (Genealogy) A certain distance or remove in the line of
        descent, determining the proximity of blood; one remove in
        the chain of relationship; as, a relation in the third or
        fourth degree.
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              In the 11th century an opinion began to gain ground
              in Italy, that third cousins might marry, being in
              the seventh degree according to the civil law.
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     7. (Arith.) Three figures taken together in numeration; thus,
        140 is one degree, 222,140 two degrees.
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     8. (Algebra) State as indicated by sum of exponents; more
        particularly, the degree of a term is indicated by the sum
        of the exponents of its literal factors; thus, a^{2b^{3}c
        is a term of the sixth degree. The degree of a power, or
        radical, is denoted by its index, that of an equation by
        the greatest sum of the exponents of the unknown
        quantities in any term; thus, ax^{4 + bx^{2} = c, and
        mx^{2y^{2} + nyx = p, are both equations of the fourth
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     9. (Trig.) A 360th part of the circumference of a circle,
        which part is taken as the principal unit of measure for
        arcs and angles. The degree is divided into 60 minutes and
        the minute into 60 seconds.
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     10. A division, space, or interval, marked on a mathematical
         or other instrument, as on a thermometer.
     11. (Mus.) A line or space of the staff.
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     Note: The short lines and their spaces are added degrees.
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     Accumulation of degrees. (Eng. Univ.) See under
     By degrees, step by step; by little and little; by moderate
        advances. "I'll leave it by degrees." --Shak.
     Degree of a curve or Degree of a surface (Geom.), the
        number which expresses the degree of the equation of the
        curve or surface in rectilinear coordinates. A straight
        line will, in general, meet the curve or surface in a
        number of points equal to the degree of the curve or
        surface and no more.
     Degree of latitude (Geog.), on the earth, the distance on a
        meridian between two parallels of latitude whose latitudes
        differ from each other by one degree. This distance is not
        the same on different parts of a meridian, on account of
        the flattened figure of the earth, being 68.702 statute
        miles at the equator, and 69.396 at the poles.
     Degree of longitude, the distance on a parallel of latitude
        between two meridians that make an angle of one degree
        with each other at the poles -- a distance which varies as
        the cosine of the latitude, being at the equator 69.16
        statute miles.
     To a degree, to an extreme; exceedingly; as, mendacious to
        a degree.
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              It has been said that Scotsmen . . . are . . . grave
              to a degree on occasions when races more favored by
              nature are gladsome to excess.        --Prof.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality; "a
           moderate grade of intelligence"; "a high level of care is
           required"; "it is all a matter of degree" [syn: degree,
           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: degree,
         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, degree]
      4: a measure for arcs and angles; "there are 360 degrees in a
         circle" [syn: degree, 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 Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  172 Moby Thesaurus words for "degree":
     AA, AB, AM, Associate of Arts, BS, Bachelor of Arts,
     Bachelor of Divinity, Bachelor of Science, DD, DDS,
     Doctor of Divinity, Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Letters,
     Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Music, Doctor of Philosophy,
     Doctor of Science, Doctor of Theology, JD, LLD, LittD, MA, MBA, MD,
     MFA, MLS, MS, Master of Arts, Master of Divinity,
     Master of Science, PhD, SB, SM, STD, ScD, ThD, baccalaureate,
     baccalaureus, bachelor, bar, bar line, barometer, bit by bit,
     brace, by degrees, canon, cardinal points, caste, check, class,
     compass card, compass rose, condition, consecutive intervals,
     considerably, continuity, criterion, decidedly, degrees, diapason,
     diatessaron, diatonic interval, diatonic semitone, dimension,
     doctor, doctorate, east, eastward, enharmonic diesis,
     enharmonic interval, estate, exceedingly, extent, fifth, fourth,
     gauge, gradation, grade, gradually, graduated scale, half points,
     half step, halftone, hierarchy, highly, inch by inch, inchmeal,
     interval, ledger line, lengths, less semitone, level, limit, line,
     little by little, lubber line, magnitude, master, measure,
     melodic interval, model, norm, north, northeast, northward,
     northwest, notch, note, occident, octave, order, orient,
     parallel octaves, parameter, pattern, place, point, position,
     proportion, quantity, quarter points, quite, rank, rate, rather,
     ratio, reading, readout, rhumb, rule, rung, scale, second,
     semitone, sequence, serial order, seventh, situation, sixth, size,
     slowly, somewhat, south, southeast, southward, southwest, space,
     staff, stage, standard, standing, station, status, stave, step,
     step by step, subordination, substantially, sunrise, sunset, test,
     third, to a degree, tone, touchstone, type, unison interval, value,
     west, westward, whole step, yardstick

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     The degree (or valency) of a node in a graph is the number of
     edges joined to it.

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DEGREE, measures. In angular measures, a degree is equal to sixty minutes, 
  or the thirtieth part of a sine. Vide Measure. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DEGREE, persons. By. degree, is understood the state or condition of a 
  person. The ancient English statute of additions, for example, requires that 
  in process, for the better description of a defendant, his state, degree, or 
  mystery, shall be mentioned. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DEGREE, descents. This word is derived from the French degre, which is 
  itself taken from the Latin gradus, and signifies literally, a step in a 
  stairway, or the round of a ladder. 
       2. Figuratively applied, and as it is understood in law, it is the 
  distance between those who are allied by blood; it means the relations 
  descending from a common ancestor, from generation to generation, as by so 
  many steps. Hence, according to some Lexicographers, we obtain the word, 
  pedigree (q.v.) Par degrez, by degree, the descent being reckoned par 
  degrez. Minshew. Each generation lengthens the line of descent one degree, 
  for the degrees are only the generations marked in a line by small circles 
  or squares, in which the names of the persons forming it are written. Vide 
  Consanguinity;, Line; and also Ayliffe's Parergon, 209; Toull. Dr. Civ. 
  Frau. liv. 3, t. 1, c. 3, n. 158; Aso & Man. Inst. B. 2, t. 4, c. 3, Sec. 1. 

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