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 for grade
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Grade \Grade\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Graded; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To arrange in order, steps, or degrees, according to size,
        quality, rank, etc.
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     2. To reduce to a level, or to an evenly progressive ascent,
        as the line of a canal or road.
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     3. (Stock Breeding) To cross with some better breed; to
        improve the blood of.
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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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a body of students who are taught together; "early morning
           classes are always sleepy" [syn: class, form, grade,
      2: a relative position or degree of value in a graded group;
         "lumber of the highest grade" [syn: grade, level, tier]
      3: the gradient of a slope or road or other surface; "the road
         had a steep grade"
      4: one-hundredth of a right angle [syn: grad, grade]
      5: a degree of ablaut [syn: grade, gradation]
      6: a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a
         student's performance); "she made good marks in algebra";
         "grade A milk"; "what was your score on your homework?" [syn:
         mark, grade, score]
      7: the height of the ground on which something stands; "the base
         of the tower was below grade" [syn: grade, ground level]
      8: 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]
      9: a variety of cattle produced by crossbreeding with a superior
      v 1: assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these
           students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food
           guide" [syn: rate, rank, range, order, grade,
      2: level to the right gradient
      3: assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation;
         "grade tests"; "score the SAT essays"; "mark homework" [syn:
         grade, score, mark]
      4: determine the grade of or assign a grade to

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  258 Moby Thesaurus words for "grade":
     acclivity, adjust, align, alphabetize, amount, analyze, arrange,
     array, ascend, ascent, assort, bank, bevel, bezel, blood, bolt,
     bracket, branch, break down, bulk, caliber, calibrate, calibrated,
     cant, careen, caste, catalog, categorize, category, chute, clan,
     class, classify, climb, codify, collate, compass, condition,
     cool off, correct, cut, cut it, dab, decline, declivity, decrease,
     degree, deploy, descend, descent, differentiate, digest, dip,
     dispose, divide, division, downgrade, drag, dress, drop, dub,
     easy slope, echelon, enlarge, equalize, estate, evaluate, even,
     extent, fall, fall away, fall off, fell, file, flatten, fleam,
     flush, form, gauge, gentle slope, glacis, go downhill, go uphill,
     gradate, gradation, gradational, gradient, gradual, graduate,
     graduated, grease, group, grouping, hack it, hanging gardens,
     harmonize, harrow, head, heading, height, helicline, hierarchic,
     hierarchize, hill, hillside, inclination, incline, inclined plane,
     increase, index, interval, keel, kin, label, launching ramp, lay,
     lay down, lay flat, lay level, lay low, lay out, league, lean,
     leaning, leap, level, line up, list, lubricate, make it,
     make the grade, mark, marshal, match, measure, measure up,
     methodize, mow, normalize, notch, nuance, oil, order, organize,
     pacify, pas, pass, peg, period, pigeonhole, pitch, place, plane,
     planish, plaster, plateau, point, position, predicament,
     progressive, proportion, qualify, quiet, race, rake, ramp, range,
     rank, rase, rate, rating, ratio, raze, reach, regular, regularize,
     regulate, remove, retreat, riddle, rise, roll, roll flat, round,
     routinize, rubric, rung, scalar, scale, scarp, scope, score,
     screen, section, separate, sept, set, set up, shade, shade off,
     shadow, shave, shelve, shelving beach, side, sidle, sieve, sift,
     situation, size, slant, slope, smooth, smooth down, smooth out,
     smoothen, sort, sort out, space, stage, stair, standard,
     standardize, standing, state, station, status, steamroll,
     steamroller, steep slope, step, stiff climb, stint, strain,
     stratum, structure, subdivide, subdivision, subgroup, suborder,
     subordinate, succeed, swag, sway, systematize, tabulate, talus,
     tier, tilt, tip, title, track, tranquilize, tread, type, upgrade,
     uprise, year

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