- de|greeW1S3 [dıˈgri:] n[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: degré, from Latin gradus 'step, grade']1.) written abbreviation deg.a unit for measuring temperature. It can be shown as a symbol after a number. For example, 70º means 70 degrees▪ Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.20 degrees Celsius/70 degrees Fahrenheit/1 degree Centigrade etc▪ The temperature dropped to five degrees Centigrade.2.) written abbreviation deg.a unit for measuring the size of an angle. It can be shown as a symbol after a number. For example, 18º means 18 degrees▪ Then the cylinder is rotated 180 degrees.3.) [U and C]the level or amount of somethingdegree of▪ 1960s Britain was characterised by a greater degree of freedom than before.▪ Newspapers vary in the degree to which they emphasize propaganda rather than information.4.) to a degree also to some degree/to a certain degreepartly▪ To a degree, it is possible to educate oneself.▪ We're all willing to support him to some degree.5.)a course of study at a university or college, or the ↑qualification that is given to you when you have successfully completed the coursedegree in▪ a degree in Economics▪ Applicants must have a degree in Engineering.▪ an Honours degree6.) by degreesvery slowly= ↑gradually▪ By degrees, Huy forced himself into a sitting position.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.