Learner's definition of DEGREE
1 [count] : a unit for measuring temperature — abbreviation deg. 2 [count] : a unit for measuring the size of an angle
— abbreviation deg.
There are 360 degrees in a circle.
47 degrees latitude/longitude
a 15 degree angle [=a 15° angle]
3 : an amount or level that can be measured or compared to another amount or level
These trees will thrive, to a greater or lesser degree, in a number of climates.
To what degree [=how much] is she interested in finance?
We don't yet know the degree to which [=how much] the roof is damaged.
[count] — usually + of
a high degree of difficulty/skill
They have had varying degrees of success.
We can now predict the weather with a greater degree of accuracy. [=with more accuracy]
4 [noncount] : a measure of how severe or serious something is 5 [count] : an official document and title that is given to someone who has successfully completed a series of classes at a college or university
She has a degree in engineering.
a four-year degree [=a degree that is given to someone who has completed four years of study]
a bachelor's/master's degree
She received an honorary degree. [=a degree given by a college or university to someone who is not a student but who has done something important]
: very slowly : by a series of small changes
to some degreealsoto a (certain) degree
: not completely but partly