### What is *degree*?

### What is *degree*?

- One of a series of steps in a process, course, or progression; a stage: proceeded to the next degree of difficulty.
- Mathematics The greatest sum of the exponents of the variables in a term of a polynomial or polynomial equation.
- Mathematics The exponent of the derivative of highest order in a differential equation in standard form.
- Law A division or classification of a specific crime according to its seriousness: murder in the second degree.
- Grammar One of the forms used in the comparison of adjectives and adverbs. For example, tall is the positive degree, taller the comparative degree, and tallest the superlative degree of the adjective tall.