(n.) An order from one having authority, deciding what is to be done by a subordinate; also, a determination by one having power, deciding what is to be done or to take place; edict, law; authoritative ru// decision.
(n.) A decision, order, or sentence, given in a cause by a court of equity or admiralty.
(n.) A determination or judgment of an umpire on a case submitted to him.
(n.) An edict or law made by a council for regulating any business within their jurisdiction; as, the decrees of ecclesiastical councils.
(v. i.) To make decrees; -- used absolutely.
(v. t.) To determine judicially by authority, or by decree; to constitute by edict; to appoint by decree or law; to determine; to order; to ordain; as, a court decrees a restoration of property.
(n.) 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.
(n.) The point or step of progression to which a person has arrived; rank or station in life; position.
(n.) Measure of advancement; quality; extent; as, tastes differ in kind as well as in degree.
(n.) Grade or rank to which scholars are admitted by a college or university, in recognition of their attainments; as, the degree of bachelor of arts, master, doctor, etc.
(n.) 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.
(n.) Three figures taken together in numeration; thus, 140 is one degree, 222,140 two degrees.
(n.) 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, a2b3c 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, ax4 + bx2 = c, and mx2y2 + nyx = p, are both equations of the fourth degree.
(n.) 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.
(n.) A division, space, or interval, marked on a mathematical or other instrument, as on a thermometer.
(n.) A framework of wood or metal placed over the coffin or tomb of a deceased person, and covered with a pall; also, a temporary canopy bearing wax lights and set up in a church, under which the coffin was placed during the funeral ceremonies.
(n.) A grave, coffin, tomb, or sepulchral monument.
(n.) A bier or handbarrow for conveying the dead to the grave.
(n.) A carriage specially adapted or used for conveying the dead to the grave.