degrees[ dih-gree ]SEE DEFINITION OF degrees
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By degrees the placid influence of her friend calmed her perturbed spirit.
By meridian altitudes of sun, Lyrae (Vega), 32 degrees 15 minutes.
Latitude 25 degrees 52 minutes from mean of two observations.
Barometer 28.48; thermometer 68 degrees at half-past five o'clock.
By meridian altitude of sun, camp is in latitude 31 degrees 53 minutes South.
Barlee Spring is in longitude about 127 degrees 22 minutes East.
By observation, the camp was in latitude 31 degrees 42 minutes South.
Camped on a gully with some old feed in the flat, in latitude 27 degrees 49 minutes.
Latitude of camp 26 degrees 42 minutes 43 seconds by Regulus.
At a pressure of 20 pounds, the temperature will be about 260 degrees.
early 13c., from Old French degré (12c.) "a step (of a stair), pace, degree (of relationship), academic degree; rank, status, position," said to be from Vulgar Latin *degradus "a step," from Late Latin degredare, from Latin de- "down" (see de-) + gradus "step" (see grade (n.)).
Most modern senses date from Middle English, from notion of a hierarchy of steps. Meaning "a grade of crime" is 1670s; that of "a unit of temperature" is from 1727. The division of the circle into 360 degrees was known in Babylon and Egypt. It is perhaps from the daily motion of the sun through the zodiac in the course of a year.