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grade

  

      n  
1    a position or degree in a scale, as of quality, rank, size, or progression  
small-grade eggs, high-grade timber     
2    a group of people or things of the same category  
3      (Chiefly U.S.)   a military or other rank  
4    a stage in a course of progression  
5    a mark or rating indicating achievement or the worth of work done, as at school  
6      (U.S. and Canadian)   a unit of pupils of similar age or ability taught together at school  
7       another word (esp. U.S. and Canadian) for       gradient       1, 2  
8    a unit of angle equal to one hundredth of a right angle or 0.9 degree  
9      (Stockbreeding)  
a    an animal with one purebred parent and one of unknown or unimproved breeding  
b    (as modifier)  
a grade sheep         Compare       crossbred       2       purebred       2  
10      (Linguistics)   one of the forms of the vowel in a morpheme when this vowel varies because of gradation  
11    at grade  
a    on the same level  
b    (of a river profile or land surface) at an equilibrium level and slope, because there is a balance between erosion and deposition  
12    make the grade  
Informal  
a    to reach the required standard  
b    to succeed  
      vb  
13    tr   to arrange according to quality, rank, etc.  
14    tr   to determine the grade of or assign a grade to  
15    intr   to achieve or deserve a grade or rank  
16    to change or blend (something) gradually; merge  
17    tr   to level (ground, a road, etc.) to a suitable gradient  
18    tr     (Stockbreeding)   to cross (one animal) with another to produce a grade animal  
     (C16: from French, from Latin gradus step, from gradi to step)  


-grade  
      adj combining form   indicating a kind or manner of movement or progression  
plantigrade, retrograde     
     (via French from Latin -gradus, from gradus a step, from gradi to walk)  
grade cricket  
      n     (Austral)   competitive cricket, in which cricket club teams are arranged in grades  
grade crossing  
      n      the U.S. and Canadian name for       level crossing  
grade school  
      n     (U.S)      another name for       elementary school  
O grade  
      n     (formerly, in Scotland)  
1   
a    the basic level of the Scottish Certificate of Education, now replaced by Standard Grade  
b    (as modifier)  
O grade history     
2    a pass in a particular subject at O grade  
she has ten O grades        (Formal name)    Ordinary grade  
Ordinary grade  
      n      (in Scotland) the formal name for       O grade  
reserve-grade  
      adj     (Austral)   denoting a sporting team of the second rank in a club  
Standard Grade  
      n   (in Scotland) a type of examination designed to test skills and the application of knowledge, replaced O grade  
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gradient  
      n  
1      (Also called (esp. U.S.))    grade          a part of a railway, road, etc., that slopes upwards or downwards; inclination  
2      (Also called (esp. U.S. and Canadian))    grade          a measure of such a slope, esp. the ratio of the vertical distance between two points on the slope to the horizontal distance between them  
3      (Physics)   a measure of the change of some physical quantity, such as temperature or electric potential, over a specified distance  
4      (Maths)  
a    (of a curve) the slope of the tangent at any point on a curve with respect to the horizontal axis  
b    (of a function, f(x, y, z)) the vector whose components along the axes are the partial derivatives of the function with respect to each variable, and whose direction is that in which the derivative of the function has its maximum value. Usually written: grad f, ∇f or ∇f  
   Compare       curl       11       divergence       4  
      adj  
5    sloping uniformly  
     (C19: from Latin gradiens stepping, from gradi to go)  


grade         
      n  
1    a position or degree in a scale, as of quality, rank, size, or progression  
small-grade eggs, high-grade timber            
2    a group of people or things of the same category  
3      (Chiefly U.S.)   a military or other rank  
4    a stage in a course of progression  
5    a mark or rating indicating achievement or the worth of work done, as at school  
6      (U.S. and Canadian)   a unit of pupils of similar age or ability taught together at school  
7       another word (esp. U.S. and Canadian) for       gradient       1, 2  
8    a unit of angle equal to one hundredth of a right angle or 0.9 degree  
9      (Stockbreeding)  
a    an animal with one purebred parent and one of unknown or unimproved breeding  
b    (as modifier)  
a grade sheep         Compare       crossbred       2       purebred       2  
10      (Linguistics)   one of the forms of the vowel in a morpheme when this vowel varies because of gradation  
11    at grade  
a    on the same level  
b    (of a river profile or land surface) at an equilibrium level and slope, because there is a balance between erosion and deposition  
12    make the grade  
Informal  
a    to reach the required standard  
b    to succeed  
      vb  
13    tr   to arrange according to quality, rank, etc.  
14    tr   to determine the grade of or assign a grade to  
15    intr   to achieve or deserve a grade or rank  
16    to change or blend (something) gradually; merge  
17    tr   to level (ground, a road, etc.) to a suitable gradient  
18    tr     (Stockbreeding)   to cross (one animal) with another to produce a grade animal  
     (C16: from French, from Latin gradus step, from gradi to step)  
-grade  
      adj combining form   indicating a kind or manner of movement or progression  
plantigrade, retrograde     
     (via French from Latin -gradus, from gradus a step, from gradi to walk)  
grade cricket  
      n     (Austral)   competitive cricket, in which cricket club teams are arranged in grades  
grade crossing  
      n      the U.S. and Canadian name for       level crossing  
grade school  
      n     (U.S)      another name for       elementary school  
O grade  
      n     (formerly, in Scotland)  
1   
a    the basic level of the Scottish Certificate of Education, now replaced by Standard Grade         
b    (as modifier)  
O grade history     
2    a pass in a particular subject at O grade  
she has ten O grades        (Formal name)    Ordinary grade  
Ordinary grade  
      n      (in Scotland) the formal name for       O grade  
reserve-grade  
      adj     (Austral)   denoting a sporting team of the second rank in a club  
Standard Grade  
      n   (in Scotland) a type of examination designed to test skills and the application of knowledge, replaced O grade  

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grade

  

      n  
1    brand, category, class, condition, degree, echelon, group, level, mark, notch, order, place, position, quality, rank, rung, size, stage, station, step  
2    make the grade        (informal)   come through with flying colours, come up to scratch     (informal)   measure up, measure up to expectations, pass muster, prove acceptable, succeed, win through  
3    acclivity, bank, declivity, gradient, hill, incline, rise, slope  
      vb  
4    arrange, brand, class, classify, evaluate, group, order, range, rank, rate, sequence, sort, value  


low-grade     
bad, bush-league     (Austral. & N.Z. informal)   chickenshit     (U.S. slang)   dime-a-dozen     (informal)   duff     (informal)   inferior, low-rent     (informal, chiefly U.S.)   not good enough, not up to snuff     (informal)   of a sort or of sorts, piss-poor     (taboo slang)   poor, poxy     (slang)   second-rate, substandard, tinhorn     (U.S. slang)   two-bit     (U.S. & Canad. slang)  

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