/greɪd / (say grayd)

1. a degree in a scale, as of rank, advancement, quality, value, intensity, etc.
2. a class of persons or things of the same relative rank, quality, etc.
3. a step or stage in a course or process.
4. a non-SI unit of plane angle, equal to the angle between two radii of a circle which cut off an arc equal to ¹⁄₄₀₀ of that circumference (approx. 15.7 × 10-3 radians).
5. year (def. 11).
6. a number, letter, etc., indicating the relative quality of a student's work in a course, examination, or special subject.
7. inclination with the horizontal of a road, railway, etc., usually expressed by stating the vertical rise or fall as a percentage of the horizontal distance.
8. Building Trades the ground level around a building.
9. an animal resulting from a cross between a parent of common stock and one of a pure breed.
verb (graded, grading)
verb (t)
10. to arrange in a series of grades; class; sort.
11. to determine the grade of.
12. to cause to pass by degrees, as from one colour or shade to another.
13. to make patterns for different sizes of clothing from (a single pattern).
14. to reduce to a level or to practicable degrees of inclination: to grade a road.
15. to cross (a nondescript animal or a low-grade one) with one of a pure breed.
verb (i)
16. to be graded.
17. to be of a particular grade or quality.
18. Sport that which is played in grades: grade cricket; grade football.
19. make the grade, to reach a desired minimum level of achievement, qualification.
{French, from Latin gradus step, stage, degree}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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