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Webster 1913 Edition


Grade

Grade

(grād)
,
Noun.
[F.
grade
, L.
gradus
step, pace, grade, from
gradi
to step, go. Cf.
Congress
,
Degree
,
Gradus
.]
1.
A step or degree in any series, rank, quality, order; relative position or standing;
as,
grades
of military rank; crimes of every
grade
;
grades
of flour.
They also appointed and removed, at their own pleasure,
teachers of every
grade
.
Buckle.
2.
In a railroad or highway
:
(a)
The rate of ascent or descent; gradient; deviation from a level surface to an inclined plane; – usually stated as so many feet per mile, or as one foot rise or fall in so many of horizontal distance;
as, a heavy
grade
; a grade of twenty feet per mile, or of 1 in 264.
(b)
A graded ascending, descending, or level portion of a road; a gradient.
3.
(Stock Breeding)
The result of crossing a native stock with some better breed. If the crossbreed have more than three fourths of the better blood, it is called high grade.
At grade
,
on the same level; – said of the crossing of a railroad with another railroad or a highway, when they are on the same level at the point of crossing.
Down grade
,
a descent, as on a graded railroad.
Up grade
,
an ascent, as on a graded railroad.
Equating for grades
.
See under
Equate
.
Grade crossing
,
a crossing at grade.

Grade

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Graded
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Grading
.]
1.
To arrange in order, steps, or degrees, according to size, quality, rank, etc.
2.
To reduce to a level, or to an evenly progressive ascent, as the line of a canal or road.
3.
(Stock Breeding)
To cross with some better breed; to improve the blood of.

Webster 1828 Edition


Grade

GRADE

,
Noun.
[L. gradus, a step. gradior, to step to go, rota. We observe further that the Latin gradior forms gressus, by a common change of d to s; Heb. to descend.]
1.
A degree or rank in order or dignity, civil,military or ecclesiastical.
While questions, periods, and grades and privileges are never once formally discussed.
2.
A step or degree in any ascending series; as crimes of every grade.
When we come to examine the intermediate grades.

Definition 2022


Grade

Grade

See also: grade, gradé, and grãde

German

Noun

Grade m

  1. plural of Grad

grade

grade

See also: Grade, gradé, and grãde

English

Noun

grade (plural grades)

  1. A rating.
    I gave him a good grade for effort.
  2. The performance of an individual or group on an examination or test, expressed by a number, letter, or other symbol; a score.
    He got a good grade on the test.
  3. A degree or level of something; a position within a scale; a degree of quality.
    • 1986–2012, paul wheaton permaculture, “Diatomaceous Earth (food grade): bug killer you can eat!”, in richsoil.com, retrieved 2014-03-17:
      There are a lot of varieties of diatomaceous earth, so when you are shopping, be sure to get the right stuff!

      Make sure that you get food grade diatomaceous earth. Some people make 3% of the food they eat be diatomaceous earth. There are claims at parasite control, longevity and all sorts of perks. I know that food grade diatomaceous earth is used heavily in storing grains - so you are probably already eating lots of diatomaceous earth every time you eat any bread, pasta or other grain based food.

      Farmers feed food grade diatomaceous earth to their animals to reduce parasites and provide other benefits.
    This fine-grade coin from 1837 is worth a good amount.
  4. A slope (up or down) of a roadway or other passage
    The grade of this hill is more than 5 percent.
  5. (Canada, US, education) A level of primary and secondary education.
    Clancy is entering the fifth grade this year.
    Clancy starts grade five this year.
  6. (Canada, education) A student of a particular grade (used with the grade level).
    The grade fives are on a field trip.
  7. An area that has been graded by a grader (construction machine)
  8. The level of the ground.
    This material absorbs moisture and is probably not a good choice for use below grade.
  9. (mathematics) A gradian.
  10. (geometry) In a linear system of divisors on an n-dimensional variety, the number of free intersection points of n generic divisors.
  11. A harsh scraping or cutting; a grating.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Greenleaf Whittier
      The grade of hatchets fiercely thrown / On wigwam-log, and tree, and stone.
  12. (systematics) A taxon united by a level of morphological or physiological complexity that is not a clade.
  13. (medicine) The degree of malignity of a tumor expressed on a scale.

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Verb

grade (third-person singular simple present grades, present participle grading, simple past and past participle graded)

  1. To assign scores to the components of an academic test.
  2. To assign a score to overall academic performance.
  3. To flatten, level, or smooth a large surface.
  4. (sewing) To remove or trim part of a seam allowance from a finished seam so as to reduce bulk and make the finished piece more even when turned right side out.

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Afrikaans

Noun

grade

  1. plural of graad

Esperanto

Adverb

grade

  1. gradually

French

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin gradus.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡʁad/
  • Rhymes: -ad
  • Homophone: grades

Noun

grade m (plural grades)

  1. rank
    • 1837, Louis Viardot, L’Ingénieux Hidalgo Don Quichotte de la Manche, volume 1, translation of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Chapter XLII:
      Ce que je puis dire, c’est que le choix qu’avait fait ce gentilhomme de la carrière des armes lui avait si bien réussi, qu’en peu d’années, par sa valeur et sa belle conduite, et sans autre appui que son mérite éclatant, il parvint au grade de capitaine d’infanterie, et se vit en passe d’être promu bientôt à celui de mestre de camp.
      What I can say, is that the choice that this gentleman made concerning the career of arms succeeded well for him, that in few years, by his valour and good conduct, and without any support other than his shining merit, he reached the rank of captain of infantry, and saw himself in a position to be soon promoted to that of master of corps.
  2. (geometry) gradian

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Portuguese

Etymology

From Old Portuguese grade, from Latin cratis, from Proto-Indo-European *krtis

Pronunciation

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /ˈɡɾa.ðɨ/
  • Hyphenation: gra‧de

Noun

grade f (plural grades)

  1. grate (metal grille)
  2. a light fence
  3. harrow (device dragged across ploughed land to smooth the soil)

Verb

grade

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of gradar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of gradar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of gradar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of gradar

Spanish

Verb

grade

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of gradar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of gradar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of gradar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of gradar.