a degree or step in a scale, as of rank, advancement, quality, value, or intensity:
the best grade of paper.
a class of persons or things of the same relative rank, quality, etc.
a step or stage in a course or process.
a single division of a school classified according to the age or progress of the pupils. In the U.S., public schools are commonly divided into twelve grades below college.
the pupils in such a division.
grades, elementary school (usually preceded by the):
He first began teaching in the grades.
a letter, number, or other symbol indicating the relative quality of a student’s work in a course, examination, or special assignment; mark.
a classification or standard of food based on quality, size, etc.:
grade A milk.
inclination with the horizontal of a road, railroad, etc., usually expressed by stating the vertical rise or fall as a percentage of the horizontal distance; slope.
Building Trades.. Also called grade line. the level at which the ground intersects the foundation of a building.
an animal resulting from a cross between a parent of ordinary stock and one of a pure breed.
Mathematics. 2 .
verb (used with object), graded, grading.
to arrange in a series of grades; class; sort:
a machine that grades two thousand eggs per hour.
to determine the grade of.
to assign a grade to (a student’s work); mark:
I graded forty tests last night.
to cause to pass by degrees, as from one color or shade to another.
to reduce to a level or to practicable degrees of inclination:
to grade a road.
to cross (an ordinary or animal) with an animal of a pure or superior breed.
verb (used without object), graded, grading.
to incline; slant or slope:
The road grades steeply for a mile.
to be of a particular grade or quality.
to pass by degrees from one color or shade to another; blend:
See how the various colors grade into one another.
grade up, to improve (a herd, flock, etc.) by breeding with purebreds.
make the grade, to attain a specific goal; succeed:
He’ll never make the grade in medical school.
up to grade, of the desired or required quality:
This shipment is not up to grade.
a position or degree in a scale, as of quality, rank, size, or progression: small-grade eggs, high-grade timber
a group of people or things of the same category
(mainly US) a military or other rank
a stage in a course of progression
a mark or rating indicating achievement or the worth of work done, as at school
(US & Canadian) a unit of pupils of similar age or ability taught together at school
(US & Canadian)
a unit of angle equal to one hundredth of a right angle or 0.9 degree
(linguistics) one of the forms of the vowel in a morpheme when this vowel varies because of gradation
(informal) make the grade
(transitive) to arrange according to quality, rank, etc
(transitive) to determine the grade of or assign a grade to
(intransitive) to achieve or deserve a grade or rank
to change or blend (something) gradually; merge
(transitive) to level (ground, a road, etc) to a suitable gradient
(transitive) (stockbreeding) to cross (one animal) with another to produce a grade animal
1510s, “degree of measurement,” from French grade “grade, degree” (16c.), from Latin gradus “step, pace, gait, walk;” figuratively “a step, stage, degree,” related to gradi “to walk, step, go,” from PIE *ghredh- (cf. Lithuanian gridiju “to go, wander,” Old Church Slavonic gredo “to come,” Old Irish in-greinn “he pursues,” and second element in congress, progress, etc.).
Replaced Middle English gree “step, degree in a series,” from Old French grei “step,” from Latin gradus. Railway sense is from 1811. Meaning “class of things having the same quality or value” is from 1807; meaning “division of a school curriculum equivalent to one year” is from 1835; that of “letter-mark indicating assessment of a student’s work” is from 1886 (earlier used of numerical grades). Grade A “top quality, fit for human consumption” (originally of milk) is from a U.S. system instituted in 1912.
1650s, “to arrange in grades,” from grade (n.). Related: Graded; grading.
see: make the grade
/ˈɡreɪdlɪ/ adjective -lier, -liest 1. (Midland English, dialect) fine; excellent
[greyd-mahrk] /ˈgreɪdˌmɑrk/ noun 1. a symbol noting the relative quality of a product, as lumber. verb (used with object) 2. to with a grademark.
noun 1. Education. a numerical equivalent to a received letter grade, usually 0 for F, 1 for D, 2 for C, 3 for B, and 4 for A, that is multiplied by the number of credits for the course: used to compute a grade point average.
noun, Education. 1. a measure of scholastic attainment computed by dividing the total number of grade points received by the total number of credits or hours of course work taken.