Definitions for: Grade

[n] the gradient of a slope or road or other surface; "the road had a steep grade"
[n] a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality; "a moderate degree of intelligence"; "a high level of care is required"; "it is all a matter of degree"
[n] the height of the ground on which something stands; "the base of the tower was below grade"
[n] a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance); "she made good marks in algebra"; "grade A milk"; "what was your score on your homework?"
[n] a body of students who are taught together; "early morning classes are always sleepy"
[n] one-hundredth of a right angle
[n] a relative position or degree of value in a graded group; "lumber of the highest grade"
[adj] (of domestic animals) improved by selective breeding
[adj] at surface level; "a grade crossing"
[v] determine the grade of or assign a grade to
[v] assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation; "grade tests"; "score the SAT essays"; "mark homework"
[v] assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
[v] level to the right gradient

Webster (1913) Definition: Grade, n. [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
(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

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, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Graded; p. pr. & vb. n.
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.

Grade, n.
A harsh scraping or cutting; a grating.

The grade of hatchets fiercely thrown. On wigwam log,
and tree, and stone. --Whittier.

Synonyms: class, degree, form, grad, ground level, ground-level, improved, level, level, mark, mark, order, place, range, rank, rate, score, score, surface, tier

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