grade: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (grād), [key]
— n., v., grad•ed, grad•ing.
- 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.
- elementary school (usually prec. 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.
- Also calledthe 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.
- A railroad crosses a highway at grade.
- on the same level:A railroad crosses a highway at grade.
- (of a stream bed) so adjusted to conditions of slope and the volume and speed of water that no gain or loss of sediment takes place.
- to attain a specific goal; succeed: He'll never make the grade in medical school.
- of the desired or required quality: This shipment is not up to grade.
- 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 low-grade animal) with an animal of a pure or superior breed.
- 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.
- to improve (a herd, flock, etc.) by breeding with purebreds.
- a combining form meaning “walking, moving,” in the manner or by the means specified by the initial element: plantigrade.
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