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GRADE, n. [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.



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GRADE, n. [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.

GRADE, n. [Fr. grade; Sp. and It. grado; Port. grao; from L. gradus, a step; gradior, to step, to go; G. grad; D. graad; Dan. and Sw. grad, a step or degree; W. grâz, a step, degree, rank, from rhâz, a going forward or advance, Arm. radd. It may be from a common root with W. rhawd, way, course, rout; rhodiaw, to walk about; rhod, a wheel, L. rota. We observe by the Welsh that the first letter g is a prefix, and the root of the word then is Rd. We observe further, that the Latin gradior forms gressus, by a common change of d to s, or as it is in Welsh z (th.) Now if g is a prefix, then gressus (ressus) coincides with the Sw. resa, Dan. rejser, G. reisen, D. reizen, to go, to travel, to journey; D. reis, a journey or voyage. In Sw. and Dan. the verbs signify not only to travel, but to raise. Whether the latter word raise is of the same family, may be doubtful; but the others appear to belong to one radix, coinciding with the Syr. ܪܕܐ radah, to go, to walk; Ch. רדה, to open, expand, flow, instruct; Heb. to descend. A step then is a stretch, a reach of the foot. Class Rd, No. 1, 2, 26.]

  1. A degree or rank in order or dignity, civil, military or ecclesiastical. J. M. Mason. Walsh. While questions, periods, and grades and privileges an never once formally discussed. S. Miller.
  2. A step or degree in any ascending series; as, crimes of every grade. When we come to examine the intermediate grades. S. S. Smith.

GRADE, v.t.

To reduce to a certain degree of ascent or descent, as a road or way.


Grade
  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. To arrange in order, steps, or degrees, according to size, quality, rank, etc.
  3. 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)
  4. To reduce to a level, or to an evenly progressive ascent, as the line of a canal or road.
  5. 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.

  6. To cross with some better breed] to improve the blood of.
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Grade

GRADE, noun [Latin 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.

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