• Grade


    • IPA: /ɡɹeɪd/
    • Rhymes: -eɪd


    From French grade ("a grade, degree"), from Latin gradus ("a step, pace, a step in a ladder or stair, a station, position, degree"), from gradi ("to walk, step"), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰradʰ-, *gʰredʰ- ("to walk, go"). Cognate with Gothic 𐌲𐍂𐌹𐌸𐍃 (griþs, "step, grade"), Bavarian Gritt ("step, stride"), Lithuanian grìdiju ("to go, wander").

    Full definition of 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.
      • 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.
    4. This fine-grade coin from 1837 is worth a good amount.
    5. A slope (up or down) of a roadway or other passage''The grade of this hill is more than 5 percent
    6. (North America, education) A level of pre-collegiate education.Clancy is entering the fifth grade this year.Clancy starts grade five this year.
    7. (Canada, education) A student of a particular grade (used with the grade level).The grade fives are on a field trip.
    8. An area that has been graded by a grader (construction machine)
    9. The level of the ground.This material absorbs moisture and is probably not a good choice for use below grade.
    10. (mathematics) A gradian.
    11. (geometry) In a linear system of divisors on an n-dimensional variety, the number of free intersection points of n generic divisors.
    12. A harsh scraping or cutting; a grating.
      • WhittierThe grade of hatchets fiercely thrown
        On wigwam-log, and tree, and stone.

    Related terms


    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.

    Derived terms

    Terms derived from the noun or verb grade
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