The meanings of 'degree'

1. Angle measure

Degrees are a unit of angle measure. A full circle is divided into 360 degrees. For example, a right angle is 90 degrees. A degree has the symbol ° and so ninety degrees would written 90°. Another unit of angle measure is the radian.

2. Degree of a term

3. Degree of a polynomial

The degree of a polynomial is the highest degree of any term in the polynomial. For example the polynomial has a degree of 5 because the x5 term has the highest degree. See ("degree of a term" above).