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    Question "degree" from Merriam Webster

    Hi,

    I found the definition of "degree" from Merriam Webster Dictionary,

    degree: none
    1: a step or stage in a process, course, or order of classification
    <advanced by ~s>


    According to above definition, I have understood the meaning of "degree",

    But I don't understand the meaning of the whole sentence: advanced by degrees,

    What does that sentence mean?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: "degree" from Merriam Webster

    That the thing/person has advanced in stages, perhaps? It's hard to tell by just 'advanced by degrees'. They could have given a better example than that, if that is the example given.

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    Default Re: "degree" from Merriam Webster

    Fenglish, give the full sentence if possible!

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    Default Re: "degree" from Merriam Webster

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Fenglish, give the full sentence if possible!
    The dictionary just given out <advanced by ~s>,

    and this is the full definition of "degree": degree - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

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    Default Re: "degree" from Merriam Webster

    Using the definition, you can paraphrase the phrase as " moved forward by short stages".

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    Default Re: "degree" from Merriam Webster

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Using the definition, you can paraphrase the phrase as " moved forward by short stages".
    Why it is "short", why not "long"?

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    Default Re: "degree" from Merriam Webster

    'advanced by degrees' suggests that it moves forward gradually.

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    Default Re: "degree" from Merriam Webster

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    'advanced by degrees' suggests that it moves forward gradually.
    - which shows how useful Latin can be: gradus => step!

    I'd guess, without having done the necessary research, that 'degree' is derived, via French, from a Vulgar Latin DE GRADU(M) (I said Vulgar, so not GRADO )

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    Last edited by BobK; 29-Dec-2009 at 15:46.

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    Default Re: "degree" from Merriam Webster

    What's wrong with my suggestion, Bob?

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    Default Re: "degree" from Merriam Webster

    My slip. Sorry I've fixed the formatting now.

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