grade/greɪd/USA pronunciationn., v.,grad•ed, grad•ing. n.
a degree or step in a scale of quality, rank, advancement, or value:[countable]several grades of wool.
[countable] a class of persons or things of the same relative rank, quality, etc.
Educationa single division of a school classified, usually by year, according to the age or progress of the pupils: [uncountable]She was in third grade.[countable]students in seventh and eighth grades.
Education[countable] the pupils in such a division, thought of as a group.
Education[countable] a letter or other symbol indicating the relative quality of a student's work; mark.
Civil Engineering, Rail Transport, Transport the degree at which a hill, mountain, etc., slopes up or down:[countable]steep uphill grades.
v.[~ + object]
to arrange in a series of grades; classify; sort:a machine that grades eggs.
Educationto assign a grade to (a student's work); mark.
Civil Engineeringto reduce to a level that is less steep:to grade a road.
Idiomsmake the grade, to attain or reach a specific goal; succeed.
grade(grād),USA pronunciationn., v.,grad•ed, grad•ing. n.
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.
Educationa 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.
Educationthe pupils in such a division.
Educationgrades, elementary school (usually prec. by the):He first began teaching in the grades.
Educationa letter, number, or other symbol indicating the relative quality of a student's work in a course, examination, or special assignment; mark.
Fooda classification or standard of food based on quality, size, etc.:grade A milk.
Civil Engineering, Rail Transport, Transportinclination 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.
BuildingAlso called grade line. the level at which the ground intersects the foundation of a building.
Animal Husbandryan animal resulting from a cross between a parent of ordinary stock and one of a pure breed.
Rail Transporton 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.
Idiomsmake the grade, to attain a specific goal; succeed:He'll never make the grade in medical school.
Idiomsup to grade, 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.
Civil Engineeringto reduce to a level or to practicable degrees of inclination:to grade a road.
Animal Husbandryto 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.
Animal Husbandrygrade up, to improve (a herd, flock, etc.) by breeding with purebreds.
Latin gradus step, stage, degree, derivative of gradī to go, step, walk
16.See corresponding entry in Unabridged classify, rank, rate, order, categorize.
a combining form meaning "walking, moving,'' in the manner or by the means specified by the initial element:plantigrade.
Latin -gradus, combining form representing gradus step or gradī to walk. See grade,gradient