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# Degree vs. Major

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Degreenoun

A step on a set of stairs; the rung of a ladder.

Majornoun

a military rank between captain and lieutenant colonel

‘He used to be a major in the army.’;

Degreenoun

An individual step, or stage, in any process or scale of values.

Majornoun

The main area of study of a student working toward a degree at a college or university.

‘Midway through his second year of college, he still hadn't chosen a major.’;

Degreenoun

A stage of rank or privilege; social standing.

Majornoun

A student at a college or university concentrating on a given area of study.

‘She is a math major.’;

Degreenoun

(genealogy) A ‘step’ in genealogical descent.

Majornoun

A person of legal age.

Degreenoun

One's relative state or experience; way, manner.

Majornoun

(logic) The major premise.

Degreenoun

The amount that an entity possesses a certain property; relative intensity, extent.

‘To what degree do the two accounts of the accident concur?’;

Majornoun

(Canadian football) An alternate term for touchdown; short for "major score".

Degreenoun

A stage of proficiency or qualification in a course of study, now especially an award bestowed by a university or, in some countries, a college, as a certification of academic achievement. (In the United States, can include secondary schools.)

‘She has two bachelor's degrees and is studying towards a master's degree.’;

Majornoun

A large, commercially successful record label, as opposed to an indie.

Degreenoun

(geometry) A unit of measurement of angle equal to 1/360 of a circle's circumference.

‘A right angle is a ninety degree angle.’; ‘Most humans have a field of vision of almost 180 degrees.’;

Majornoun

An elder brother (especially at a public school).

Degreenoun

(physics) A unit of measurement of temperature on any of several scales, such as Celsius or Fahrenheit.

‘180 degrees Fahrenheit is equivalent to 100 degrees Celsius.’; ‘Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius.’;

Majornoun

(zoology) A large leaf-cutter ant that acts as a soldier, defending the nest.

Degreenoun

(algebra) The sum of the exponents of a term; the order of a polynomial.

‘A quadratic polynomial is a polynomial of degree 2.’;

Of great significance or importance.

Degreenoun

The dimensionality of a field extension.

‘The set of complex numbers constitutes a field extension of degree 2 over the real numbers.’; ‘The Galois field $\operatorname\left\{GF\right\}\left(125\right) = \operatorname\left\{GF\right\}\left(5^3\right)$ has degree 3 over its subfield $\operatorname\left\{GF\right\}\left(5\right).$’;

Greater in number, quantity, or extent

‘the major part of the assembly’;

Degreenoun

(graph theory) The number of edges that a vertex takes part in; a valency.

Of full legal age, having attained majority

Degreenoun

(logic) The number of logical connectives in a formula.

(music) Of a scale that follows the pattern: tone - tone - semitone - tone - tone - tone - semitone

‘A major scale.’;

Degreenoun

(surveying) The curvature of a circular arc, expressed as the angle subtended by a fixed length of arc or chord.

(music) Being the larger of two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number.

Degreenoun

(geography) A unit of measurement of latitude and longitude which together identify a location on the Earth's surface.

(music) Containing the note a major third (four half steps) above the tonic.

Degreenoun

(grammar) Any of the three stages (positive, comparative, superlative) in the comparison of an adjective or an adverb.

Majorverb

(intransitive) to concentrate on a particular area of study as a student in a college or university

‘I have decided to major in mathematics.’;

Degreenoun

A step, stair, or staircase.

‘By ladders, or else by degree.’;

Greater in number, quantity, or extent; as, the major part of the assembly; the major part of the revenue; the major part of the territory.

Degreenoun

One of a series of progressive steps upward or downward, in quality, rank, acquirement, and the like; a stage in progression; grade; gradation; as, degrees of vice and virtue; to advance by slow degrees; degree of comparison.

Of greater dignity; more important.

Degreenoun

The point or step of progression to which a person has arrived; rank or station in life; position.

Degreenoun

Measure of advancement; quality; extent; as, tastes differ in kind as well as in degree.

‘The degree of excellence which proclaims genius, is different in different times and different places.’;

Greater by a semitone, either in interval or in difference of pitch from another tone.

Degreenoun

Grade or rank to which scholars are admitted by a college or university, in recognition of their attainments; also, (informal) the diploma provided by an educational institution attesting to the achievement of that rank; as, the degree of bachelor of arts, master, doctor, etc.; to hang one's degrees on the office wall.

‘The youth attained his bachelor's degree, and left the university.’;

Majornoun

An officer next in rank above a captain and next below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.

Degreenoun

A certain distance or remove in the line of descent, determining the proximity of blood; one remove in the chain of relationship; as, a relation in the third or fourth degree.

‘In the 11th century an opinion began to gain ground in Italy, that third cousins might marry, being in the seventh degree according to the civil law.’;

Majornoun

A person of full age.

Degreenoun

Three figures taken together in numeration; thus, 140 is one degree, 222,140 two degrees.

Majornoun

That premise which contains the major term. It its the first proposition of a regular syllogism; as: No unholy person is qualified for happiness in heaven [the major]. Every man in his natural state is unholy [minor]. Therefore, no man in his natural state is qualified for happiness in heaven [conclusion or inference].

Degreenoun

State as indicated by sum of exponents; more particularly, the degree of a term is indicated by the sum of the exponents of its literal factors; thus, a2b3c is a term of the sixth degree. The degree of a power, or radical, is denoted by its index, that of an equation by the greatest sum of the exponents of the unknown quantities in any term; thus, ax4 + bx2 = c, and mx2y2 + nyx = p, are both equations of the fourth degree.

Majornoun

A mayor.

Degreenoun

A 360th part of the circumference of a circle, which part is taken as the principal unit of measure for arcs and angles. The degree is divided into 60 minutes and the minute into 60 seconds.

Majornoun

a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain

Degreenoun

A division, space, or interval, marked on a mathematical or other instrument, as on a thermometer.

‘It has been said that Scotsmen . . . are . . . grave to a degree on occasions when races more favored by nature are gladsome to excess.’;

Majornoun

British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943)

Degreenoun

a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality;

‘a moderate degree of intelligence’; ‘a high level of care is required’; ‘it is all a matter of degree’;

Majornoun

a university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject;

‘she is a linguistics major’;

Degreenoun

a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process;

‘a remarkable degree of frankness’; ‘at what stage are the social sciences?’;

Majornoun

the principal field of study of a student at a university;

‘her major is linguistics’;

Degreenoun

an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study;

‘he earned his degree at Princeton summa cum laude’;

Majorverb

have as one's principal field of study;

‘She is majoring in linguistics’;

Degreenoun

a unit of temperature on a specified scale;

‘the game was played in spite of the 40-degree temperature’;

of greater importance or stature or rank;

‘a major artist’; ‘a major role’; ‘major highways’;

Degreenoun

a measure for arcs and angles;

‘there are 360 degrees in a circle’;

greater in scope or effect;

‘a major contribution’; ‘a major improvement’; ‘a major break with tradition’; ‘a major misunderstanding’;

Degreenoun

the highest power of a term or variable

greater in number or size or amount;

‘a major portion (a majority) of the population’; ‘Ursa Major’; ‘a major portion of the winnings’;

Degreenoun

the seriousness of something (e.g., a burn or crime);

‘murder in the second degree’; ‘a second degree burn’;

of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes;

‘his major field was mathematics’;

Degreenoun

the amount, level, or extent to which something happens or is present

‘a question of degree’; ‘a degree of caution is probably wise’;

of a scale or mode;

‘major scales’; ‘the key of D major’;

Degreenoun

a unit of measurement of angles, one ninetieth of a right angle or the angle subtended by one three-hundred-and-sixtieth of the circumference of a circle

‘set at an angle of 45 degrees’;

of greater seriousness or danger;

‘a major earthquake’; ‘a major hurricane’; ‘a major illness’;

Degreenoun

a unit in any of various scales of temperature, intensity, or hardness

‘water boils at 100 degrees Celsius’;

of full legal age;

‘major children’;

Degreenoun

each of a set of grades (usually three) used to classify burns according to their severity.

of the elder of two boys with the same family name;

‘Jones major’;

Degreenoun

a legal grade of crime or offence, especially murder

‘second-degree murder’; ‘criminal conduct in the first degree’;

important, serious, or significant

‘the use of drugs is a major problem’;

Degreenoun

a step in direct genealogical descent

‘second-degree relatives’;

greater or more important; main

‘he got the major share of the spoils’;

Degreenoun

a position in a musical scale, counting upwards from the tonic or fundamental note

‘the lowered third degree of the scale’;

(of a surgical operation) serious or life-threatening

‘he had to undergo major surgery’;

Degreenoun

the class into which an equation falls according to the highest power of unknowns or variables present

‘an equation of the second degree’;

(of a scale) having intervals of a semitone between the third and fourth, and seventh and eighth degrees.

Degreenoun

any of the three steps on the scale of comparison of gradable adjectives and adverbs, namely positive, comparative, and superlative.

(of an interval) equivalent to that between the tonic and another note of a major scale, and greater by a semitone than the corresponding minor interval

‘C to E is a major third’;

Degreenoun

a rank in an order of freemasonry.

(of a key) based on a major scale, tending to produce a bright or joyful effect

‘Prelude in G Major’;

Degreenoun

a thing placed like a step in a series; a tier or row.

(appended to a surname in public schools) indicating the elder of two brothers.

Degreenoun

an academic rank conferred by a college or university after examination or after completion of a course, or conferred as an honour on a distinguished person

‘a degree in zoology’;

(of a term) occurring as the predicate in the conclusion of a categorical syllogism.

Degreenoun

social or official rank

‘persons of unequal degree’;

(of a premise) containing the major term in a categorical syllogism.

Majornoun

a rank of officer in the army and the US air force, above captain and below lieutenant colonel.

Majornoun

an officer in charge of a section of band instruments

‘a trumpet major’;

Majornoun

a major key, interval, or scale.

Majornoun

a system of change-ringing using eight bells.

Majornoun

a major organization or competition

‘the majors have swept up the smaller independent companies in licensing deals’; ‘it's not unreasonable to believe someone can win all four majors’; ‘the oil majors had a profit bonanza’;

Majornoun

a student's principal subject or course

‘many students would ignore courses outside their major’;

Majornoun

a student specializing in a specified subject

‘a math major’;

Majornoun

a major term or premise.

Majornoun

short for major suit

‘South was anxious to mention his four-card major and bid one spade’;

Majornoun

a goal.

Majorverb

specialize in (a particular subject) at college or university

‘I was trying to decide if I should major in drama or English’;

Major

Major is a military rank of commissioned officer status, with corresponding ranks existing in many military forces throughout the world.