- 1A particular level of rank, quality, proficiency, intensity, or value: sea salt is usually available in coarse or fine grades grade AA butterMore example sentences
- We stand ready to advise you on the period and particular hotels that will give best value for a specified grade of accommodation.
- But the part of the process I loved most was the hand polishing with increasingly fine grades of sand paper done under running water.
- I'll have to use the finest grade of wet sandpaper.
- 1.1A level in a salary or employment structure.More example sentences
- Under the council's offer, many employees on middle salary grades will only receive lump-sum payments with no cost-of-living increase.
- She also said employees on the same grade in different regions got paid different salaries for the same work, or the same salary for different hours.
- Although most respondents were white collar staff, they covered a wide range of grades from office support staff to permanent secretary.
- 1.2chiefly North American A mark indicating the quality of a student’s work: I got good grades last semesterMore example sentences
- And it would also revise its code of practice on how students' grades related to the marks they score in their exams.
- If the awards were based instead on, say, high-school grades, many students would respond by choosing easy courses where an A is guaranteed.
- That is, the higher the students' grades in high school, the more likely they would persist to meet their educational goals in college.
- 1.3British An examination, especially in music: I took grade five and got a distinctionMore example sentences
- After her marriage, she appeared for the senior grade music examination in 1991 and passed it with distinction.
- She received an A for her seventh grade (the second highest level) music exams.
- After seeing one of their public performances, a woman approached Mark and Angela in the supermarket about her 11-year-old daughter Sarah at grade one on the saxophone.
- 1.4(With specifying ordinal number) those students in a school or school system who are grouped by age or ability for teaching at a particular level for a year: she teaches first gradeMore example sentences
- Yuntardi was confused when his daughter Sekar, a first grade elementary pupil, asked him to register her in a school tennis course.
- Students in higher grades scored better than students in lower grades.
- Every year, the students in all grades of my elementary school do a papier-mache project.
- 1.6 Zoology A group of animals at a similar evolutionary level.More example sentences
- Thecodontia therefore is an evolutionary grade of animals, rather than a clade.
- They argued that previous classifications failed to examine real lineages and tended to be based more on evolutionary grades.
- Pelycosaur, therapsid, and mammal represent three evolutionary grades in a single progressive evolutionary axis.
- 2chiefly North American A gradient or slope: just over the crest of a long seven percent gradeMore example sentences
- Clark points out that some applications, such as parking lots, have so many different grades and slopes that the use of a trimmer becomes almost impossible.
- Myrna and David visited a hillside azalea garden in a nearby park to walk the trails and get a feel for the different grades of slope.
- While you're outside, check that the grade around the house slopes away from it.
- 3 [usually as modifier] A variety of cattle produced by crossing with a superior breed: grade stockMore example sentences
- Trade was stronger at the top for R4L grade heifers with nine factories paying over 93c/lb.
- Indeed farmers with U grade stock have already reached the €2.94 / kg mark.
- Farmers must first secure a reasonable price for the better quality cattle, which is the mainstay of specialist feeders, and then work this price back for the lower grade cattle.
verb[with object] (usually be graded) Back to top
- 1Arrange in or allocate to grades; class or sort: they are graded according to thickness (as adjective graded) carefully graded exercisesMore example sentences
- He said the mining centre would enable miners to add value to their stones by preparing knocking, sorting and grading their gemstones before selling them.
- They will become even more responsible if development in their constituencies is formally graded, ranked in order of merit and made public.
- There are 16 classes of vehicle, graded by engine size and body-type.
- 1.1chiefly North American Give a mark to (a student or a piece of work).More example sentences
- Any teacher completing these books will never again be able to grade student work without questioning how and why that grading is taking place.
- I require this evaluation form to be attached to the back of their project before I will grade their work.
- The students are then graded on how well they adapt various stylistic aspects of the artist's work into their own.
- 2 [no object] Pass gradually from one level, especially a shade of color, into another: the sky graded from blue to white on the horizonMore example sentences
blend, shade, merge, pass
- If the hypotheses of this research are correct, then equivalencies in a judoist's throwing side preference will emerge as he or she grades to the elite level.
- Thus, deposition graded gradually from anoxic environments below the storm wave base to oxic environments above the storm wave base.
- The anterior is sloping, broad, without wings or ear, the rear wing in contrast gradually grading into the posterior margin.
- 3Reduce (a road) to an easy gradient.More example sentences
- Lodge explains that sonic sensors make grading a road much easier than with stakes.
- Norman got work as a roadman, clearing drains, grading roads and laying metal.
- The ability to shift the blade right and left comes in handy for slope and ditch work and for grading roads and parking lots.
- 4Cross (livestock) with a superior breed.More example sentences
- The low percentage of cattle grading choice is most likely explained by the aggressive implant program utilized in this study.
- North American On the same level: the crossing at grade of two streetsMore example sentences
- This track crossed it at a diamond, one of the last such crossings at grade with streetcars.
- The total distance of the metro line will be 36.50 km of which 29.15 km will be elevated, 0.65 km at grade and 6.70 km will be underground.
- Planning requirements mean tall residential buildings have setbacks and open areas at grade, making the streetscape discontinuous and usually unpleasant.
make the grade
- • informal Succeed; reach the desired standard.More example sentences
- She quickly made the grade for England and reached the quarter-finals of the world championships in Thailand last year.
- The Indians came through the tough Olympic qualifying competitions before making the grade.
- Only 600 establishments have made the grade and only those who surpass the high entry standards are eligible to compete for the national awards.
early 16th century: from French, or from Latin gradus 'step'. Originally used as a unit of measurement of angles (a degree of arc), the term later referred to degrees of merit or quality.