(1) A geometric measure. 360 degrees makes a circle; 180 degrees a straight line; 90 degrees a right angle, etc. Used in metes and bounds descriptions to show the direction the boundaries follow. A degree is itself divided by minutes and seconds, 60 minutes making 1 degree, and 60 seconds making 1 minute. (2) A term used in inheritance to show the closeness of blood relationships. (3) Extent, such as 1st degree murder. (4) That which is received upon graduation from school, such as a law degree.