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2 definitions found
 for Doctor of Divinity
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Degree \De*gree"\, n. [F. degr['e], OF. degret, fr. LL.
     degradare. See Degrade.]
     1. A step, stair, or staircase. [Obs.]
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              By ladders, or else by degree.        --Rom. of R.
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     2. 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.
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     3. The point or step of progression to which a person has
        arrived; rank or station in life; position. "A dame of
        high degree." --Dryden. "A knight is your degree." --Shak.
        "Lord or lady of high degree." --Lowell.
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     4. Measure of advancement; quality; extent; as, tastes differ
        in kind as well as in degree.
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              The degree of excellence which proclaims genius, is
              different in different times and different places.
                                                    --Sir. J.
                                                    Reynolds.
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     5. 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.
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     Note: In the United States diplomas are usually given as the
           evidence of a degree conferred. In the humanities the
           first degree is that of bachelor of arts (B. A. or A.
           B.); the second that of master of arts (M. A. or A.
           M.). The degree of bachelor (of arts, science,
           divinity, law, etc.) is conferred upon those who
           complete a prescribed course of undergraduate study.
           The first degree in medicine is that of doctor of
           medicine (M. D.). The degrees of master and doctor are
           also conferred, in course, upon those who have
           completed certain prescribed postgraduate studies, as
           doctor of philosophy (Ph. D.); the degree of doctor
           is also conferred as a complimentary recognition of
           eminent services in science or letters, or for public
           services or distinction (as doctor of laws (LL. D.)
           or doctor of divinity (D. D.), when they are called
           honorary degrees.
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                 The youth attained his bachelor's degree, and
                 left the university.               --Macaulay.
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     6. (Genealogy) 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.
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              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.
                                                    --Hallam.
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     7. (Arith.) Three figures taken together in numeration; thus,
        140 is one degree, 222,140 two degrees.
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     8. (Algebra) 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, a^{2b^{3}c
        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, ax^{4 + bx^{2} = c, and
        mx^{2y^{2} + nyx = p, are both equations of the fourth
        degree.
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     9. (Trig.) 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.
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     10. A division, space, or interval, marked on a mathematical
         or other instrument, as on a thermometer.
  
     11. (Mus.) A line or space of the staff.
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     Note: The short lines and their spaces are added degrees.
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     Accumulation of degrees. (Eng. Univ.) See under
        Accumulation.
  
     By degrees, step by step; by little and little; by moderate
        advances. "I'll leave it by degrees." --Shak.
  
     Degree of a curve or Degree of a surface (Geom.), the
        number which expresses the degree of the equation of the
        curve or surface in rectilinear coordinates. A straight
        line will, in general, meet the curve or surface in a
        number of points equal to the degree of the curve or
        surface and no more.
  
     Degree of latitude (Geog.), on the earth, the distance on a
        meridian between two parallels of latitude whose latitudes
        differ from each other by one degree. This distance is not
        the same on different parts of a meridian, on account of
        the flattened figure of the earth, being 68.702 statute
        miles at the equator, and 69.396 at the poles.
  
     Degree of longitude, the distance on a parallel of latitude
        between two meridians that make an angle of one degree
        with each other at the poles -- a distance which varies as
        the cosine of the latitude, being at the equator 69.16
        statute miles.
  
     To a degree, to an extreme; exceedingly; as, mendacious to
        a degree.
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              It has been said that Scotsmen . . . are . . . grave
              to a degree on occasions when races more favored by
              nature are gladsome to excess.        --Prof.
                                                    Wilson.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Doctor of Divinity
      n 1: a doctor's degree in religion [syn: Doctor of Divinity,
           DD]

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