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Degree, 1) step or round of a staircase or ladder: “scorning the base --s by which he did ascend,” Caes. II, 1, 26. “his ascent is not by such easy --s,” Cor. II, 2, 29. Figuratively: “and in these --s have they made a pair of stairs to marriage,” As V, 2, 41. “I pity you; that's a d. to love,” Tw. III, 1, 134. “as were our England in reversion his, and he our subjects' next d. in hope,” R2 I, 4, 36. “the next d. is England's royal throne,” H6C II, 1, 193. “who stands so eminent in the d. of this fortune as Cassius does?” Oth. II, 1, 241.
2) a step of progression: “what future evils are now to have no successive --s,” Meas. II, 2, 98. “the --s of the lie,” As V, 4, 92. “in the third d. of drink,” Tw. I, 5, 143. “I'll answer thee in any fair d. or chivalrous design of knightly trial,” R2 I, 1, 80 (i. e. to any length that is compatible with the honour of knighthood). so both the --s (age and youth) “prevent my curses,” H4B I, 2, 259. “--s in schools and brotherhoods in cities,” Troil. I, 3, 104. hadst thou, like us “from our first swath, proceeded the sweet --s that this brief world affords,” Tim. IV, 3, 253 (i. e. the different stages of enjoyment). “in the highest d.” Tw. I, 5, 61. IV, 2, 128. Cor. V, 6, 85. “in the highest d., in the direst d., in each d.” R3 V, 3, 196 -- R3 V, 3, 196 “in the least d.” LLL I, 1, 157. “in no less d.” As V, 4, 154. “of the worst d.” R2 II, 3, 108. “in so dear d.” R3 I, 4, 215. “of such unnatural d.” Lr. I, 1, 222. “Hector is not Troilus in some --s,” Troil. I, 2, 74. by d. == step by step: “festered members rot but by d.” H6A III, 1, 192. “by --s:” LLL V, 2, 418. Shr. III, 2, 145. Oth. II, 3, 377. Ant. III, 13, 163.
3) rank: “under the d. of a squire,” Wiv. III, 4, 48. “I know not the d. of the Worthy,” LLL V, 2, 508. “O, that estates, --s and offices were not derived corruptly!” Merch. II, 9, 41. Tw. I, 3, 116. Tw. I, 3, 116 III, 4, 86. Wint. II, 1, 85. H4B IV, 3, 6. H5 IV, 1, 263. IV, 7, 143. V, 1, 38. H6A II, 4, 111. III, 1, 20. IV, 1, 17. V, 1, 29. H6B V, 1, 73. R3 I, 1, 87. III, 7, 143. 188 (Qq all his thoughts). Troil. I, 3, 83. Troil. I, 3, 83 Troil. I, 3, 83 Troil. I, 3, 83 Tim. IV, 1, 19. V, 1, 211. Mcb. III, 4, 1. Lr. V, 3, 111. Oth. II, 3, 97. III, 3, 230.
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