grade (

     adj 1: at surface level; "a grade crossing" [syn: ground-level]
     2: (of domestic animals) improved by selective breeding
     n 1: a body of students who are taught together; "early morning
          classes are always sleepy" [syn: class, form]
     2: a relative position or degree of value in a graded group:
        "lumber of the highest grade" [syn: level, tier]
     3: the gradient of a slope or road or other surface: "the road
        had a steep grade"
     4: one-hundredth of a right angle [syn: grad]
     5: a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a
        student's performance); "she made good marks in algebra";
        "grade A milk"; "what was your score on your homework?"
        [syn: mark, score]
     6: the height of the ground on which something stands: "the
        base of the tower was below grade" [syn: ground level]
     7: 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" [syn: degree,
     8: the property possessed by a line or surface that departs
        from the horizontal; "a five-degree grade" [syn: gradient,
     v 1: assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these
          students?" [syn: rate, rank, range, order, place]
     2: level to the right gradient
     3: assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation;
        "grade tests"; "score the SAT essays"; "mark homework"
        [syn: score, mark]
     4: determine the grade of or assign a grade to