Down grade
Grade Grade (gr[=a]d), n. [F. grade, L. gradus step, pace, grade, from gradi to step, go. Cf. {Congress}, {Degree}, {Gradus}.] 1. A step or degree in any series, rank, quality, order; relative position or standing; as, grades of military rank; crimes of every grade; grades of flour. [1913 Webster]

They also appointed and removed, at their own pleasure, teachers of every grade. --Buckle. [1913 Webster]

2. In a railroad or highway: (a) The rate of ascent or descent; gradient; deviation from a level surface to an inclined plane; -- usually stated as so many feet per mile, or as one foot rise or fall in so many of horizontal distance; as, a heavy grade; a grade of twenty feet per mile, or of 1 in 264. (b) A graded ascending, descending, or level portion of a road; a gradient. [1913 Webster]

3. (Stock Breeding) The result of crossing a native stock with some better breed. If the crossbreed have more than three fourths of the better blood, it is called high grade. [1913 Webster]

{At grade}, on the same level; -- said of the crossing of a railroad with another railroad or a highway, when they are on the same level at the point of crossing.

{Down grade}, a descent, as on a graded railroad.

{Up grade}, an ascent, as on a graded railroad.

{Equating for grades}. See under {Equate}.

{Grade crossing}, a crossing at grade. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Grade — (gr[=a]d), n. [F. grade, L. gradus step, pace, grade, from gradi to step, go. Cf. {Congress}, {Degree}, {Gradus}.] 1. A step or degree in any series, rank, quality, order; relative position or standing; as, grades of military rank; crimes of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grade crossing — Grade Grade (gr[=a]d), n. [F. grade, L. gradus step, pace, grade, from gradi to step, go. Cf. {Congress}, {Degree}, {Gradus}.] 1. A step or degree in any series, rank, quality, order; relative position or standing; as, grades of military rank;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Down — Down, a. 1. Downcast; as, a down look. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. Downright; absolute; positive; as, a down denial. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 3. Downward; going down; sloping; as, a down stroke; a down grade; a down train on a railway. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Down at the mouth — Down Down, a. 1. Downcast; as, a down look. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. Downright; absolute; positive; as, a down denial. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 3. Downward; going down; sloping; as, a down stroke; a down grade; a down train on a railway.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Down in the mouth — Down Down, a. 1. Downcast; as, a down look. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. Downright; absolute; positive; as, a down denial. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 3. Downward; going down; sloping; as, a down stroke; a down grade; a down train on a railway.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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