grade-n; 7 Senses

Sense Number 1: social rank, as in education or the military

Commentary: GRADE[+relation][+social][+rank]

Johnny is in the third grade this year.
That school accommodates students from grades 9-12.
What is the pay scale for that grade of army officer?

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: an assigned value from a scale of values

Commentary: GRADE[+quality][+assigned][+value][+scaled]

Only lumber of the highest grade is used in our flooring materials.
John got the lowest grade in the class on the chemistry exam.
Their ranch only sells beef cattle that are grade.
Mary managed to improve her grades last semester.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 6, 9

Sense Number 3: the slope or inclination of a road or bank

Commentary: GRADE[+form][+physical][+incline] [+quantity][+degree][+slope]

I put the car into low gear because of the steep grade on the road.
This stretch of road was built with a 7 percent grade.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: a degree of intensity

Commentary: GRADE[+quantity][+degree][+intensity]

The doctor said her infection was only low grade.
The level of pollen in the air today is medium grade.
That grade of fire is hot enough to melt steel.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 5: being at ground level height

Commentary: GRADE[+location][+height][+ground_level]

The base of the tower was well below grade.
The windows of the basement were right at grade.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 6: 1/100th of a right angle

Commentary: GRADE[+quantity][+portion][+one-one-hundredth][+right][+angle]

Two grades of a right angle would be equal to 1/50th of the angle.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 7: a series of alternate linguistic root forms

Commentary: GRADE[+entity][+symbolic][+set][+form][+linguistic][+root][+alternate]

The historical linguist distinguished three types of root for this process of vowel alternation; full grade, reduced grade and zero grade.