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GRADE, noun [Latin gradus, a step. gradior, to step to go, rota. We observe further that the Latin gradior forms gressus, by a common change of d to s; Heb. to descend.]

1. A degree or rank in order or dignity, civil, military or ecclesiastical.

While questions, periods, and grades and privileges are never once formally discussed.

2. A step or degree in any ascending series; as crimes of every grade

When we come to examine the intermediate grades.