Idioms: Third Degree
What is the origin of the idiom “Third Degree?”
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- Third degree burns are serious, typically requiring skin grafts to heal.
- Police interviewing techniques are organized into degrees. The third degree allows nonviolent physical contact.
- Based on Euclid’s masterwork of geometry where he first described the three degrees of plane geometry. This remained the standard until Einstein added the fourth degree, or dimension, of time.
- There are three degrees of membership in Masonic lodges, the third being the most difficult to achieve.