grad-, -grade, -gred, -gree, -gress

(Latin: walk, step, take steps, move around; walking or stepping)

1. Walking on the toes; toe-walking; such as, a tip-toe gait which is common in toddlers in the first few years of life.

Dactylograde, toe walking, is not unusual in younger children who are just beginning to walk and otherwise growing and developing normally; however, toe walking after three years of age should be evaluated by a doctor.

2. In zoology, an animal that walks on its toes; such as, a cat, a lion, a wolf, etc.; distinguished from a plantigrade, which walks on the palm of the foot.
decree, degree
decree (di KREE) (noun)
An official order, edict, or decision; as of a church, government, or court: The government issued a decree to the effect that everyone should conserve water during the summer.
degree (di GREE) (noun)
1. Any of successive steps or states in a process or series; relative intensity: In the television court room drama, the lawyers gave the witness the third degree, asking intense questions.
2. A unit of measure on a scale: The students could measure the degrees of heat generated during their experiment using the temperature scale.
3. An academic title given to students who complete a prescribed course of study at a college or university, etc.: Ernestine was very proud of her science degree from the famous university.

The decree from the university announced to the world that Darin had achieved his academic degree in science during which he discovered a new degree for measuring vapor.

degrading (adjective), more degrading, most degrading
A reference to something or to someone’s character or behavior as being disgraceful, demeaning, or contemptible: Jane told Sam that he didn't have to make such a degrading remark about her friend's weight.

Pollutions in the atmosphere are still causing degrading qualities of the air around the world.

Relating to shaming or humilating someone.
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1. In geology, a rock unit, varying in age in different areas or cutting across time planes or biostratigraphic zones; time-transgressive.
2. Describing a lithological unit whose age varies from place to place, or a lithological unit (rock formation) which cuts across various times or biostratigraphic zones.
3. A geological deposit in which a sedimentary rock formation apparently consists of similar material, but varies in age from place to place.

For example, as a shoreline advances or retreats, a succession of continuous deposits representing different environments; such as, beach, shallow water, and deeper water, may be left behind as their ages vary depending on the positions of the shorelines through the various time sequences.

1. Walking on the toes or digits, as most quadruped mammals.
2. Relating to an animal; such as, a horse, a cat, or a dog, whose weight is borne on the toes.
3. Walking on the digits, with metacarpal and metatarsal bones clear of the ground, as do dogs and cats.
digitigrade mammal
An animal that walks so that only the toes touch the ground; such as, dogs and cats and horses.