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For the corresponding concept in geometry, see Degree (angle).

The degree of a polynomial p(x), represented by the symbol \deg (p(x)), is the highest exponent that occurs inside that polynomial.

For example, if we look at the polynomial 2x^3 - 7x^2 + 5x - 4, then we can see that the degree of this polynomial is 3, because the highest power in the variable x is 3. It occurs in the term x^3.

The name of the variable is not important. For example, the polynomial -6y^5 + 2y^3 - 25y - 58 has degree 5, because the highest power of the variable, in this case y, is 5, which occurs in the term y^5.

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