from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of superior grade or quality.

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  • adj. Of high quality, particularly good.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of a superior grade or quality; specifically, having more than three quarters pure blood: applied by stockbreeders to animals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. surpassing in quality


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  • Wal-Mart has $25.3 billion in U.S. marketed investment-grade bonds outstanding, according to data provider Dealogic, and the company's last high-grade issue was on June 30 for $3 billion.

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  • PepsiCo's last U.S. marketed high-grade bond was sold on Jan. 11, for $4.25 billion.

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  • Reuters Steel coils in Tokyo this week For Japan's top steel suppliers, close ties to local auto makers and operations focused on high-grade steel serve as a cushion against foreign market conditions, but they are nonetheless vulnerable to the globally weakening steel-market conditions that have already bit into the earnings of foreign rivals ArcelorMittal and U.S. Steel Corp.

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  • "We have not seen any long-dated financial deals coming to market recently," said Peter Vutz, senior portfolio manager in high-grade credit at Dwight Asset Management, which controls $64.3 billion in assets.

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  • But Mark MacQueen, partner and portfolio manager in Austin, Texas, at Sage Advisory Services Ltd., which oversees $9.4 billion in assets, said Treasury yields are near rock-bottom levels and he is seeking better returns in high-grade corporate-bond markets.

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  • This year, for instance, Voestlapine has a contract to supply high-grade rail steel for tracks being built between Shanghai and Beijing.

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  • The silver lining of private payrolls being up 64,000 fueled a slight improvement in a key index of credit derivatives reflecting investor sentiment about high-grade corporate bonds, even though the index had already rallied in recent days.

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  • PETER STIGTER & JONAS GUSTAVSSON Jil Sander Best Casual Chic JIL SANDER Milan: A recipe for stylish comfort: Take one pair of high-grade black stirrup pants, add a bright sweater, yank on chic boots, and off you go.

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  • Into Chase's cloistered city enters Perkus Tooth, a wall-eyed free-range pop critic whose soaring conspiratorial riffs are fueled by high-grade marijuana, mammoth cheeseburgers, and a desperate ache for meaning.

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