from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of inferior grade or quality.
  • adjective Reduced in degree or intensity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective inferior. Opposite of high-grade.

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  • adjective Of inferior quality.

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  • adjective of inferior quality


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  • Iron-ore exporters have said they have no option but to export low-grade iron-ore since most Indian steel factories don't have the technology to convert it into saleable steel.

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  • That evening I noticed that I had a low-grade fever.

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  • I had lost all interest in my work, and the doctor I saw in desperation diagnosed my condition as dysthymia, a low-grade depression.

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  • One of the reasons pertussis is so scary is that during its initial incubation period, its symptoms—low-grade fever, slight aches, mild cough—closely resemble those of other, relatively common illnesses, ranging from the common cold to the flu.

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  • As for work, he occupied a succession of low-grade positions clerk, night watchman, rising to lower managerial roles in a coal-distribution operation and in the Springer publishing house.

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  • Instead, intense stomach cramps, chills and a low-grade fever.

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  • Can low-grade terror tactics be justified and should Wang Lequan step down, as so many Han have demanded this past week?

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  • According to Scientific American, low-cost, low-grade absinthe, accounted for the majority consumed at the turn of the 19th century.

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