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Degree symbol also called degree sign, is used in multiple fields to represent temperature, geographical direction, angle, and musical note.

Uses of Degree Symbol

The Degree symbol can represent temperature, angle of a circle in mathematics, describe an area’s longitude and latitude, or provide a geographical direction.

Whenever a text is written informally, one can use the degree symbol or even write the word “degrees” but in science, the degree symbol is the only recommendation.

This symbol can be used in multiple different styles while typing a temperature, such as by not giving any space between the climate, degree symbol, and the unit of measurement.

In contrast, some guides will advise using a space after the degree symbol, and others may suggest using it before the sign. It is just a matter of representation one may want to follow.

Similarly, the degree symbol is being used in mathematics for degrees of an angle or circle.

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Degree Decimal

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Degree Hex

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Type Degree Symbol on Microsoft Windows

Press and hold the key and type + + + on the numeric keypad of your keyboard.

Make sure the + with the leading zero.

*If no numeric keypad is available on your keyboard, press and holds the function key symbol can alsoand key.

*In Microsoft Office or similar software and programs, this sy be inserted using ‘insert menu.’

Type Degree Symbol on macOS

Press and hold the + + keys on your keyboard.

Type Degree Symbol on iPhone

From the iOS keyboard on iPhone or iPad

First, tap on the buttons on the bottom left corner to see the numerical keypad.

Now you can access the degree sign by tapping and holding the (zero) button.

iPhone will reveal the degree symbol, which can be selected through a pop-up menu that appears over the key.

Type Degree Symbol on Android

Press key on the keypad to select the numeric keypad

Then press key to see more symbols

The degree symbol will be available on the keypad

What is Degree Symbol ?

It is a typographical symbol, represented by a small circle in superscript numerical figures.

While meaning an angle, the degree symbol is assigned right after the numeric digit, without giving any space in between.

When one represents temperature, space is used as a separator between the number and the degree symbol; this symbol is not used when the weather is measured in kelvin.

In developing technologies, vivid online systems and software are used in day-to-day routines to perform tasks quickly and accurately.

On the other hand, the absence of special keys with sure signs on your keyboard can make it challenging to create one. The degree symbol is one such example.

Degree Symbol History

You might be thinking about the origin of the degree symbol, so let us briefly know its history.

First used degree sign or the typographical character in 1657; it was used in combination with the numeric character to represent that the number has a zero power.

With the development of modern technologies, the first recorded use of this sign is in mathematics in the year 1657.

It was designed and used as a small superscript slightly above the line and smaller in the font compared to the other characters to match the other designated units in mathematics, science such as minutes, seconds, or thirds.

Degree Symbol in LaTeX

Degree symbol can be typed in LaTeX with using packages.

textcomp

\usepackage{textcomp}
 
\begin{document}
 
Degree symbol: 90\si{\textdegree}
 
\end{document}
 

gensymb

\usepackage{gensymb}
 
\begin{document}
 
Degree symbol: 90\si{\degree}
 
\end{document}

siunitx

\usepackage{siunitx}
 
\begin{document}
 
Degree symbol: 90\si{\degree}
 
\end{document}

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Celsius Degree Symbol

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Celsius Degree Decimal

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Celsius Degree Hex

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Celsius Degree Source Code

Fahrenheit Degree Symbol

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Fahrenheit Degree Decimal

℉

Fahrenheit Degree Hex

\u2109

Fahrenheit Degree Source Code

Masculine Ordinal Indicator Symbol

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Degree Decimal

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Degree Hex

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Degree Source Code

Ring Above Symbol

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Degree Decimal

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Degree Hex

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\u02DA

Degree Source Code

Ring Below Symbol

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Degree Decimal

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Degree Hex

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Degree Source Code

Superscript Zero Symbol

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Degree Decimal

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Degree Hex

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Degree Source Code

Ring Operator Symbol

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Degree Hex

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Degree Source Code

Degree Symbol Examples

Degree symbol in geometry.

  • The right angle is 90°. (90 degrees)
  • Straight angle is 180°. (180 degrees)
  • Acute angle is less than 90°. (<90 degrees)
  • Obtuse angle is greater than 90° and less than 90°. (>90 degrees and <180 degrees)
  • Reflex angle is greater than 180°. (>180 degrees)

Degree symbol in geographic coordinate system.

  • Latitude 36.196246 is equal to 36° 11' 46.4856'' N. (36 degrees North)
  • Longitude -101.649063 is equal to 101° 38' 56.6268'' W. (101 degrees West)

Degree symbol in temperature measurements.

  • 5°C: 5 degrees Celsius
  • 10°C: 10 degrees Celsius
  • 20°C: 20 degrees Celsius
  • 50°C: 50 degrees Celsius
  • -36°C: -36 degrees Celsius

Use of Degree Symbol in Mathematics

A degree symbol is used as a unit of angle, representing 1/360th of a complete circle. A full circle indicates 360 degrees or 360°.

The concept of 360 originates from the inhabitants of Babylonians.

There are approximately 360 days in a year, and a complete circle rotation is to be 360°.

Select 360 can divide into 24 different numbers, including 1 and 360; it also consists of every number starting from 1 to 10 except 7.

The degree symbol makes the text more readable or meaningful. A Straight angle or half circle has written as 180°.

Similarly, a Right arc or quarter of a circle has mentioned as 90°. To measure the angle of a circle: protractors have been used, a standard protractor.

Which used to measure angles ranging between 0° to 180° a full protractor is used to measure the full rotation from 0° to 360°.

A degree is a more miniature representation of an angle. Each degree represents angle more accurately, and that the complete rotation will provide more precision.

On the other hand, this is not a case while using the same in astronomy or mentioning latitudes and longitudes.

Degree measurements can also have written using decimal places, but sexagesimal units are in common.

In many mathematical projects, angles have measured radians, a unit other than degrees used to measure angular measurements.Geometrical functions, when represented in radians, are pretty easy and natural to read.

When invented metric systems, ‘decimal degrees‘ were defined based on the powers of ten; however, the idea was not much appreciated and so was not materialized.

Use of Degree Symbol in Compass

Compass is an instrument used to locate directions, consisting of a magnetic pointer that aligns itself with the Earth’s magnetic field.

This alignment is so accurate and is very useful for navigational assistance. Compass has helped in improving the travel for marines making it more safe and efficient.

In the modern era, some smartphones are also providing a dry magnetic compass. Compasses have four points,

i.e., East (E), West (W), North (N), and South (S), different compasses use different methods to display these points, and some use 360° marks commonly known as degrees.

The needle in this compass is pointing towards the north direction. In terms of degrees, 0° indicates the north direction, 90° (90 degrees) is East, 180° (180 degrees) is South, whereas 270° (270 degrees) is west direction.

The easiest method to use a compass is to ensure that the arrow always points in the North magnetic direction, similar to the true north.

Sometimes a variation of 20 degrees can be observed, which is substantial to help locate the right direction.