One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Denoting burns that affect only the surface of the skin and cause reddening.
- ‘Thin or superficial burns (also called first-degree burns) are red and painful.’
- ‘Scarring from first-degree burns and light second-degree burns may disappear within a few months.’
- ‘More than once he has ended up with first-degree burns.’
- ‘The corpsman said that a small third-degree burn might be difficult to recognize if it is located in an area of second- or even first-degree burn skin damage.’
- ‘Second- and third-degree burns both require professional medical attention, as do first-degree burns if they occur over a large part of the body.’
2North American Law
Denoting the most serious category of a crime, especially murder.‘he was convicted of first-degree murder’
- ‘He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.’
- ‘Pennsylvania was the first U.S. state to abolish capital punishment for all crimes except first-degree murder.’
- ‘Now he awaits trial for first-degree murder, attempted murder, and aggravated battery.’
- ‘Let's face it, everybody understands premeditated, first-degree murder.’
- ‘I decided to present this case through a Broward County grand jury and they indicted him for first-degree murder as an adult.’
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