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Meaning of GRADIENT

Pronunciation:  'greydeeunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal; "a five-degree gradient"
  2. [n]  a graded change in the magnitude of some physical quantity or dimension

GRADIENT is a 8 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: slope
 See Also: abruptness, change, gentleness, grade, gradualness, gravity gradient, pitch, position, precipitousness, rake, slant, spatial relation, steepness, temperature gradient



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gra"di*ent\, a. [L. gradiens, p. pr. of gradi to step,
    to go. See {Grade}.]
    1. Moving by steps; walking; as, gradient automata.
    2. Rising or descending by regular degrees of inclination;
       as, the gradient line of a railroad.
    3. Adapted for walking, as the feet of certain birds.
  2. \Gra"di*ent\, n.
    1. The rate of regular or graded ascent or descent in a road;
    2. A part of a road which slopes upward or downward; a
       portion of a way not level; a grade.
    3. The rate of increase or decrease of a variable magnitude,
       or the curve which represents it; as, a thermometric
    {Gradient post}, a post or stake indicating by its height or
       by marks on it the grade of a railroad, highway, or
       embankment, etc., at that spot.
Biology Dictionary
  1. The slope of a grade line.
  2. Average change in vertical elevation per unit of horizontal distance, usually measured as meters of drop per kilometer of map distance.
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