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Meaning of GRADUAL

Pronunciation:  'grajooul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (Roman Catholic) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass
  2. [adj]  proceeding in small stages; "a gradual increase in prices"
  3. [adj]  of a topographical gradient; not steep or abrupt; "a gradual slope"

GRADUAL is a 7 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: bit-by-bit, easy, gentle, gradational, gradatory, graduated, in small stages, piecemeal, sloping, step-by-step, stepwise
 Antonyms: steep, sudden
 See Also: antiphon, antiphony, inclined, slow



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Grad"u*al"\; a. [Cf; F. graduel. See {Grade}, and cf.
    {Gradual}, n.]
    Proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing, step by step, as
    in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly
    progressive; slow; as, a gradual increase of knowledge; a
    gradual decline.
          Creatures animate with gradual life Of growth, sense,
          reason, all summed up in man.            --Milton.
  2. \Grad"u*al\, n. [LL. graduale a gradual (in sense 1),
    fr. L. gradus step: cf. F. graduel. See {Grade}, and cf.
    {Grail} a gradual.]
    1. (R. C. Ch.)
       (a) An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the
           Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon
           ascended the steps.
       (b) A service book containing the musical portions of the
    2. A series of steps. [Obs.] --Dryden.
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