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gradation

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noun gra·da·tion \grā-ˈdā-shən, grə-\

Simple Definition of gradation

  • : a small difference between two points or parts that can be seen in something that changes gradually

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gradation

  1. 1 a :  a series forming successive stages b :  a step or place in an ordered scale

  2. 2 :  an advance by regular degrees

  3. 3 :  a gradual passing from one tint or shade to another

  4. 4 :  the act or process of grading

  5. 5 :  ablaut

gradational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

gradationally

adverb

Did You Know?

In the Boy Scouts, gradations of rank move upward from Tenderfoot to Eagle Scout. A violin or a voice can produce gradations of musical pitch too small to appear in written music. In the 18th century Jonathan Swift could even write of "the several kinds and gradations of laughter, which ladies must daily practice by the looking-glass".

1549

First Known Use of gradation

1549


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