gradation


gra·da·tion

noun \grā-ˈdā-shən, grə-\

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

Full Definition of GRADATION

1
a :  a series forming successive stages
b :  a step or place in an ordered scale
2
:  an advance by regular degrees
3
:  a gradual passing from one tint or shade to another
4
:  the act or process of grading
5
:  ablaut
gra·da·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
gra·da·tion·al·ly adverb

First Known Use of GRADATION

1549

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