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gradient

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noun gra·di·ent \ˈgrā-dē-ənt\

Simple Definition of gradient

  • : a place where the ground slopes up or down

Full Definition of gradient

  1. 1 a :  the rate of regular or graded ascent or descent :  inclination b :  a part sloping upward or downward

  2. 2 :  change in the value of a quantity (as temperature, pressure, or concentration) with change in a given variable and especially per unit distance in a specified direction

  3. 3 :  the vector sum of the partial derivatives with respect to the three coordinate variables x, y, and z of a scalar quantity whose value varies from point to point

  4. 4 :  a graded difference in physiological activity along an axis (as of the body or an embryonic field)

  5. 5 :  change in response with distance from the stimulus

Examples of gradient

  1. <the path goes up at a pretty steep gradient before leveling off>



Origin of gradient

Latin gradient-, gradiens, present participle of gradi


First Known Use: 1835

Rhymes with gradient


Medical Dictionary

gradient

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noun gra·di·ent \ˈgrād-ē-ənt\

Medical Definition of gradient

  1. 1:  change in the value of a quantity (as temperature, pressure, or concentration) with change in a given variable and especially per unit on a linear scale

  2. 2:  a graded difference in physiological activity along an axis (as of the body or an embryonic field)

  3. 3:  change in response with distance from the stimulus





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