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gradient

noun gra·di·ent \ˈgrā-dē-ənt\

: a place where the ground slopes up or down

Full Definition of GRADIENT

1
a :  the rate of regular or graded ascent or descent :  inclination
b :  a part sloping upward or downward
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
:  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
:  a graded difference in physiological activity along an axis (as of the body or an embryonic field)
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

Other Physics Terms

amplitude, centrifugal, centripetal, convection, hysteresis, kinetic, lase, quantum

Rhymes with GRADIENT

Medical Dictionary

gradient

noun gra·di·ent \ˈgrād-ē-ənt\

Medical Definition of GRADIENT

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
:  a graded difference in physiological activity along an axis (as of the body or an embryonic field)
3
:  change in response with distance from the stimulus
July 06, 2015
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