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gradual

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noun grad·u·al \ˈgra-jə-wəl, -jəl, ˈgraj-wəl\

Definition of gradual

  1. 1 :  a book containing the choral parts of the Mass

  2. 2 :  a pair of verses (as from the Psalms) proper after the Epistle in the Mass



Origin of gradual

Middle English, from Medieval Latin graduale, from Latin gradus step; from its being sung on the steps of the altar


First Known Use: 15th century


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gradual

adjective grad·u·al

Simple Definition of gradual

  • : moving or changing in small amounts : happening in a slow way over a long period of time

  • : not steep

Full Definition of gradual

  1. 1 :  proceeding by steps or degrees

  2. 2 :  moving, changing, or developing by fine or often imperceptible degrees

grad·u·al·ly adverb
grad·u·al·ness noun

Examples of gradual

  1. We noticed a gradual change in temperature.

  2. The hospital has made gradual improvements in health care.



Origin of gradual

Medieval Latin gradualis, from Latin gradus


First Known Use: 1658

Rhymes with gradual



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