noun, often capitalized \ˈgra-jə-wəl, -jəl, ˈgraj-wəl\

Definition of GRADUAL

:  a book containing the choral parts of the Mass
:  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



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

: not steep

Full Definition of GRADUAL

:  proceeding by steps or degrees
:  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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