Definition of gradation
gradationalplay \grā-ˈdā-shnəl, -shə-nəl, grə-\ adjective
Recent Examples of gradation from the Web
Give me Mahler with no end of personal touches, all sorts of tempo and dynamic gradations.
There were also fine gradations of enslavement that allowed slaves to change their status through intermarriage and manumission.
His critics fear that the style, improvised and inflammatory, might create substantive havoc, particularly in the realm of foreign policy, where the smallest gradations of adjective or adverb can affect real lives.
Each existed now as gradations of resistant texture in the soil.
There is no gradation, nor overlap between the two.
Think of monochromatic painting—the density of Yves Klein’s blue or the subtle gradations of Ad Reinhardt’s blackness—each canvas built up through layers of pigment.
The ascending gradation among these is such that the last mentioned are judged to be more serious that the preceding.
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In the Boy Scouts, gradations of rank move upward from Tenderfoot to Eagle Scout. A violin or a voice can produce gradations of musical pitch too small to appear in written music. In the 18th century Jonathan Swift could even write of "the several kinds and gradations of laughter, which ladies must daily practice by the looking-glass".
Origin and Etymology of gradation
First Known Use: 1549
GRADATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gradation for English Language Learners
: a small difference between two points or parts that can be seen in something that changes gradually
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