Definition of gradation
gradationalplay \grā-ˈdā-shnəl, -shə-nəl, grə-\ adjective
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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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