gradation

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noun gra·da·tion \grā-ˈdā-shən, grə-\

Definition of gradation

  1. 1a :  a series forming successive stages <the gradations of evolutionary development>b :  a step or place in an ordered scale

  2. 2 :  an advance by regular degrees <gradations of social progress>

  3. 3 :  a gradual passing from one tint or shade to another

  4. 4 :  the act or process of grading

  5. 5 :  ablaut

gradational

play \grā-ˈdā-shnəl, -shə-nəl, grə-\ adjective

gradationally

adverb

Did You Know?

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

see 1grade


First Known Use: 1549


GRADATION Defined for English Language Learners

gradation

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noun gra·da·tion \grā-ˈdā-shən, grə-\

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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