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gradual at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


gradual at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1541, from M.L. gradualis, from L. gradus "step" (see grade). ///

gradual at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

adj [Date: 1400-1500; Language: Medieval Latin; Origin: gradualis, from Latin gradus; GRADE1]//
1 happening slowly over a long period of time: → sudden// --There has been a gradual change in climate.// --the gradual decline in manufacturing industry// --Education is a gradual process.//
2 a gradual slope is not steep:

gradual at Spanish => English Of Explained:


gradual at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

68 Moby Thesaurus words for "gradual":
ambling, cautious, circumspect, claudicant, crawling, creeping,
creeping like snail, deliberate, dilatory, easy, even, faltering,
flagging, foot-dragging, gentle, halting, hobbled, hobbling, idle,
inchmeal, indolent, lagging, languid, languorous, lazy, leisurely,
limping, lumbering, moderate, piecemeal, poking, poky, regular,
relaxed, reluctant, sauntering, shuffling, slack, slothful, slow,
slow as death, slow as molasses, slow as slow, slow-crawling,
slow-foot, slow-going, slow-legged, slow-moving, slow-paced,
slow-poky, slow-running, slow-sailing, slow-stepped, sluggish,
snail-paced, snaillike, staggering, steady, step-by-step,
strolling, tentative, toddling, tortoiselike, tottering, trudging,
turtlelike, unhurried, waddling

gradual at Portuguese => English Of Explained:


gradual at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[ADJ] (Degree [Relative quantity]): comparative, relative, gradual, within the bounds, limit.

[ADV] (Degree [Relative quantity]): by degrees, gradually, inasmuch, however, howsoever, step by step, bit by bit, little by little, inch by inch, drop by degree, in some measure, to some extent.

[ADJ] (Continuity): continuous, continued, consecutive, progressive, gradual, serial, successive, immediate, unbroken, entire, linear, in a line, in a row, uninterrupted, unremitting, unrelenting, perennial, eternal, evergreen, constant.

[ADV] (Continuity): continuously, in a line, in succession, in turn, running, gradually, step by step, at a stretch, in file, in column, in single file.

gradual at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 happening slowly over a long period; not sudden:
a gradual change in the climate * Recovery from the disease is very gradual.
2 (of a slope) not steep

Gradual at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Gradual \Grad"u*al\, n. [LL. graduale a gradual (in sense 1),
fr. L. gradus step: cf. F. graduel. See {Grade}, and cf.
{Grail} a gradual.]
1. (R. C. Ch.)
(a) An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the
Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon
ascended the steps.
(b) A service book containing the musical portions of the

2. A series of steps. [Obs.] --Dryden.

Gradual \Grad"u*al"\; a. [Cf; F. graduel. See {Grade}, and cf.
{Gradual}, n.]
Proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing, step by step, as
in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly
progressive; slow; as, a gradual increase of knowledge; a
gradual decline.

Creatures animate with gradual life Of growth, sense,
reason, all summed up in man. --Milton.

gradual at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj 1: proceeding in small stages; "a gradual increase in prices"
[ant: {sudden}]
2: of a topographical gradient; not steep or abrupt; "a gradual
slope" [ant: {steep}]

n : (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book
of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass

gradual at English (WD) Of Explained:


Alternative forms

* graduall Inter: qualifier » obsolete


* Inter: audio » en-us-gradual.ogg|Audio (US)


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