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Definitions of gradual

  1. (Roman Catholic) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A series of steps. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. GRADUALITY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Gradualness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. An order of steps; an ancient book of hymns, so called because some of them were chanted on the steps of the pulpit; the part of the mass between the epistle and the gospel. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. proceeding in small stages; "a gradual increase in prices" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. Proceeding by degrees; step by step; regular and shows; as, he shows a gradual improvement. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Advancing by grades or degrees: regular and slow. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Proceeding by degrees; slow; not steep. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. Proceeding by steps; moving slowly and regularly; slow. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Proceeding step by step; regular and slow. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. Advancing step by step; proceeding by degrees; regular and slow. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for gradual

  1. The coming about, however, proved to be a long and gradual process. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  2. It is the gradual extension of the circle of men embraced by the feelings of solidarity. – Mutual Aid A Factor of Evolution by kniaz' Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin
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