Definition of Gradation

1. Noun. Relative position in a graded series. "Keep in step with the fashions"

Exact synonyms: Step
Specialized synonyms: Cut
Generic synonyms: Rank
Derivative terms: Gradate, Gradational, Grade, Grade

2. Noun. A degree of ablaut.
Exact synonyms: Grade
Generic synonyms: Ablaut

3. Noun. The act of arranging in grades.
Exact synonyms: Graduation
Generic synonyms: Quantification
Specialized synonyms: Blending, Shading
Derivative terms: Gradate, Gradational, Grade, Grade, Grade

Definition of Gradation

1. n. The act of progressing by regular steps or orderly arrangement; the state of being graded or arranged in ranks; as, the gradation of castes.

2. v. t. To form with gradations.

Definition of Gradation

1. Noun. A sequence of gradual, successive stages; a systematic progression. ¹

2. Noun. A passing by small degrees from one tone or shade, as of color, to another. See Synonyms at nuance. ¹

3. Noun. The act of gradating or arranging in grades. ¹

4. Noun. A calibration marking. ¹

5. Noun. (music) A gradual change within one parameter, or an overlapping of two blocks of sound. ¹

6. Noun. (context: phonetics) Apophony. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To form with gradations. ¹

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Definition of Gradation

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gradation

grad-shafranov equation
grad school
grad schools
grad student
grad students
gradable antonym
gradable opposition
gradation (current term)
grade III astrocytoma
grade II astrocytoma

Literary usage of Gradation

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1. The Professionl Training of Secondary Teachers in the United States by George Washington Andrew Luckey (1903)
"gradation OF SCHOOLS. 1. What is included under the term gradation? 2. What were some of the earliest attempts at gradation in this country? 3. ..."

2. A Handbook of Chemical Technology by Johannes Rudolf Wagner (1872)
"Drop gradation. gradation by means of the sun's rays is obviously the same ... This operation, also known as drop gradation, is carried on by means of the ..."

3. The Genesis of Art-form: An Essay in Comparative æsthetics Showing the by George Lansing Raymond (1893)
"gradation and its Relation to Principality, Central-Point, and Massing— Abruptness, Transition, and Progress — Connection between these Methods and those ..."

4. A Grammar of the German Language: Designed for a Thoro and Practical Study by George Oliver Curme (1922)
"This change of the stem-vowel in the simple tenses and the perf. part, is called gradation. Each class usually has subdivisions, differing from each other ..."

5. Pictorial Composition and the Critical Judgment of Pictures: A Handbook for by Henry Rankin Poore (1903)
"BALANCE BY gradation. gradation will be mentioned in another connection but ... gradation is the perspective of shade; and perspective we recognize as one ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Intensification and reduction can be effected only at great risk of interfering with the gradation of the image, and should never be resorted to unless it ..."

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