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gra·da·tion

 (grā-dā′shən)
n.
1.
a. A series of gradual, successive stages or degrees: the gradation of ranks in the army.
b. One of these stages or degrees: social gradations.
2. A gradual or barely perceptible change from one tone or shade, as of color, to another. See Synonyms at nuance.
3. The act of gradating or arranging in grades.
4. Linguistics See ablaut.

[Latin gradātiō, gradātiōn-, from gradus, step; see grade.]

gra·da′tion·al adj.
gra·da′tion·al·ly adv.

gradation

(ɡrəˈdeɪʃən)
n
1. a series of systematic stages; gradual progression
2. (often plural) a stage or degree in such a series or progression
3. the act or process of arranging or forming in stages, grades, etc, or of progressing evenly
4. (Art Terms) (in painting, drawing, or sculpture) transition from one colour, tone, or surface to another through a series of very slight changes
5. (Linguistics) linguistics any change in the quality or length of a vowel within a word indicating certain distinctions, such as inflectional or tense differentiations. See ablaut
6. (Geological Science) geology the natural levelling of land as a result of the building up or wearing down of pre-existing formations
graˈdational adj
graˈdationally adv

gra•da•tion

(greɪˈdeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. a process or change taking place through a series of stages, by degrees, or gradually.
2. a stage, degree, or grade in such a series.
3. the passing of one tint or shade of color to another, or one surface to another, by very small degrees.
4. the act of grading.
5. ablaut.
6. the leveling of a land surface, resulting from the concerted action of erosion and deposition.
[1530–40; < Latin gradātiō series of steps. See grade, -ation]
gra•da′tion•al, adj.
gra•da′tion•al•ly, adv.

gra·da·tion

(grā-dā′shən)
The process by which the land is leveled off, as through the action of wind or water.

gradation

Another word for ablaut.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gradation - relative position in a graded series; "always a step behind"; "subtle gradations in color"; "keep in step with the fashions"
cut - a step on some scale; "he is a cut above the rest"
rank - relative status; "his salary was determined by his rank and seniority"
2.gradation - a degree of ablaut
ablaut - a vowel whose quality or length is changed to indicate linguistic distinctions (such as sing sang sung song)
3.gradation - the act of arranging in grades
quantification - the act of discovering or expressing the quantity of something
blending, shading - a gradation involving small or imperceptible differences between grades

gradation

noun
1. degree, level, grade, sequence, succession, series, progression TV images require subtle gradations of light and shade.
2. stage, level, position, rank, place, point, mark, step, degree, grade, measurement, notch gradations of social status small marks like the gradations on a school ruler

gradation

noun
1. The degree of vividness of a color, as when modified by the addition of black or white pigment:
2. A slight variation between nearly identical entities:
Translations
تَدَرُّجتَدْريج
odstínstupeňstupňování
bedømmefarveoverganggraduereklassificere
flokkunstigbreyting
odstupňovanie
renk farkısınıflandırmaton

gradation

[grəˈdeɪʃən] Ngradación f

gradation

[grəˈdeɪʃən] ngradation f

gradation

n
(= step, degree)Abstufung f; (= mark on thermometer etc)Gradeinteilung f; the gradations of public opinion ran from sympathy to angerdie Skala der öffentlichen Meinung reichte von Sympathie bis zu Zorn
(= gradual change)Abstufung f

gradation

[grəˈdeɪʃn] ngradazione f

grade

(greid) noun
1. one level in a scale of qualities, sizes etc. several grades of sandpaper; a high-grade ore.
2. (American) (the pupils in) a class or year at school. We're in the fifth grade now.
3. a mark for, or level in, an examination etc. He always got good grades at school.
4. (especially American) the slope of a railway etc; gradient.
verb
1. to sort into grades. to grade eggs.
2. to move through different stages. Red grades into purple as blue is added.
gradation (grəˈdeiʃən) noun
1. (one stage or degree in) a series of gradual and successive stages. There are various gradations of colour between red and purple.
2. the act or process of grading.
grader noun
(American) a person who marks exams etc.
ˈgrade school noun
(American) a primary school.
make the grade
to do as well as necessary. That new apprentice will never make the grade as a trained mechanic.
References in classic literature ?
These difficulties and objections may be classed under the following heads:- Firstly, why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms?
Every elevation of the type 'man,'" he writes in "Beyond Good and Evil", "has hitherto been the work of an aristocratic society--and so will it always be--a society believing in a long scale of gradations of rank and differences of worth among human beings.
There is no steady unretracing progress in this life; we do not advance through fixed gradations, and at the last one pause: --through infancy's unconscious spell, boyhood's thoughtless faith, adolescence' doubt (the common doom), then scepticism, then disbelief, resting at last in manhood's pondering repose of If.
look down upon her friend, so well understanding the gradations of rank below him, and be so blind to what rose above, as to fancy himself shewing no presumption in addressing her
Yet soon after, it advanced nearer, and I could see the sides of it encompassed with several gradations of galleries, and stairs, at certain intervals, to descend from one to the other.
Beyond that the tints darkened into fine gradations of ultramarine, and faded into vague obscurity.
He had hardly touched the paper with the point of his twig when a low, wild peal of laughter broke out at a measureless distance away, and growing ever louder, seemed approaching ever nearer; a soulless, heartless, and unjoyous laugh, like that of the loon, solitary by the lakeside at midnight; a laugh which culminated in an unearthly shout close at hand, then died away by slow gradations, as if the accursed being that uttered it had withdrawn over the verge of the world whence it had come.
In ancient Rome we have patricians, knights, plebeians, slaves; in the Middle Ages, feudal lords, vassals, guild-masters, journeymen, apprentices, serfs; in almost all of these classes, again, subordinate gradations.
The progress of the friendship between Catherine and Isabella was quick as its beginning had been warm, and they passed so rapidly through every gradation of increasing tenderness that there was shortly no fresh proof of it to be given to their friends or themselves.
Surely I have now got down to the lowest gradation in Arthur's affection, and discovered all the evils of his nature: if there be any further change, it must be for the better, as we become still more accustomed to each other; surely we shall find no lower depth than this.
She threw herself into my arms the very first day, and I almost owed her a grudge for having deprived me of that pleasure of gradation, of carrying the defences, one by one, which is almost as great as that of entering the place.
The most curious fact is the perfect gradation in the size of the beaks in the different species of Geospiza, from one as large as that of a hawfinch to that of a chaffinch, and (if Mr.