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grad·u·al

 (grăj′o͞o-əl)
adj.
Occurring or developing slowly or by small increments: gradual erosion; a gradual slope.
n. Roman Catholic Church
1. The liturgical book containing the chants for the Mass.
2. A biblical text sung between the Epistle and the Gospel of the Mass.

[Middle English, having steps, from Medieval Latin graduālis, from Latin gradus, step; see grade. N., Middle English, from Medieval Latin graduāle, the part of the service sung by the choir from the altar steps, gradual, from neuter sing. of graduālis.]

grad′u·al·ly adv.
grad′u·al·ness n.

gradual

(ˈɡrædjʊəl)
adj
1. occurring, developing, moving, etc, in small stages: a gradual improvement in health.
2. not steep or abrupt: a gradual slope.
n
(Roman Catholic Church) (often capital) Christianity
a. an antiphon or group of several antiphons, usually from the Psalms, sung or recited immediately after the epistle at Mass
b. a book of plainsong containing the words and music of the parts of the Mass that are sung by the cantors and choir
[C16: from Medieval Latin graduālis relating to steps, from Latin gradus a step]
ˈgradually adv
ˈgradualness n

grad•u•al

(ˈgrædʒ u əl)

adj.
1. taking place, changing, moving, etc., by small degrees or little by little: gradual improvement.
2. rising or descending at an even, moderate inclination: a gradual slope.
n.
3.
a. an antiphon sung between the Epistle and the Gospel in the Eucharistic service.
b. a book containing the words and music of the parts of the liturgy that are sung by the choir.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin graduālis pertaining to steps, graduāle the part of the service sung as the choir stood on the altar steps = Latin gradu(s) step, grade + -ālis -al1]
grad′u•al•ly, adv.
grad′u•al•ness, n.
syn: See slow.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gradual - (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass
antiphon, antiphony - a verse or song to be chanted or sung in response
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
Adj.1.gradual - proceeding in small stages; "a gradual increase in prices"
slow - not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time; "a slow walker"; "the slow lane of traffic"; "her steps were slow"; "he was slow in reacting to the news"; "slow but steady growth"
sudden - happening without warning or in a short space of time; "a sudden storm"; "a sudden decision"; "a sudden cure"
2.gradual - (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt; "a gradual slope"
inclined - at an angle to the horizontal or vertical position; "an inclined plane"
steep - having a sharp inclination; "the steep attic stairs"; "steep cliffs"

gradual

adjective steady, even, slow, regular, gentle, moderate, progressive, piecemeal, unhurried Losing weight is a gradual process.
broken, sudden, overnight, abrupt, instantaneous

gradual

adjective
1. Proceeding very slowly by degrees:
2. Not steep or abrupt:
Translations
تَدريجيتَدْرِيجيّ
postupnýstupňovitý
gradvis
asteittainenvähittäinen
postupan
fokozatos
sem òróast stig af stigi
徐々の
점진적인
laipsniškailaipsniškas
postopen
gradvis
ค่อยเป็นค่อยไป
dần dần

gradual

[ˈgrædjʊəl] ADJ
1. (= slow) [change, improvement, decline] → gradual, paulatino
2. (= not steep) [slope, incline] → suave

gradual

[ˈgrædʒuəl] adj [process, change] → graduel(le), progressif/ive

gradual

adjallmählich; decline, recovery, progresslangsam; slopesanft

gradual

[ˈgrædjʊəl] adj (change) → graduale; (slope) → dolce, lieve

gradual

(ˈgradjuəl) adjective
happening gently and slowly. a gradual rise in temperature.
ˈgradually adverb
His health is gradually improving.

gradual

تَدْرِيجيّ postupný gradvis allmählich σταδιακός gradual asteittainen graduel postupan graduale 徐々の 점진적인 geleidelijk gradvis stopniowy gradual постепенный gradvis ค่อยเป็นค่อยไป derece derece dần dần 逐渐的

gradual

adj gradual
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