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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.
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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
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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.
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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"
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gradual

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

adjective
1. Proceeding very slowly by degrees:
2. Not steep or abrupt:
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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
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gradual

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

adjallmählich; decline, recovery, progresslangsam; slopesanft
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gradual

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

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

adj gradual
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Con la figura per molti versi enigmatica di Rebora si sono misurate, tra ondate e riflussi di interesse, alcune tra le piu ragguardevoli voci critiche del secolo scorso, (1) e anche in virtu del graduale stratificarsi di questi contributi la presenza reboriana (almeno) nelle sezioni primonovecentesche delle storie letterarie e delle antologie poetiche e oggi data per acquisita.
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La graduale parificazione delle donne agli uomini, prima nella piccola societa familiare, poi nella piu grande societa civile e politica, e uno dei segni piu certi dell'inarrestabile cammino del genere umano verso l'eguaglianza.
Non si pensi che lo faccia adeguandosi o sposando il pensiero pacifista, il quale vorrebbe imporre la pace con eserciti soverchianti o promuoverla con il disarmo graduale. A queste utopie--osserva Jaspers--egli "contrappone un'altra utopia" (Jaspers, 1996, p.
Vellum Leaf from a Medieval Manuscript England; Early XIIIth Century Latin Text; Early Angular Gothic Script Square Gregorian Notation Gradual (Graduale) from the collection of Otto F.
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