The gradual tightening of the Soviet noose plays out in public and private ways.
And she wanted people to witness actual labor, a gradual process, rather than fast-forwarding to the birth.
It also traces his days as a juvenile delinquent, and gradual rise up the R&B charts.
Sudden fiscal contractions are much worse for the economy and other living things than gradual winddowns.
But unlike an online survey, science is a gradual, painstaking process that generates more questions than answers.
The growth must be gradual—will be, whether we intend it or not.
From some other of the author's letters we are able to trace the gradual growth of the work.
Since that time its peculiar flora has been formed by gradual modification.
The term immediate is used in contrast with that of gradual.
Its operation is powerful, indeed, and certain, but gradual and indirect.
early 15c., "having steps or ridges," from Medieval Latin gradualis, from Latin gradus "step" (see grade). Meaning "arranged by degrees" is from 1540s; that of "taking place by degrees" is from 1690s.