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.
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.