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gradus1

[grey-duh s] /ˈgreɪ dəs/
noun, plural graduses. Music.
1.
a work consisting wholly or in part of exercises of increasing difficulty.
Origin
< Latin: grade, step

gradus2

[grey-duh s] /ˈgreɪ dəs/
noun, plural graduses.
1.
a dictionary of prosody, especially one that gives word quantities and poetic phrases and that is intended to aid students in the writing of Latin and Greek verse.
Origin
1755-65; after Gradus ad Parnassum (a step to Parnassus), Latin title of a dictionary of prosody much used in English public schools during the 18th and 19th centuries
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British Dictionary definitions for gradus

gradus

/ˈɡreɪdəs/
noun (pl) -duses
1.
a book of études or other musical exercises arranged in order of increasing difficulty
2.
(prosody) a dictionary or textbook of prosody for use in writing Latin or Greek verse
Word Origin
C18: shortened from Latin Gradus ad Parnassum a step towards Parnassus, a dictionary of prosody used in the 18th and 19th centuries
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a dictionary of Greek or Latin prosody and poetic phrases used as an aid in the writing of verse in Greek or Latin. The term is derived from the Gradus ad Parnassum ("A Step to Parnassus"), a 17th-century prosody dictionary long used in British schools.

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