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gradual

[graj-oo-uhl]
adjective
1.
taking place, changing, moving, etc., by small degrees or little by little: gradual improvement in health.
2.
rising or descending at an even, moderate inclination: a gradual slope.
noun
3.
Ecclesiastical, (often initial capital letter)
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.

Origin:
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, equivalent to Latin gradu(s) step, grade + -ālis -al1

gradually, adverb
gradualness, noun
ungradual, adjective
ungradually, adverb


1. See slow. 2. gentle.


1. sudden. 2. precipitous.
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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
3.  (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]
 
'gradually
 
adv
 
'gradualness
 
n

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gradual
1540s, from M.L. gradualis, from L. gradus "step" (see grade).
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