gradual

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addition, gradual accretion
gradual growth accrual
gradual improvement or growth or development advancement , progress
gradual formation of new land, by recession of the sea or deposit of sediment alluvion
reduction of debt or liability in gradual manner amortization
gradual reduction of debt, liability amortization
evolution of one type of organism from another by a long series of gradual changes anamorphism , anamorphosis
gradual disappearance of an initial (usually unstressed) vowel or syllable as in `squire' for `esquire' aphesis
Bolshevik leader in Russia who advocated gradual collectivism of the farms; was executed in a purge by Stalin (1888-1938) Bukharin , Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin
glaucoma caused by blockage of the canal of Schlemm; produces gradual loss of peripheral vision chronic glaucoma , open-angle glaucoma
rare (usually fatal) brain disease (usually in middle age) caused by an unidentified slow virus; characterized by progressive dementia and gradual loss of muscle control CJD , Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease , Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease
gradual change in a trait cline
gradual movement and formation of continents (as described by plate tectonics) continental drift
illness, gradual return to health after convalescence
gradual healing (through rest) after sickness or injury convalescence , recovery , recuperation
noise, gradual increase in crescendo
loudness, gradual increase in crescendo
(music) a gradual increase in loudness crescendo
sound, gradual increase in crescendo
gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current decay , decline
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