Definitions for gradualˈgrædʒ u əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

grad•u•al*ˈgrædʒ u əl(adj.)

  1. taking place, changing, moving, etc., by small degrees or little by little:

    gradual improvement.

  2. rising or descending at an even, moderate inclination:

    a gradual slope.

  3. (n.)an antiphon sung between the Epistle and the Gospel in the Eucharistic service. a book containing the words and music of the parts of the liturgy that are sung by the choir.

    Category: Religion

* Syn: See slow.

Origin of gradual:

1375–1425; late ME < ML graduālis pertaining to steps, graduāle the part of the service sung as the choir stood on the altar steps = L gradu(s) step, grade+-ālis -al1

grad′u•al•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gradual(adj)

    (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass

  2. gradual(adj)

    proceeding in small stages

    "a gradual increase in prices"

  3. gradual(adj)

    (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt

    "a gradual slope"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. gradual(adjective)ˈgrædʒ u əl

    ≠ rapid

    a gradual improvement in her condition

Wiktionary

  1. gradual(Noun)

    An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.

  2. gradual(Noun)

    A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass.

  3. gradual(Adjective)

    Proceeding by steps or small degrees; advancing step by step, as in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly progressive; slow; as, a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual decline.

  4. Origin: From gradualis, from gradus, from gʰradʰ-. Cognate with 03320342033903380343, Gritt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gradual(noun)

    proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing, step by step, as in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly progressive; slow; as, a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual decline

  2. Gradual(noun)

    an antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps

  3. Gradual(noun)

    a service book containing the musical portions of the Mass

  4. Gradual(noun)

    a series of steps

Freebase

  1. Gradual

    The Gradual is a chant or hymn in the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist for many Christian denominations. In the Tridentine Mass it was and is sung after the reading or chanting of the Epistle and before the Alleluia, or, during penitential seasons, before the Tract. In the Mass of Paul VI the gradual corresponds to the Responsorial Psalm. There is the option to replace this psalm with the gradual, but its use is extremely rare. It is part of the Proper of the Mass. Gradual can also refer to a book collecting all the musical items of the Mass. The official such book for the Roman Rite is the Roman Gradual. Other such books include the Dominican Gradual.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'gradual' in Adjectives Frequency: #994


Translations for gradual

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

gradual(adjective)

happening gently and slowly

a gradual rise in temperature.

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