What does gradation mean?

Definitions for gradationgreɪˈdeɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word gradation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gradation, step(noun)

    relative position in a graded series

    "always a step behind"; "subtle gradations in color"; "keep in step with the fashions"

  2. grade, gradation(noun)

    a degree of ablaut

  3. gradation, graduation(noun)

    the act of arranging in grades


  1. gradation(Noun)

    A sequence of gradual, successive stages; a systematic progression.

  2. gradation(Noun)

    A passing by small degrees from one tone or shade, as of color, to another. See Synonyms at nuance.

  3. gradation(Noun)

    The act of gradating or arranging in grades.

  4. gradation(Noun)

    A gradual change within one parameter, or an overlapping of two blocks of sound.

  5. gradation(Noun)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Gradation(noun)

    the act of progressing by regular steps or orderly arrangement; the state of being graded or arranged in ranks; as, the gradation of castes

  2. Gradation(noun)

    the act or process of bringing to a certain grade

  3. Gradation(noun)

    any degree or relative position in an order or series

  4. Gradation(noun)

    a gradual passing from one tint to another or from a darker to a lighter shade, as in painting or drawing

  5. Gradation(noun)

    a diatonic ascending or descending succession of chords

  6. Gradation(verb)

    to form with gradations

  7. Origin: [L. gradatio: cf. F. gradation. See Grade.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gradation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gradation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Stephen Jay Gould:

    “The literal record was not a hopelessly and imperfect fraction of truly insensible gradation within large populations but an accurate reflection of the actual process identified by evolutionists as the chief motor of biological change. The theory of punctuated equilibrium was, in its initial formulation, little more than this insight adumbrated.”

Images & Illustrations of gradation

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Translations for gradation

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  • последовательность, переходRussian

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