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ˈgreɪ di əntgra·di·ent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gradientnoun

    a graded change in the magnitude of some physical quantity or dimension

  2. gradient, slopenoun

    the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal

    "a five-degree gradient"


  1. Gradientnoun

    The rate of increase or decrease of a variable magnitude, or the curve which represents it; as, a thermometric gradient.4. (Chem., Biochem.) The variation of the concentration of a chemical substance in solution through some linear path; also called concentration gradient; -- usually measured in concentration units per unit distance. Concentration gradients are created naturally, e.g. by the diffusion of a substance from a point of high concentration toward regions of lower concentration within a body of liquid; in laboratory techniques they may be made artificially.


  1. gradientnoun

    A slope or incline.

  2. gradientnoun

    A rate of inclination or declination of a slope.

  3. gradientnoun

    Of a function y = f(x) or the graph of such a function, the rate of change of y with respect to x, that is, the amount by which y changes for a certain (often unit) change in x.

  4. gradientnoun

    The rate at which a physical quantity increases or decreases relative to change in a given variable, especially distance.

  5. gradientnoun

    A vector operator that maps each value of a scalar field to a vector equal to the greatest rate of change of the scalar. Notation for a scalar field u03C6: u03C6

  6. Etymology: From gradiens, present participle of gradi

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gradientadjective

    Walking; moving by steps.

    Etymology: gradiens, Latin.

    Amongst those gradient automata, that iron spider is especially remarkable, which, being but of an ordinary bigness, did creep up and down as if it had been alive. John Wilkins.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gradientadjective

    moving by steps; walking; as, gradient automata

  2. Gradientadjective

    rising or descending by regular degrees of inclination; as, the gradient line of a railroad

  3. Gradientadjective

    adapted for walking, as the feet of certain birds

  4. Gradientnoun

    the rate of regular or graded ascent or descent in a road; grade

  5. Gradientnoun

    a part of a road which slopes upward or downward; a portion of a way not level; a grade

  6. Gradientnoun

    the rate of increase or decrease of a variable magnitude, or the curve which represents it; as, a thermometric gradient

  7. Etymology: [L. gradiens, p. pr. of gradi to step, to go. See Grade.]


  1. Gradient

    In vector calculus, the gradient of a scalar field is a vector field that points in the direction of the greatest rate of increase of the scalar field, and whose magnitude is that rate of increase. In simple terms, the variation in space of any quantity can be represented by a slope. The gradient represents the steepness and direction of that slope. A generalization of the gradient for functions on a Euclidean space that have values in another Euclidean space is the Jacobian. A further generalization for a function from one Banach space to another is the Fréchet derivative.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. gradient

    The rate of inclination to horizontal expressed as a ratio, such as 1:25, indicating a one unit rise to 25 units of horizontal distance.

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  1. treading

  2. red giant

  3. redating

  4. derating

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gradient in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gradient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of gradient in a Sentence

  1. Tinggui Wang:

    A white dwarf is a very compact star, as such, close to the star, the gradient of the gravitational field can be very large.

  2. Photographer Blincoe:

    You could take a photo of a bouquet of flowers or you could spend five hours clipping the tops and arranging them by gradient, it's just a different way of looking at something that other people aren't willing to put in the time for.

  3. This British daredevil:

    The Excalibur is a very unique climbing wall, instead of being vertical, it has a high-gradient overhand to it – the structure seems almost alien.

  4. James Rubin:

    What you see is a gradient, among the groups that were flooded, they had the greatest mental health problems.

  5. Sam Lillo:

    In general, the forecasts are showing ridging with above-normal temperatures in the South, cooler to the north, and that temperature gradient enhancing the jet stream across the center of the Sam Lillo.

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