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ˈgrædʒ u əlgrad·u·al

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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"

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.

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

  2. gradual(Noun)

    A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass.

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

  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.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [LL. graduale a gradual (in sense 1), fr. L. gradus step: cf. F. graduel. See Grade, and cf. Grail a gradual.]

  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

    Etymology: [LL. graduale a gradual (in sense 1), fr. L. gradus step: cf. F. graduel. See Grade, and cf. Grail a gradual.]

  3. Gradual(noun)

    a service book containing the musical portions of the Mass

    Etymology: [LL. graduale a gradual (in sense 1), fr. L. gradus step: cf. F. graduel. See Grade, and cf. Grail a gradual.]

  4. Gradual(noun)

    a series of steps

    Etymology: [LL. graduale a gradual (in sense 1), fr. L. gradus step: cf. F. graduel. See Grade, and cf. Grail a gradual.]

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gradual in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gradual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of gradual in a Sentence

  1. Marc Siegel:

    Rapid weight loss -- and especially extreme calorie restrictions accompanied by extreme exercise – [puts] a big strain on your metabolism and are bad for your health, weight loss should be more gradual. It is not surprising that when the extreme goal is removed that the body (and mind) fight back and weight is put back in a hurry.

  2. Marlene Schwartz:

    We've been seeing this sort of gradual decrease (in sugary soda sales) on the order of like 1% in a year or 2% in a year across the country.

  3. Chairman Morris Chang:

    The Internet of Things will be a gradual but undeniably positive development for semiconductors.

  4. Peter Quennell:

    However gradual the course of history, there must always be the day, even an hour and minute, when some significant action is performed for the first or last time.

  5. John Koenig:

    Your life is a highlight reel: a gradual search for a handful of memories.

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