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ˈgrædʒ u əlgrad·u·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gradualadjective

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

  2. gradualadjective

    proceeding in small stages

    "a gradual increase in prices"

  3. gradualadjective

    (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt

    "a gradual slope"

Wiktionary

  1. gradualnoun

    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. gradualnoun

    A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass.

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

  3. gradualadjective

    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. Gradualnoun

    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. Gradualnoun

    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. Gradualnoun

    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. Gradualnoun

    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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  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. Caryn Lerman:

    It offers compelling evidence that gradual reduction should be considered to facilitate quitting.

  2. Prince William:

    The 71 days alone on the Antarctic with over 900 statute miles covered and a gradual grinding down of my physical endurance finally took its toll today, and it is with sadness that I report it is journey's end -- so close to my goal. he was a man who showed great courage and determination.

  3. Peter Hotez:

    There's been a gradual rise in the economies of all nations ... but it's leaving behind a bottom segment of society, and that bottom segment of society is who gets the neglected tropical diseases.

  4. Lee Hardman:

    They (Fed) are still on course to raise rates, but they will do that at a more gradual pace over the years ahead, a lot of people were looking for more attractive levels to buy the dollar after the recent strong moves, and the meeting provided that, so the rebound now makes perfect sense.

  5. Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer:

    Given the apparent stability of inflation expectations, there is good reason to believe that inflation will move higher as the forces holding down inflation dissipate further, with inflation low, we can probably remove accommodation at a gradual pace.

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