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gradation


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gradation  \Gra*da"tion\,  n.,  [L.  gradatio:  cf  F.  gradation.  See 
  {Grade}.] 
  1.  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.  The  act  or  process  of  bringing  to  a  certain  grade. 
 
  3.  Any  degree  or  relative  position  in  an  order  or  series. 
 
  The  several  gradations  of  the  intelligent  universe. 
  --I.  Taylor. 
 
  4.  (Fine  Arts)  A  gradual  passing  from  one  tint  to  another  or 
  from  a  darker  to  a  lighter  shade,  as  in  painting  or 
  drawing. 
 
  6.  (Mus.)  A  diatonic  ascending  or  descending  succession  of 
  chords. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gradation  \Gra*da"tion\,  v.  t. 
  To  form  with  gradations.  [R.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gradation 
  n  1:  relative  position  in  a  graded  series:  "always  a  step 
  behind";  "subtle  gradations  in  color";  "keep  in  step 
  with  the  fashions"  [syn:  {step}] 
  2:  a  vowel  whose  quality  or  length  is  changed  to  indicate 
  linguistic  distinctions  (such  as  sing  sang  sung  song) 
  [syn:  {ablaut}] 
  3:  the  act  of  arranging  in  grades  [syn:  {graduation}] 




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