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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gradient  \Gra"di*ent\,  n. 
  1.  The  rate  of  regular  or  graded  ascent  or  descent  in  a  road; 
  grade. 
 
  2.  A  part  of  a  road  which  slopes  upward  or  downward;  a 
  portion  of  a  way  not  level;  a  grade. 
 
  3.  The  rate  of  increase  or  decrease  of  a  variable  magnitude, 
  or  the  curve  which  represents  it  as  a  thermometric 
  gradient. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gradient  \Gra"di*ent\,  a.  [L.  gradiens,  p.  pr  of  gradi  to  step, 
  to  go  See  {Grade}.] 
  1.  Moving  by  steps;  walking;  as  gradient  automata. 
  --Wilkins. 
 
  2.  Rising  or  descending  by  regular  degrees  of  inclination; 
  as  the  gradient  line  of  a  railroad. 
 
  3.  Adapted  for  walking,  as  the  feet  of  certain  birds. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gradient 
  n  1:  a  graded  change  in  the  magnitude  of  some  physical  quantity 
  or  dimension 
  2:  the  property  possessed  by  a  line  or  surface  that  departs 
  from  the  horizontal  [syn:  {slope}] 




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