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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gradual  \Grad"u*al\,  n.  [LL.  graduale  a  gradual  (in  sense  1), 
  fr  L.  gradus  step:  cf  F.  graduel.  See  {Grade},  and  cf 
  {Grail}  a  gradual.] 
  1.  (R.  C.  Ch.) 
  a  An  antiphon  or  responsory  after  the  epistle,  in  the 
  Mass,  which  was  sung  on  the  steps,  or  while  the  deacon 
  ascended  the  steps. 
  b  A  service  book  containing  the  musical  portions  of  the 
  Mass. 
 
  2.  A  series  of  steps.  [Obs.]  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gradual  \Grad"u*al"\;  a.  [Cf;  F.  graduel.  See  {Grade},  and  cf 
  {Gradual},  n.] 
  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 
 
  Creatures  animate  with  gradual  life  Of  growth,  sense 
  reason,  all  summed  up  in  man.  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gradual 
  adj  1:  proceeding  in  small  stages;  "a  gradual  increase  in  prices" 
  [ant:  {sudden}] 
  2:  of  a  topographical  gradient;  not  steep  or  abrupt;  "a  gradual 
  slope"  [ant:  {steep}] 
  n  :  (Roman  Catholic)  an  antiphon  (usually  from  the  Book  of 
  Psalms)  immediately  after  the  epistle  at  Mass 




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