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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Gradual \Grad"u*al"\; a. [Cf; F. graduel. See {Grade}, and cf. {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.

Creatures animate with gradual life Of growth, sense, reason, all summed up in man. --Milton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Gradual \Grad"u*al\, noun [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 WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

gradual

adjective

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}]

noun

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


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