- The definition of a gradation is a process of arranging in a series of stages or one step in the process.
- An example of gradation is the movement through the various grades of school.
- An example of gradation is the 5th grade in the grand scheme of schooling.
gradation definition by Webster's New World
- the act or process of forming or arranging in grades, stages, or steps
- a gradual change by steps or stages from one condition, quality, etc. to another
- a gradual shading of one tint, tone, or color into another
- a step, stage, or degree in a graded series; transitional stage: the many gradations between good and bad
- Geol. the process of wearing away high areas of land by erosion and building up low areas by deposition
- Linguis. ablautin full vowel gradation
Origin: French ; from Classical Latin gradatio ; from gradatus, having steps or grades ; from gradus: see grade
gradation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- a. A series of gradual, successive stages; a systematic progression.b. A degree or stage in such a progression.
- A passing by barely perceptible degrees from one tone or shade, as of color, to another. See Synonyms at nuance.
- The act of gradating or arranging in grades.
- Linguistics See ablaut.
Origin: Latin gradātiō, gradātiōn-, from gradus, step; see grade.
- gra·daˈtion·al adjective
- gra·daˈtion·al·ly adverb
gradation - Science Definition
- The process by which land is leveled off through erosion or the transportation or deposition of sediments, especially the process by which a riverbed is brought to a level where it is just able to transport the amount of sediment delivered to it.
- The proportion of particles (such as sand grains) of a given size within a sample of particulate material, such as soil or sandstone.