- When a mountain loses incline over a very large space so there are no steep drop-offs, this is an example of a gradual decline.
- When your health very slowly starts to get better over time, this is an example of gradual improvement.
The definition of gradual is something that changes or progresses slowly or over time.
taking place by almost imperceptible steps or degrees; developing little by little, not sharply or suddenly
Origin of gradualMedieval Latin gradualis ; from Classical Latin gradus: see grade
- a set of usually Scriptural verses following the Epistle at Mass
- an official book containing the words and musical notation for the parts of the Mass sung by participants other than the celebrantin full Gra·du·a′le Ro·ma′num
Origin of gradualML graduale, book of hymns orig. sung on steps of a pulpit < L gradus
Occurring or developing slowly or by small increments: gradual erosion; a gradual slope.
nounRoman Catholic Church
- The liturgical book containing the chants for the Mass.
- A biblical text sung between the Epistle and the Gospel of the Mass.
Origin of gradualMiddle English, having steps, from Medieval Latin gradualis, from Latin gradus, step; see grade. N., Middle English, from Medieval Latin graduale, the part of the service sung by the choir from the altar steps, gradual, from neuter sing. of gradualis.
(comparative more gradual, superlative most gradual)
- (Roman Catholic Church) An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.
- (Roman Catholic Church) A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass.