Gradation meaning

grā-dā'shən
A gradual or barely perceptible change from one tone or shade, as of color, to another.
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The act or process of forming or arranging in grades, stages, or steps.
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A gradual change by steps or stages from one condition, quality, etc. to another.
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A gradual shading of one tint, tone, or color into another.
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The act of gradating or arranging in grades.
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A step, stage, or degree in a graded series; transitional stage.

The many gradations between good and bad.

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The process of wearing away high areas of land by erosion and building up low areas by deposition.
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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.
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The proportion of particles (such as sand grains) of a given size within a sample of particulate material, such as soil or sandstone.
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A sequence of gradual, successive stages; a systematic progression.
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A passing by small degrees from one tone or shade, as of color, to another. See Synonyms at nuance.
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The act of gradating or arranging in grades.
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Any degree or relative position in an order or series.
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(countable) A calibration marking.
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(music) A gradual change within one parameter, or an overlapping of two blocks of sound.
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(phonetics) Apophony.
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To form with gradations.
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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.

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Origin of gradation

  • Latin gradātiō gradātiōn- from gradus step grade
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition