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GRADIENT

 Dictionary entry overview: What does gradient mean? 

GRADIENT (noun)
  The noun GRADIENT has 2 senses:

1. a graded change in the magnitude of some physical quantity or dimension
2. the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal

  Familiarity information: GRADIENT used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


GRADIENT (noun)


Sense 1gradient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A graded change in the magnitude of some physical quantity or dimension

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Hypernyms ("gradient" is a kind of...):

change (a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gradient"):

gravity gradient (a gradient in the gravitational forces acting on different parts of a nonspherical object)

temperature gradient (change in temperature as a function of distance (especially altitude))


Sense 2gradient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

gradient; slope

Context example:

a five-degree gradient

Hypernyms ("gradient" is a kind of...):

position; spatial relation (the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gradient"):

grade (the gradient of a slope or road or other surface)

pitch; rake; slant (degree of deviation from a horizontal plane)

abruptness; precipitousness; steepness (the property possessed by a slope that is very steep)

gentleness; gradualness (the property possessed by a slope that is very gradual)


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