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GRADUAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gradual mean? 

GRADUAL (noun)
  The noun GRADUAL has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: GRADUAL used as a noun is very rare.


GRADUAL (adjective)
  The adjective GRADUAL has 2 senses:

1. proceeding in small stages
2. (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt

  Familiarity information: GRADUAL used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


GRADUAL (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

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

antiphon; antiphony (a verse or song to be chanted or sung in response)

Domain category:

Church of Rome; Roman Catholic; Roman Catholic Church; Roman Church; Western Church (the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy)


GRADUAL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Proceeding in small stages

Context example:

a gradual increase in prices

Similar:

bit-by-bit; in small stages; piecemeal; step-by-step; stepwise (one thing at a time)

gradational; gradatory; graduated (taking place by degrees)

Also:

slow (not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time)

Antonym:

sudden (happening without warning or in a short space of time)


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Meaning:

(of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt

Context example:

a gradual slope

Similar:

easy; gentle (marked by moderate steepness)

sloping (having a slanting form or direction)

Also:

inclined (at an angle to the horizontal or vertical position)

Antonym:

steep (having a sharp inclination)


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