gradate [grey-deyt] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN verb (used without object), gra·dat·ed, gra·dat·ing. to pass by gradual or imperceptible degrees, as one color into another. verb (used with object), gra·dat·ed, gra·dat·ing. to cause to gradate. to arrange in.
Origin of gradate First recorded in 1745–55; back formation fromRelated formsre·gra·date, verb, re·gra·dat·ed, re·gra·dat·ing.un·gra·dat·ed, adjectiveun·gra·dat·ing, adjective Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Related Words for gradated , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Examples from the Web for gradated Historical Examples of gradated
And this, in the case of gradated colour, makes the shading softer.
Lewis F. Day
It will be seen in the figure there given, that this change is not sudden, but gradated.
The brush is placed firmly on the canvas and then dragged from the point lightly away, leaving a gradated tone.
This is a typical Watteau composition, founded on a rhythmic play of gradated tones and gradated edges.
Without these steadying influences these compositions of gradated masses would be sickly and weak.
British Dictionary definitions for gradated gradate verb to change or cause to change imperceptibly, as from one colour, tone, or degree to another (tr) to arrange in grades or ranks Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for gradated gradate v.
1753, back-formation from. Related: Gradated; gradating.
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