gradation [grey-dey-shuh n] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun any process or change taking place through a series of stages, by degrees, or in a gradual manner. a stage, degree, or grade in such a series. the passing of one tint or shade of color to another, or one surface to another, by very small degrees, as in painting or sculpture. the act of grading. ablaut. Geology. the leveling of a land surface, resulting from the concerted action of erosion and deposition.

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  • Origin of gradation First recorded in 1530–40, gradation is from the Latin word gradātiōn- (stem of gradātiō). See grade, -ation Related formsgra·da·tion·al, adjectivegra·da·tion·al·ly, adverbre·gra·da·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Related Words for gradations nuance, calibration, point, grade, series, rank, measurement, mark, scale, sequence, arrangement, modification, degree, divergence, variation, distinction, difference, change, stage, progression Examples from the Web for gradations Contemporary Examples of gradations

  • In this mood, Democrats may care a lot more about toughness and combativeness than about minute gradations of progressiveness.

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  • Historical Examples of gradations

  • This good is now to be exhibited to us under various aspects and gradations.



  • The gradations and brilliancy of these feather pictures are said to have been marvelous.

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  • These are three powers or gradations of the Roots of Language.

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  • The gradations cannot, however, be made strictly according to value.

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  • Beneath his sceptre all gradations and conditions of rank disappear.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for gradations gradation noun a series of systematic stages; gradual progression (often plural) a stage or degree in such a series or progression the act or process of arranging or forming in stages, grades, etc, or of progressing evenly (in painting, drawing, or sculpture) transition from one colour, tone, or surface to another through a series of very slight changes linguistics any change in the quality or length of a vowel within a word indicating certain distinctions, such as inflectional or tense differentiationsSee ablaut geology the natural levelling of land as a result of the building up or wearing down of pre-existing formations Derived Formsgradational, adjectivegradationally, adverb 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 gradations gradation n.

    1530s, “climax,” from Middle French gradation (16c.) and directly from Latin gradationem (nominative gradatio) “ascent by steps, a climax,” noun of action from gradus “step, degree” (see grade). Meaning “gradual change” is from 1540s. Related: Gradational.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper gradations in Science gradation [grā-dā′shən] 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. The proportion of particles (such as sand grains) of a given size within a sample of particulate material, such as soil or sandstone. The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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