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English adjective: gradual

1. gradual proceeding in small stages

SamplesA gradual increase in prices.

Similarbit-by-bit, gradational, gradatory, graduated, in small stages, piecemeal, step-by-step, stepwise

See alsoslow


2. gradual (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt

SamplesA gradual slope.

Similareasy, gentle, sloping

See alsoinclined


English noun: gradual

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

Broader (hypernym)antiphon, antiphony

Domain categoryChurch of Rome, Roman Catholic, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church

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