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Gradual meaning

gradual - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. ( Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon ( usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass
  2. 2. Proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing, step by step, as in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly progressive; slow; as, a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual decline.
  3. 3. An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.
  4. 4. A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass.
  5. 5. A series of steps.
  6. 6. Proceeding by degrees; slow; not steep.

gradual - examples of usage

  1. And when at length they got out and found the doctor's trap awaiting them, and proceeded to get up the long and gradual incline that leads to Winstead village, he observed that the fat old pony, if he were lent for a fortnight to a butcher, would find it necessary to improve his pace. - "Prince Fortunatus", William Black.
  2. Success, which ever waits on Industry, produced a gradual, but very slow increase: perhaps a thousand years elapsed without adding half that number of houses. - "An History of Birmingham (1783)", William Hutton.
  3. I am beginning to be struck by the gradual change in my comrades. - "The Desert of Wheat", Zane Grey.
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