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Definition of GRADATION

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Gradation \Gra*da"tion\, n., [L. gradatio: cf. F. gradation. See {Grade}.]
     1. The act of progressing by regular steps or orderly arrangement; the state of being graded or arranged in ranks; as, the gradation of castes. [1913 Webster]

     2. The act or process of bringing to a certain grade. [1913 Webster]

     3. Any degree or relative position in an order or series. [1913 Webster]

              The several gradations of the intelligent universe.
                                                    --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Fine Arts) A gradual passing from one tint to another or from a darker to a lighter shade, as in painting or drawing. [1913 Webster]

     6. (Mus.) A diatonic ascending or descending succession of chords. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Gradation \Gra*da"tion\, v. t.
     To form with gradations. [R.]
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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