verb (used without object), gra·dat·ed, gra·dat·ing.
verb (used with object), gra·dat·ed, gra·dat·ing.
Origin of gradate
Related formsre·gra·date, verb, re·gra·dat·ed, re·gra·dat·ing.un·gra·dat·ed, adjectiveun·gra·dat·ing, adjective
Examples from the Web for gradated
But there are cases in which a gradated tone, such as a sky, may need to be printed before the line block.Wood-Block Printing|F. Morley Fletcher
Whenever you lay on a mass of color, be sure that however large it may be, or however small, it shall be gradated.The Elements of Drawing|John Ruskin
The balance in the finest work is usually on the side of flat tones rather than on the side of gradated tones.
This is a typical Watteau composition, founded on a rhythmic play of gradated tones and gradated edges.
The right line is to the curve what monotony is to melody, and what unvaried color is to gradated color.Modern Painters, Volume IV (of V)|John Ruskin