- to pass by gradual or imperceptible degrees, as one color into another.
- to cause to gradate.
- to arrange in grades.
Origin of gradate
First recorded in 1745–55; back formation from gradation
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Examples from the Web for gradated
And this, in the case of gradated colour, makes the shading softer.Art in Needlework
Lewis F. Day
It will be seen in the figure there given, that this change is not sudden, but gradated.Modern Painters, Volume IV (of V)
The brush is placed firmly on the canvas and then dragged from the point lightly away, leaving a gradated tone.
This is a typical Watteau composition, founded on a rhythmic play of gradated tones and gradated edges.
Without these steadying influences these compositions of gradated masses would be sickly and weak.
- to change or cause to change imperceptibly, as from one colour, tone, or degree to another
- (tr) to arrange in grades or ranks
Word Origin and History for gradated
1753, back-formation from gradation. Related: Gradated; gradating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper