Origin of gradation
Examples from the Web for gradation
But within that group there is a great deal of gradation—much of it tied to specific timelines within pregnancy.How Wendy Davis Became America’s Conscience on Abortion|Keli Goff|February 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The gradation and modulation of the blue, indeed, even the quality of the blue itself, are all better in the later pieces.Chats on Oriental China|J. F. Blacker
Gradation can and must also be observed in the study of the semantic aspect of a language.The Principles of Language-Study|Harold E. Palmer
Of all the nations of Europe, I know of none, save Italy, in which the characters are the same in every class and gradation.
British Dictionary definitions for gradation
Word Origin and History for gradation
1530s, "climax," from Middle French gradation (16c.) and directly from Latin gradationem (nominative gradatio) "ascent by steps, a climax," noun of action from gradus "step, degree" (see grade). Meaning "gradual change" is from 1540s. Related: Gradational.