- any process or change taking place through a series of stages, by degrees, or in a gradual manner.
- a stage, degree, or grade in such a series.
- the passing of one tint or shade of color to another, or one surface to another, by very small degrees, as in painting or sculpture.
- the act of grading.
- Geology. the leveling of a land surface, resulting from the concerted action of erosion and deposition.
Origin of gradation
Related Words for gradationsnuance, calibration, point, grade, series, rank, measurement, mark, scale, sequence, arrangement, modification, degree, divergence, variation, distinction, difference, change, stage, progression
Examples from the Web for gradations
Contemporary Examples of gradations
In this mood, Democrats may care a lot more about toughness and combativeness than about minute gradations of progressiveness.How Obama is Setting the Stage for Hillary in 2016
September 15, 2013
Historical Examples of gradations
This good is now to be exhibited to us under various aspects and gradations.Philebus
The gradations and brilliancy of these feather pictures are said to have been marvelous.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
These are three powers or gradations of the Roots of Language.
The gradations cannot, however, be made strictly according to value.Up To Date Business
Beneath his sceptre all gradations and conditions of rank disappear.Louis XIV., Makers of History Series
John S. C. Abbott
- a series of systematic stages; gradual progression
- (often plural) a stage or degree in such a series or progression
- the act or process of arranging or forming in stages, grades, etc, or of progressing evenly
- (in painting, drawing, or sculpture) transition from one colour, tone, or surface to another through a series of very slight changes
- linguistics any change in the quality or length of a vowel within a word indicating certain distinctions, such as inflectional or tense differentiationsSee ablaut
- geology the natural levelling of land as a result of the building up or wearing down of pre-existing formations
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.
- The process by which land is leveled off through erosion or the transportation or deposition of sediments, especially the process by which a riverbed is brought to a level where it is just able to transport the amount of sediment delivered to it.
- The proportion of particles (such as sand grains) of a given size within a sample of particulate material, such as soil or sandstone.