one of a series of steps or seats raised one above another.
Ecclesiastical. a shelf or one of a series of shelves behind and above an altar.
- Also gra·dine [gruh-deen]. /grəˈdin/.
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British Dictionary definitions for gradin
a ledge above or behind an altar on which candles, a cross, or other ornaments stand
one of a set of steps or seats arranged on a slope, as in an amphitheatre
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