- an antiphon sung between the Epistle and the Gospel in the Eucharistic service.
- a book containing the words and music of the parts of the liturgy that are sung by the choir.
Origin of gradual
Examples from the Web for gradual
Utilizing fear, or taking a reasoned approach to gradual, incremental change?Jon Stewart Talks ‘Rosewater’ and the ‘Chickensh-t’ Democrats’ Midterm Massacre|Marlow Stern|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now 88 senators are urging the Obama administration to take a very different approach to the group: gradual regime change.
Tshering is in favor of growth, he says, but a “gradual one and spread throughout the year.”
It also traces his days as a juvenile delinquent, and gradual rise up the R&B charts.‘Get On Up’ Star Chadwick Boseman on Becoming James Brown—With A Little Help From Mick Jagger|Marlow Stern|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That sounds small, but the buildup of Hezbollah forces in Syria was gradual, too.
The English newspaper, like many other great inventions, was a thing of gradual growth.The Pictorial Press|Mason Jackson
This man made money so easily that he despised the slow, gradual building up of an immense fortune.The Golden Butterfly|Walter Besant
The process is gradual but sure, and the record will compare favourably with that of any other comparable country.
It would probably be gradual and progressive—at first simple, and later more complex and complete.Facts and fancies in modern science|John William Dawson
The gradual weakening or loss of elastic force of the hairspring is also a factor to be considered.Rules and Practice for Adjusting Watches|Walter J. Kleinlein
British Dictionary definitions for gradual
- an antiphon or group of several antiphons, usually from the Psalms, sung or recited immediately after the epistle at Mass
- a book of plainsong containing the words and music of the parts of the Mass that are sung by the cantors and choir
Word Origin for gradual
Word Origin and History for gradual
early 15c., "having steps or ridges," from Medieval Latin gradualis, from Latin gradus "step" (see grade). Meaning "arranged by degrees" is from 1540s; that of "taking place by degrees" is from 1690s.