- 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
Related formsgrad·u·al·ly, adverbgrad·u·al·ness, nounun·grad·u·al, adjectiveun·grad·u·al·ly, adverb
Examples from the Web for gradually
The Butterbrief, issued by Pope Innocent VIII, was a turning point for the then bland Stollen, which gradually became sweeter.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts|Molly Hannon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the last few years, however, Spahn gradually began to notice changes in Ruby Pearl.
The email exchanges started out as cordial, if cold, but gradually grew more confrontational.
Even as President Obama has avoided getting the military more involved in Iraq, the mission has gradually expanded.Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq?|Ford Sypher|September 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
New Orleanians loved the frilly, pale lavender flowers and gradually planted them as decorations around the city in garden ponds.Lake Bacon: The Story of The Man Who Wanted Us to Eat Mississippi Hippos|Jon Mooallem|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The mystery was gradually being cleared up; the complications unravelled; and he saw things in a new light.The Weird of the Wentworths, Vol. 2|Johannes Scotus
The magician became silent, the incense was condensed and assumed a reddish tint which gradually became more and more diffused.The Magic of the Middle Ages|Viktor Rydberg
As the wealth of the leading planters increased they gradually surrounded themselves with elegant homes and sumptuous furnishings.Patrician and Plebeian|Thomas J. Wertenbaker
The recording point will in this manner be gently pressed against the glass plate, marking the dot, and then gradually set free.Life Movements in Plants|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
I solemnly believe that we are facing another crisis in our history; it is slowly, gradually, inevitably and surely approaching.The Modern Ku Klux Klan|Henry Peck Fry
British Dictionary definitions for gradually
- 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