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gradus

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[ grey-duhs ]
/ ˈgreɪ dəs /
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noun, plural gra·dus·es.Music.

a work consisting wholly or in part of exercises of increasing difficulty.

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Origin of gradus

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<Latin: grade, step

Definition for gradus (2 of 2)

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[ grey-duhs ]
/ ˈgreɪ dəs /

noun, plural gra·dus·es.

a dictionary of prosody, especially one that gives word quantities and poetic phrases and that is intended to aid students in the writing of Latin and Greek verse.

Origin of gradus

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First recorded in 1755–65; after Gradus ad Parnassum (a step to Parnassus), Latin title of a dictionary of prosody much used in English public schools during the 18th and 19th centuries
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British Dictionary definitions for gradus

gradus
/ (ˈɡreɪdəs) /

noun plural -duses

a book of études or other musical exercises arranged in order of increasing difficulty
prosody a dictionary or textbook of prosody for use in writing Latin or Greek verse

Word Origin for gradus

C18: shortened from Latin Gradus ad Parnassum a step towards Parnassus, a dictionary of prosody used in the 18th and 19th centuries
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