- a work consisting wholly or in part of exercises of increasing difficulty.
Origin of gradus1
< Latin: grade, step
- 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 gradus2
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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Examples from the Web for gradus
Except that Gradus misses Kinbote and mortally wounds Shade.Pale Fire and the Cold War: Redefining Vladimir Nabokov’s Masterpiece
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"Of all men else at the bar, I know of no one whom I so much wish to encounter," said Gradus.The English Spy
It's very easy to be a Poet, but you must have recourse to your gradus.
The most rational progress toward Parnassus was by a gradus, or step, they said.A Nest of Linnets
Frank Frankfort Moore
These when harnessed to a “Gradus” as a break were very safe and steady.Road Scrapings: Coaches and Coaching
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Tausig was for Gradus, you know, and practiced it himself every day.Music-Study in Germany
- 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
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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