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[grey-duh s]
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noun, plural gra·dus·es. Music.
  1. a work consisting wholly or in part of exercises of increasing difficulty.
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Origin of gradus1

< Latin: grade, step


[grey-duh s]
noun, plural gra·dus·es.
  1. 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.
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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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noun plural -duses
  1. a book of études or other musical exercises arranged in order of increasing difficulty
  2. prosody a dictionary or textbook of prosody for use in writing Latin or Greek verse
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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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