gradual definition

  • adjective:
    • Advancing or advancing by regular or constant levels: progressive erosion; a gradual pitch.
    • Proceeding by steps or tiny degrees; advancing step by step, as with ascent or lineage or from a single condition to some other; regularly progressive; slow; as, a gradual boost of real information; a gradual decline.
    • Proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing, thorough, as in ascent or descent or from 1 state to a different; regularly modern; sluggish
    • proceeding in little stages
    • (of a topographical gradient) perhaps not high or abrupt
  • noun:
    • Roman Catholic Church The liturgical guide containing the chants for Mass.
    • Roman Catholic Church A biblical text sung amongst the Epistle plus the Gospel of the Mass.
    • An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, into the Mass, that was sung from the actions, or while the deacon ascended the tips.
    • A service book containing the musical portions regarding the Mass.
    • An antiphon or responsory following the epistle, into the Mass, which was sung in the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.
    • a site guide containing the music portions regarding the Mass.
    • a few actions.
    • A series of tips.
    • In the Rom. Cath, Ch.: An antiphon sung after the reading of this epistle, although the book is relocated through the epistle toward gospel region of the altar: so called as it was previously sung because of the subdeacon or epistler and cantor regarding the step (gradus) of ambo or pulpit where the epistle was read.
    • An office-book formerly in use, containing the antiphons labeled as graduals, plus introits along with other antiphons, etc., associated with mass. Also known as the cantatory or cantatorium.
    • (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) right after the epistle at Mass
  • others:
    • Marked by or divided in to degrees; proceeding by organized stages or sequence; finished.
    • Moderate in degree of movement or change; proceeding with sluggish regularity; maybe not abrupt or sudden: as, a gradual rise or fall regarding the thermometer; steady improvement in wellness.

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