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Meaning of GRADATION

Pronunciation:  grey'deyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of arranging in grades
  2. [n]  a vowel whose quality or length is changed to indicate linguistic distinctions (such as sing sang sung song)
  3. [n]  relative position in a graded series; "always a step behind"; "subtle gradations in color"; "keep in step with the fashions"

GRADATION is a 9 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: ablaut, graduation, step
 See Also: blending, cut, quantification, rank, shading, vowel, vowel sound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gra*da"tion\, n., [L. gradatio: cf. F. gradation. See
    1. The act of progressing by regular steps or orderly
       arrangement; the state of being graded or arranged in
       ranks; as, the gradation of castes.
    2. The act or process of bringing to a certain grade.
    3. Any degree or relative position in an order or series.
             The several gradations of the intelligent universe.
                                                   --I. Taylor.
    4. (Fine Arts) A gradual passing from one tint to another or
       from a darker to a lighter shade, as in painting or
    6. (Mus.) A diatonic ascending or descending succession of
  2. \Gra*da"tion\, v. t.
    To form with gradations. [R.]
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