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Borrowed from French gradation.



gradation (countable and uncountable, plural gradations)

  1. A sequence of gradual, successive stages; a systematic progression.
  2. A passing by small degrees from one tone or shade, as of color, to another.
    Synonym: nuance
    • 2019 November 21, Samanth Subramanian, “How our home delivery habit reshaped the world”, in The Guardian[1]:
      A decade ago, the British department-store chain John Lewis built itself a long warehouse, painted in gradations of sky blue.
  3. The act of gradating or arranging in grades.
  4. Any degree or relative position in an order or series.
    • 1832, [Isaac Taylor], Saturday Evening. [], London: Holdsworth and Ball, →OCLC:
      the several gradations of the intelligent universe
    • 1954 February 15, Henry E. Michelson, “The Syndrome of Lupus Erythematosus”, in Modern Medicine, volume 22, number 4, Minneapolis, Minn.: Modern Medicine Publications, Inc., page 96:
      Two distinct types of lupus erythematosus are recognized: [1] chronic or discoid, which is essentially a skin lesion, and [2] severe systemic, designated as acute. Between the two types are many gradations to which the term subacute has been applied.
  5. (countable) A calibration marking.
  6. (music) A gradual change within one parameter, or an overlapping of two blocks of sound.
  7. (music) A diatonic succession of chords.
  8. (phonetics) Ablaut.

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gradation (third-person singular simple present gradations, present participle gradationing, simple past and past participle gradationed)

  1. (transitive) To form with gradations.

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  • DeLone et. al. (Eds.) (1975). Aspects of Twentieth-Century Music. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. →ISBN.




Borrowed from Latin gradātiōnem.



gradation f (plural gradations)

  1. gradation

Usage notes[edit]

Not to be confused with graduation.

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