gradation [grā dā′shən, grədā shən]
[Fr < L gradatio < gradatus, having steps or grades < gradus: see GRADE]
1. the act or process of forming or arranging in grades, stages, or steps
2. a gradual change by steps or stages from one condition, quality, etc. to another
3. a gradual shading of one tint, tone, or color into another
4. a step, stage, or degree in a graded series; transitional stage [the many gradations between good and bad]
5. Geol. the process of wearing away high areas of land by erosion and building up low areas by deposition
6. Linguis. ABLAUT: in full vowel gradation

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  • gradation — [ gradasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1464 rhét.; lat. gradatio; de gradus « degré » 1 ♦ (1595) Progression par degrés successifs, et le plus souvent ascendante. ⇒ accroissement, augmentation; graduer. Gradations d effets. L âme « est amenée par une gradation… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Gradation — may refer to: * Gradation (music) * Gradation in color, a gradual change between hues, tones, or shades * Consonant gradation * Ordering by some type of grade * Calibration markings * Apophony, in linguisticsee also*Degradation …   Wikipedia

  • Gradation — Gra*da tion, n., [L. gradatio: cf. F. gradation. See {Grade}.] 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. [1913 Webster] 2. The act or process of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gradation — 1530s, climax, from M.Fr. gradation (16c.) and directly from L. gradationem (nom. gradatio) ascent by steps, a climax, noun of action from gradus step, degree (see GRADE (Cf. grade)). Meaning gradual change is from 1540s. Related: Gradational …   Etymology dictionary

  • gradation — gradation, shade, nuance are comparable when they mean the difference or variation between two things that are nearly alike. Gradation in the singular implies a small difference or variation of this kind, but the term is used more frequently in… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Gradation — Gra*da tion, v. t. To form with gradations. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gradation — (v. lat.), 1) Steigerung, bes. logische G., das Aufsteigen von niederen Begriffen zu höheren od. das Absteigen von höheren zu niederen; von der grammatischen G. s. Comparation; 2) (Klimax, Rhetor.), Figur, vermöge welcher man die Glieder weniger… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Gradation — (lat.), stufenweise Erhöhung, Abstufung, Steigerung; in der Logik das Aufsteigen von niedern (konkreten) Begriffen zu höhern (abstrakten) oder das Absteigen von höhern zu niedern; in der Rhetorik die allmähliche Steigerung aneinander gereihter… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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  • Gradation — Gradation, lat. deutsch, vom lat. gradus, Schritt, die Abstufung, bezeichnet in der Logik das Aufsteigen vom niedern Begriffe zu seinem höhern oder umgekehrt das Herabsteigen vom höhern zu dem niedern. In der Rede u. Dichtkunst entspricht die G.… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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