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.

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 drawing.

6. Mus.

A diatonic ascending or descending succession of chords.

 

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Gra*da"tion, v. t.

To form with gradations.

[R.]

 

© Webster 1913.

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