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GRAD'UAL,a. Proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing step by step; passing from one step to another; regular and slow; as a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual increase of light in the morning is favorable to the eyes.

1. Proceeding by degrees in a descending line or progress; as a gradual decline.



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GRAD'UAL,a. Proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing step by step; passing from one step to another; regular and slow; as a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual increase of light in the morning is favorable to the eyes.

1. Proceeding by degrees in a descending line or progress; as a gradual decline.

GRAD'U-AL, a. [Fr. graduel, from grade.]

  1. Proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing step by step; passing from one step to another; regular and slow; as, a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual increase of light in the morning is favorable to the eyes.
  2. Proceeding by degrees in a descending line or progress; as, a gradual decline.

GRAD'U-AL, n.

  1. An order of steps. Dryden.
  2. A grail; an ancient book of hymns and prayers. Chalmers.

Grad"u*al"
  1. Proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing, step by step, as in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly progressive; slow; as, a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual decline.

    Creatures animate with gradual life
    Of growth, sense, reason, all summed up in man.
    Milton.

  2. An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.

    (b)
  3. A series of steps.

    [Obs.] Dryden.
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Gradual

GRAD'UAL,adjective Proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing step by step; passing from one step to another; regular and slow; as a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual increase of light in the morning is favorable to the eyes.

1. Proceeding by degrees in a descending line or progress; as a gradual decline.

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SUCH, a.

1. Of that kind; of the like kind. We never saw such a day; we have never had such a time as the present.

It has as before the thing to which it relates. Give your children such precepts as tend to make them wiser and better.

It is to be noted that the definitive adjective a, never precedes such, but is placed between it and the noun to which it refers; as such a man; such an honor.

2. The same that. This was the state of the kingdom at such time as the enemy landed.

3. The same as what has been mentioned.

That thou art happy, owe to God;

That thou continu'st such, owe to thyself.

4. Referring to what has been specified. I have commanded my servant to be at such a place.

5. Such and such, is used in reference to a person or place of a certain kind.

The sovereign authority may enact a law, commanding such and such an action.

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PA'LY, a. [from pale.] Pale; wanting color; used only in poetry.

1. In heraldry, divided by pales into four equal parts.

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