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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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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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trickle

TRICK'LE, v.i. [allied perhaps to Gr. to run, and a diminutive.]

To flow in a small gentle stream; to run down; as, tears trickle down the cheek; water trickles from the eaves.

Fast beside there trickled softly down

A gentle stream.

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