- 1A scale or a series of successive changes, stages, or degrees: within the woodpecker family, there is a gradation of drilling abilityMore example sentences
- We found a gradation in the degree to which females selected the leader.
- In that context the Policy provides, in my view, a clear gradation of provision.
- These fossils constitute a gradation between Neandertals and modern humans, demonstrating that the distinction made by evolutionists is an artificial one.
- 1.1A stage or change in a series of successive degrees: minute gradations of distanceMore example sentences
- However, not everyone knows there are two categories of shot, with two distinct size gradations.
- The second meaning indicates gradations of quantity on thermometers or measuring cups.
- The main structure of caste remains intact with its mutually exclusive communities, its carefully regulated gradations of rank, and the ban on intermarriage which prevents any fusion of classes.
- 1.2A minute change from one shade, tone, or color to another: amorphous shapes in subtle gradations of green and blueMore example sentences
- His pictures are largely based on brown or grey schemes illuminated with vivid touches of colour, and are notable for their very subtle gradations of tone.
- Chemical photography can capture many more subtleties and gradations of colour and shade than digital.
- It can be controlled so as to give large areas of flat colour, delicate gradations, or a fine mist.
- 1.3 (in historical linguistics) another term for ablaut.
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- Brain size does seem to show a gradational increase throughout the hominin lineage, especially when body size is taken into account.
- Many people, for example, use a basically gradational concept of class to examine the different political attitudes and voting behaviors of the poor, the middle class, and the rich.
- However, larger collections may show that these features are gradational and not of specific validity.
mid 16th century: from Latin gradatio(n-), based on gradus 'step'.