• (RP) IPA: /ɡɹəˈdeɪʃən/
  • (GA) IPA: /ɡɹəˈdeɪʃən/, /ˌɡɹeɪˈdeɪʃən/


  1. A sequence of gradual, successive stages; a systematic progression.
  2. A passing by small degrees from one tone or shade, as of color, to another.
    Synonyms: nuance
  3. The act of gradating or arranging in grades.
  4. Any degree or relative position in an order or series.
    • the several gradations of the intelligent universe
  5. (countable) A calibration marking.
  6. (music) A gradual change within one parameter, or an overlapping of two blocks of sound.
  7. (music) A diatonic succession of chords.
  8. (phonetics) Apophony.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: перехо́д

gradation (gradations, present participle gradationing; past and past participle gradationed)

  1. (transitive) To form with gradations.

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