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English definition of “gradation”

gradation

noun [C or U] uk   /ɡrəˈdeɪ.ʃən/ us    /ɡreɪ-/

gradation noun [C or U] (CHANGE)

a gradual change, or a stage in the process of change: The gradation in/of tempo in this piece of music is very subtle.

gradation noun [C or U] (MARK)

(one of) a set of marks showing units of measurement on a jug, tube, or instrument: the gradations on a ruler
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