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gradation

noun [C or U] (MARK)    /ɡrəˈdeɪ.ʃən/ US  /ɡreɪ-/
(one of) a set of marks showing units of measurement on a jug, tube, or instrument: the gradations on a rulerWeighing, measuring and counting devices
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