Definition of gradual

Definition of gradual
  1. gradual Adjective Proceeding by steps or small 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.
  2. gradual Noun An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.
  3. gradual Noun A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass.
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