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Definition of gradation:

  1. A diatonic ascending or descending succession of chords.
  2. A gradual passing from one tint to another or from a darker to a lighter shade, as in painting or drawing.
  3. Any degree or relative position in an order or series.
  4. The act of progressing by regular steps or orderly arrangement; the state of being graded or arranged in ranks; as, the gradation of castes.
  5. The act or process of bringing to a certain grade.
  6. To form with gradations.

Synonyms:

measure, level, commencement exercise, imperial, installment, tier, form, geocentric, mark, hue, big, calibration, footmark, metric, class, grad, step, commencement ceremony, score, colors, footstep, factor, shade, stride, dance step, the middle, instalment, ablaut, graduation, graduation exercise, stone's throw, pace, nuance, tint, commencement, lowlights, episode, tinge, whole step, tone, stage, course, whole tone, grade, ground level, degree, footfall, scale, low point, juncture, absolute, footprint, metrication, stair.

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