Definition of gradual:
- A series of steps.
- A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass.
- An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.
- Proceeding by steps or 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.
drowsy, tardy, sluggish, regular, slack, in small stages, lingering, bit-by-bit, continuous, gradational, sloping, inert, fast, graduated, dawdling, gentle, dull, rise, gradatory, inactive, dilatory, delaying, piecemeal, step-by-step, easy, stepwise, procrastinating, deliberate, slow.
Such a position involves a certain superiority of attitude and cannot be very clearly distinguished from protection; and protection is apt to merge by gradual steps, often only half perceived and not deliberately intended, into Protectorate.- "South America and the War", F. A. Kirkpatrick.
- "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.
- "The Redemption of David Corson", Charles Frederic Goss.