Meaning of gradient
Pronunciation: (grā'dē-unt), [key]
- the degree of inclination, or the rate of ascent or descent, in a highway, railroad, etc.
- an inclined surface; grade; ramp.
- the rate of change with respect to distance of a variable quantity, as temperature or pressure, in the direction of maximum change.
- a curve representing such a rate of change.
- a differential operator that, operating upon a function of several variables, results in a vector the coordinates of which are the partial derivatives of the function. Abbr.: grad. Symbol: ▿
- rising or descending by regular degrees of inclination.
- progressing by walking; stepping with the feet as animals do.
- of a type suitable for walking or running, as the feet of certain birds; gressorial.
- gradient (Thesaurus)