Meaning of gradual

grad•u•al

Pronunciation: (graj'-ul), [key]
— adj.
  1. taking place, changing, moving, etc., by small degrees or little by little: gradual improvement in health.
  2. rising or descending at an even, moderate inclination: a gradual slope.
—n.
  1. (often cap.)
    1. an antiphon sung between the Epistle and the Gospel in the Eucharistic service.
    2. a book containing the words and music of the parts of the liturgy that are sung by the choir.
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