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Gradual

Grad´u`al´
a.1.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.
n.1.(R. C. Ch.) An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.
2.A series of steps.
Noun1.gradual - (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass
Adj.1.gradual - proceeding in small stages; "a gradual increase in prices"
Antonyms:
sudden - happening without warning or in a short space of time; "a sudden storm"; "a sudden decision"; "a sudden cure"
2.gradual - of a topographical gradient; not steep or abrupt; "a gradual slope"
Antonyms:
steep - having a sharp inclination; "the steep attic stairs"; "steep cliffs"
ambling, cautious, circumspect, claudicant, crawling, creeping, creeping like snail, dilatory, even, faltering, flagging, foot-dragging, gentle, halting, hobbled, hobbling, idle, inchmeal, indolent, lagging, languid, languorous, lazy, limping, lumbering, piecemeal, poking, poky, regular, relaxed, reluctant, sauntering, shuffling, slack, slothful, slow as death, slow as molasses, slow as slow, slow-crawling, slow-foot, slow-going, slow-legged, slow-moving, slow-paced, slow-poky, slow-running, slow-sailing, slow-stepped, snail-paced, snaillike, staggering, steady, step-by-step, strolling, tentative, toddling, tortoiselike, tottering, trudging, turtlelike, unhurried, waddling
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