|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; |
|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.|
|Noun||1.||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"|
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"|
steep - having a sharp inclination; "the steep attic stairs"; "steep cliffs"