F. graduel. See grade.
- Proceeding by steps or small 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.
Czech: postupnÃ½ m
Spanish: paulatino m, paulatina f
LL. ''graduale a gradual' Latin. from gradis-related to gradi "to walk, step"
- (Roman Catholic Church): An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.
- (Roman Catholic Church): A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass.