American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To pass imperceptibly from one degree, shade, or tone to another.
- v. To cause to pass imperceptibly from one degree, shade, or tone to another.
- v. To arrange in or according to grades.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause to pass by insensible degrees, as from one tint of color, or from one light or dark tone, to another.
- To effect gradation, as of color.
- In chem., to bring (a solution) to a desired degree of concentration.
- Arranged serially according to size, as the whorls of a gastropod shell.
- v. To change imperceptibly from one gradation of tone etc. to another
- v. To arrange in order of grades
- v. chemistry To bring to a certain strength or grade of concentration.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To grade or arrange (parts in a whole, colors in painting, etc.), so that they shall harmonize.
- v. (Chem.) To bring to a certain strength or grade of concentration.
- v. arrange according to grades
- v. pass imperceptibly from one degree, shade, or tone into another
- Back-formation from gradation. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“MR. MCCURRY: We kind of gradate the way we do this and we're at the senior advisers recommend veto level at this point.”
“Well, lets see: tons of post-gradate education; years of experience as a park ranger and biology teacher; extensive familiarity with hundreds of problematic exotic species; an outdoors nut; tough as nails; tons of public speaking experience.”
“Newton observed that the hues gradate smoothly into each other.”
“My question is, do they gradate at equal strengths along the way?”
“I know that the tones would appear to gradate from white to black, if I started at yellow, and made my way to violet.”
“My wife (Virginia) and I met at the University of Michigan, spent the first year of our marriage in Belfast, Northern Ireland, spent a year in North Carolina, and started having children when I was in gradate school at Princeton.”
“The reflected colors softly gradate from greens on the left to reds on the right.”
“I applied to the International Women's Club in Sofia to provide a transition home for orphans once they gradate.”
“She also attended the University of Zagreb as a gradate student through a program sponsored by the Oregon State System of Higher Education and later, in a mid-career program, she completed a year of graduate work in systems analysis at M.I.T. Ms. Lino speaks Italian, French, Spanish,”
“From this point the dark and light masses gradate in different directions until they merge above the ships 'sails.”
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