Definitions

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  • n. A handbook used as an aid in a difficult art or practice, specifically, a dictionary of Greek or Latin prosody used as a guide in writing of poetry in Greek or Latin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dictionary of prosody, designed as an aid in writing Greek or Latin poetry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dictionary of prosody designed as an aid in writing Greek or Latin verses.
  • n. In music, a work consisting wholly or in great part of exercises of gradually increasing difficulty.

Etymologies

From Gradus ad Parnassum (Latin, literally, a step to Parnassus), a 17th century prosody dictionary long used in British schools. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In fact, to tell the truth, it was my cribbing book, and I always kept it by me when I was writing at Athens, like a gradus, a _gradus ad

    Venetia

  • Plerique medici uno complexu perstringunt hos duos morbos, quod ex eadem causa oriantur, quodque magnitudine et modo solum distent, et alter gradus ad alterum existat.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Qui in literis maximos progressus fecerint maximis honoribus afficiuntur, secundus honoris gradus militibus assignatur, postremi ordinis mechanicis, doctorum hominum judiciis in altiorem locum quisque praesertur, et qui a plurimis approbatur, ampliores in rep. dignitates consequitur.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Theologastri (solvant modo) satis superque docti, per omnes honorum gradus evehuntur et ascendunt.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Hi gradus sicut nominibus et numero sunt diversi so also so they differ in order and merit;

    The secret to prayer; Lectio Divina (For the feast of St. Romuald, June 19)

  • Sic per gradus ad ima tenditur ... and so by steps going on to the worst. previousnext

    trinityboy Diary Entry

  • De throni quoque preciositate, quia meæ demonstrationis excellit modum, solummodo dico, singulos ascensionis gradus esse singulorum lapidum preciosorum: Primum onychis, secundum christallai, tertium iaspidis, quartum haematisti, quintum sardij, sextum cornelij.

    The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • Cuncti gradus ascendentes ad palatij aulas, et aularum cameras, et ad thalamos Camerarum sunt solidi de argento vel auro, sed et omnis stratura pauimentorum in alijs habetur ad similitudinem scacarij, vnam quadratam argenti, alteram auri, laminis valdè crassis, et in ipsis pauimentis, sunt exsculpta gesta, et historiæ diuersæ.

    The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • In cuius obuiationis loco in ascensu procliuo huius montis per multos gradus construxerunt Ecclesiam, ædificium excellens, in honorem eiusdem virginis.

    The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • Ex quo patet respiciendo ad latitudinem coeli, quæ est de polo ad polum, quod itineratio mea fuit per quartum Horizontis spheræ terræ et vltra, per quinque gradus, cum 20. minutis.

    The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville

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