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  • In gradual steps.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. step by step; by little and little; by moderate advances.


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  • The friendship between himself, Keble, and Newman, romantically devoted to one another, made them triumvirs in an agitation of which the double issue became only by degrees apparent.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • And thus by degrees was lit, half – way down the spine, which is the seat of the soul, not that hard little electric light which we call brilliance, as it pops in and out upon our lips, but the more profound, subtle and subterranean glow which is the rich yellow flame of rational intercourse.

    A room of one's own

  • Belcour promised to fulfil the request of his friend, though nothing was farther from his intentions, than the least design of delivering the letter, or making Charlotte acquainted with the provision Montraville had made for her; he was bent on the complete ruin of the unhappy girl, and supposed, by reducing her to an entire dependance on him, to bring her by degrees to consent to gratify his ungenerous passion.

    Charlotte Temple, a tale of truth; reprinted from the rare first American edition (1794), over twelve hundred errors in later editions being corected, and the preface restored; with an historical and biographical introduction, bibliography, etc., by Francis W. Halsey.

  • Aphra Behn proved that money could be made by writing at the sacrifice, perhaps, of certain agreeable qualities; and so by degrees writing became not merely a sign of folly and a distracted mind, but was of practical importance.

    A room of one's own

  • Such congregations naturally desired to be under the control of some ecclesiastical authority, which could only be that of the bishop: by degrees a custom grew up which gave bishops an incontestable right to approve religious congregations, and this right received express recognition from the Constitution "Conditæ" of

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • He seemed to have a passion for smashing through big, high-grown ox-fences, and by degrees his rider came to feel that if there was nothing worse coming, the fun was not bad.

    Phineas Finn

  • Remote Egdon disappeared by degrees behind the liquid gauze.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • The two women valiantly disguised these forced excursions and countermarches as well as they could from Durbeyfield their cause, and from Abraham, and from themselves; and so they approached by degrees their own door, the head of the family bursting suddenly into his former refrain as he drew near, as if to fortify his soul at sight of the smallness of his present residence --

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • A woman may get to love by degrees — the best fire dosna flare up the soonest.

    Adam Bede

  • Thus the Cords of Government get wound up by degrees to their proper Tone.

    Robert Morris


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