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  • n. Plural form of gradation.


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  • Partly by familiar knowledge and partly by the consciousness of certain gradations in the darkness as she became used to it, she had got forward on her way until she had reached the head of the loch where the water was a guide to her.

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago

  • Is the “spectrum of personality types” – I like the suggestion that maybe personalities are analog, not digital, but I bet the proponents don’t believe in gradations – between Neuroticism (Woody Allen) to Conscientiousness – not the Dude, man.

    mjh's blog — 2010 — January

  • At all events, no line has ever been drawn between the conscious and the unconscious; for the vegetable shades into the animal by such fine gradations, that is impossible to say where the one ends and the other begins.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2

  • There are therefore three "gradations" in magnetic sleep as described in the 1813 Ages: a simplification of the six stages outlined in C.A.F. Klüge's 1811 textbook on the subject, which culminate in "Universal Clarity" or the "removal of veils of time and space," such that "the subject perceives things hidden in the past [and] future"

    'The Abyss of the Past': Psychoanalysis in Schelling's Ages of the World (1815)

  • Other than by sheer judicial fiat, I can fathom no textual rationale for "gradations" of first amendment freedoms.

    Libertarian Blog Place

  • I wrote about meeting Deborah Ball a while back, she taught me that like any profession, there are objective, clear, and assessable gradations of attainment in teaching proficiency.


  • The Harvard-MIT chip's transistor connections are not digital on/off but analog, with gradations that act like the ion channels.

    Week in Ideas: Christopher Shea

  • While most of us can really see about one million different colors and gradations, these freaks of nature can see well over 100 million!

    Five Superpowers People Can Really Have | myFiveBest

  • Mom had fine gradations of response from, When did you last wear that, Daddy?

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • Abbado's interpretation was remarkable for its subtle gradations of tension, and avoidance of anything that smacked remotely of religiosity.

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra – review


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