from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of a series of steps or tiered seats, as in an amphitheater.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of a series of terraced steps or seats, as in an arena or an altar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any member like a step, as the raised back of an altar or the like; a set raised over another.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a series of steps or seats raised one above another.
- n. An altar-ledge or altar-shelf; one of the steps, ledges, or shelves above and back of an altar, on which the altar-cross or crucifix, flower-vases, candlesticks, etc., are placed.
- n. A toothed chisel used by sculptors.
They're collectin 'gradin'-camp drivers an' mule-skinners all up an 'down the state.
Meantime, we can't start clearin 'or gradin' or nuthin '.
We freely admit they's a few onconsequential improvements which is possessed by some bigger an 'more notorious cities such as sidewalks, sewers, street-gradin', an 'lights that we hain't got yet.
"Looks like somebudy's been high-gradin 'this here pie."
And he can sleep longer and harder and louder than a corral of gradin 'mules on Saturday night!
Scratching his head meditatively, he said: "An 'all because av me wantin' to enjoy the blessin's an 'advantages av civilization agin afther three long months in that danged gradin' camp, as is the right av ivery healthy man wid his pay in his pocket."
And knowin 'I'd been high-gradin' on him, he kep 'this find to' imself.
They was gradin 'and choppin' out the forests ahead to continue the road.
Page 197 of Providence for settin 'the warlike talent of a Clancy to gradin' the tropics with a pick and shovel.
They sed, "Yes, Mr. Hoskins, we'll hav to do some gradin '."