from The Century Dictionary.

  • Specifically, in ornithology, having the tail moderately pointed, the tail-feathers regularly decreasing in length from the center pair outward.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Marked with, or divided into, degrees; divided into grades.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Tapered; -- said of a bird's tail when the outer feathers are shortest, and the others successively longer.
  • adjective Having visible marks and numbers at vertical intervals, permitting one to estimate the quantitity of material contained; -- of vessels, most commonly those used in laboratories for containing liquids. See graduated cylinder, etc., below.
  • adjective a vessel, usually of glass, having horizontal marks upon its sides, with figures, to indicate the amount of the contents at the several levels.
  • adjective (Railroads) a combination of metallic and rubber springs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of graduate.
  • adjective obsolete In steps.
  • adjective Having a university degree; having completed training.
  • adjective Marked with graduations.
  • adjective Arranged by grade, level, degree.
  • adjective taxation Increasing in rate with the taxable base.
  • adjective ornithology Of a tail, having successively longer feathers towards the middle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective marked with or divided into degrees
  • adjective taking place by degrees


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