gradual

Use the adjective gradual to describe something that happens slowly, bit by bit, like the gradual increase in the amount of daylight in winter.

Gradual can also apply to the gentle slope of landforms like hills. A gradual incline seems to slowly rise — you may not even realize you're walking up such a hill. Gradual comes from the Latin word gradus, which means "step." Step by step, a gradual hill climbs, while a steep hill seems to leap up into the air.

Primary Meanings of gradual

1.
adj
proceeding in small stages
2.
n
(Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass
Full Definitions of gradual
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adj proceeding in small stages

“a gradual increase in prices”
Synonyms:
slow
not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time
bit-by-bit, in small stages, piecemeal, step-by-step, stepwise
one thing at a time
gradational, gradatory, graduated
taking place by degrees
Antonyms:
sudden
happening without warning or in a short space of time
fast
acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly
abrupt
exceedingly sudden and unexpected
choppy, jerky
marked by abrupt transitions
emergent
occurring unexpectedly and requiring urgent action
explosive
sudden and loud
fulminant
sudden and severe
sharp
very sudden and in great amount or degree
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adj (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt

“a gradual slope”
Synonyms:
easy, gentle
marked by moderate steepness
sloping
having a slanting form or direction
inclined
at an angle to the horizontal or vertical position
Antonyms:
steep
having a sharp inclination
abrupt, precipitous, sharp
extremely steep
bluff, bold, sheer
very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front
heavy
sharply inclined
perpendicular
extremely steep
steepish
somewhat steep
steep-sided
having very steep sides
perpendicular, vertical
at right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base line
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n (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass

Type of:
antiphon, antiphony
a verse or song to be chanted or sung in response

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