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 for Gradual
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gradual \Grad"u*al\, n. [LL. graduale a gradual (in sense 1),
     fr. L. gradus step: cf. F. graduel. See Grade, and cf.
     Grail a gradual.]
     1. (R. C. Ch.)
        (a) An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the
            Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon
            ascended the steps.
        (b) A service book containing the musical portions of the
            [1913 Webster]
     2. A series of steps. [Obs.] --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gradual \Grad"u*al"\; a. [Cf; F. graduel. See Grade, and cf.
     Gradual, n.]
     Proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing, step by step, as
     in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly
     progressive; slow; as, a gradual increase of knowledge; a
     gradual decline.
     [1913 Webster]
           Creatures animate with gradual life
           Of growth, sense, reason, all summed up in man.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: proceeding in small stages; "a gradual increase in
             prices" [ant: sudden]
      2: (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt; "a gradual
         slope" [ant: steep]
      n 1: (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book
           of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  68 Moby Thesaurus words for "gradual":
     ambling, cautious, circumspect, claudicant, crawling, creeping,
     creeping like snail, deliberate, dilatory, easy, even, faltering,
     flagging, foot-dragging, gentle, halting, hobbled, hobbling, idle,
     inchmeal, indolent, lagging, languid, languorous, lazy, leisurely,
     limping, lumbering, moderate, piecemeal, poking, poky, regular,
     relaxed, reluctant, sauntering, shuffling, slack, slothful, slow,
     slow as death, slow as molasses, slow as slow, slow-crawling,
     slow-foot, slow-going, slow-legged, slow-moving, slow-paced,
     slow-poky, slow-running, slow-sailing, slow-stepped, sluggish,
     snail-paced, snaillike, staggering, steady, step-by-step,
     strolling, tentative, toddling, tortoiselike, tottering, trudging,
     turtlelike, unhurried, waddling

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