gradatory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj gradatory taking place by degrees
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gradatory (Arch) A series of steps from a cloister into a church.
    • Gradatory Proceeding step by step, or by gradations; gradual. "Could we have seen [Macbeth's] crimes darkening on their progress . . . could this gradatory apostasy have been shown us."
    • Gradatory (Zoöl) Suitable for walking; -- said of the limbs of an animal when adapted for walking on land.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gradatory Proceeding step by step; gradual.
    • gradatory Suitable or adapted for progression or forward motion: an epithet formerly applied to the extremities of a quadruped which arc equal or nearly so, and adapted for ordinary progression on dry land.
    • n gradatory In eccles. arch., a series of steps from the cloisters into the church.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Gradatory proceeding step by step, adapted for walking or forward movement
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LL. gradatarium,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. gradus, a step—gradi, to step.