Gradual


Gradual
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 Mass. [1913 Webster]

2. A series of steps. [Obs.] --Dryden. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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