Gradation may refer to:

  • Ordering by some type of grade
  • Gradation (music)
  • Gradation in color, a gradual change between hues, tones, or shades
  • Calibration markings
  • Apophony or ablaut, in linguistics, often involving the gradation of vowels
  • Consonant gradation
  • Comparison (grammar), the gradation of adjectives and adverbs
  • Production of a graded algebra

Famous quotes containing the word gradation:

    The mastery of one’s phonemes may be compared to the violinist’s mastery of fingering. The violin string lends itself to a continuous gradation of tones, but the musician learns the discrete intervals at which to stop the string in order to play the conventional notes. We sound our phonemes like poor violinists, approximating each time to a fancied norm, and we receive our neighbor’s renderings indulgently, mentally rectifying the more glaring inaccuracies.
    W.V. Quine (b. 1908)

    Atheism..., that bugbear of women and fools, is the very top and perfection of free-thinking. It is the grand arcanum to which a true genius naturally riseth, by a certain climax or gradation of thought, and without which he can never possess his soul in absolute liberty and repose.
    George Berkeley (1685–1753)