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[Ger.,=off-sound], in inflection, vowel variation (as in English sing, sang, sung, song) caused by former differences in syllabic accent. In a prehistoric period the corresponding inflected forms of the language (known through internal reconstruction) had
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Gradation

 

(The principle of biological perfection), a principle of the gradual development from the simple to the complex, based on the striving toward perfection found in living things; the principle was introduced by J. B. Lamarck in his theory of evolution.


Gradation

 

a stylistic device; a series of similar words or expressions (images, similes, metaphors, and so on) that gradually emphasize and increase or, on the other hand, decrease (climax and anticlimax, respectively) the sense or emotional significance. The principle of gradation may be the device in a verse composition (in lyric poetry—for example, “The east grew white ...” by F. I. Tiutchev) or plot composition (byliny [epic folk songs] or fairy tales—for example, The Little Tower Chamber). An example of stylistic climactic gradation is “I do not regret, I do not call, I do not cry” (S. A. Esenin).

gradation

[grā′dā·shən]
(geology)
The leveling of the land, or the bringing of a land surface or area to a uniform or nearly uniform grade or slope through erosion, transportation, and deposition.
Specifically, the bringing of a stream bed to a slope at which the water is just able to transport the material delivered to it.

particle-size distribution

A tabulation of the percentages of the various sizes of particles in a sample of soil or aggregate for concrete as determined by sieve analysis.

gradation

1. (in painting, drawing, or sculpture) transition from one colour, tone, or surface to another through a series of very slight changes
2. Geology the natural levelling of land as a result of the building up or wearing down of pre-existing formations
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Upper Sharp, gradational to irregular, rarely disturbed with burrowing.
(2) Objective position--distribution of people objectively on a gradational scale of economic inequality, represented mainly by income or wealth.
According to them, the Caballos formation represents the oldest Cretaceous unit deposited immediately above the Triassic-Jurassic surface and is a retro gradational sequence deposited in an estuarine environment dominated by tides (Figure 2) and it is constituted predominant by medium to fine sandstone with local coarse grained and grey mudstone interbedded with organic matter, Glauconite and Pyrite.
It should be noted that cores 19 and 20 have uniform and gradational Principle Profile Forms, respectively, and that the general increase in clay content from south to north does not match the [[sigma].sub.a] response, which generally decreases in this direction.
In this lower section, gradational soils form a minority.
Brendel, Elke, 1999, "Coherence Theory of Knowledge: A Gradational Account", Erkenntnis, vol.
consolidation--which are qualitatively gradational in nature--transition
The variable-textured diabase is gradational into an upper quartz diabase that is generally not as thick as the lower quartz diabase.
Kopili Formation is found over the Shella Formation conformably with a gradational contact.
While laying claim to offering "a more inclusive story," revisionist world history is actually founded upon two analytical contractions: a sociological one that elides or marginalizes institutional and cultural specyicities, and a temporal one that privileges the ephemeral and contingent over enduring legacies and gradational processes.
This gradational process rejoins its origin--just like a chain--in that the highest form of the political organization of freedom, the global legal system, also has repercussions on the rights of individuals.
The member includes a transgressive and regressive sequence, and is gradational with the underlying Cayboyu member in the deeper parts of the basin, but is also in local unconformity with some members in the shallower parts of the basin [7].