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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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Based on the relationship of people to income-generating resources or assets, class becomes a relational, rather than a gradational concept.
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The gradational view enables the university to "compare the ranked economic positions of the different candidates and give the position to the qualified person with the lowest economic rank.
Allen Moyer's witty design plays with perspective by encasing the action in gradational legs and borders.
5/4) at top, clay; < 5% sub-rounded coarse fragments up to 70 mm; very sticky, very plastic, very firm; strongly developed 10-100 mm blocky breaking to crumb structure; thin waxy chocolate coloured argillans on larger aggregates and in voids and root channels; > 2%, 1-5 mm tubular pores; few 1-10 mm vertical and horizontal, fine and coarse roots; gradational, smooth boundary with large lenses and vertical channels up to 15 cm across of younger pumiceous tephra from above extending down into this horizon; rare sub-rounded stones up to 70 cm.
Rather, there is a gradational array of infrequently to permanently inundated wetlands in the Rio Grande Delta.
Change as a mode of being and the de-solidification of the physical world goes beyond locomotive and positional movement, and underscores the dynamism of the world-picture envisaged by Sadra's gradational ontology.
Ige Bolodeoku, Corporation as a Nexus of Gradational Jural (Power) Relations: A Theoretical Predicate for the Shareholder Primacy Norm, Osgoode Hall Law School.
Moreover, this gradational landscape, especially from A to C, D, or E, is the conceptual representation of what traditional Japanese grammarians referred to as "intensifying doubts" (cf.
Bounding surfaces range from sharp (grainstone) to gradational (packstone).
The gradational and uneven morphological inheritance of Byward has not been greatly sharpened by the effects of zoning, which has wide functional and height flexibility, accommodating established market uses across the area, broadly to St.