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 Meanings and Examples of GRADUAL
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 a.  proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing, step by step, as in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly progressive
Classic Sentence: (210 in 15 pages)
1  That mysterious change is too subtle and too gradual to be measured by dates.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
2  'There's no occasion to trouble ourselves to move,' said Noah, getting his legs by gradual degrees abroad again.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XLII
3  The scene before the reddleman's eyes was a gradual series of ascents from the level of the road backward into the heart of the heath.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: 2 Humanity Appears upon the Scene, Hand in Hand with Trouble
4  This gradual sinking to the earth was, in fact, one reason why Eustacia had thought that the part of the Turkish Knight, though not the shortest, would suit her best.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 2: 5 Through the Moonlight
5  I went slowly along, puzzling about the machines, and had been too intent upon them to notice the gradual diminution of the light, until Weena's increasing apprehensions drew my attention.
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells
Context  Highlight   In VIII
6  The change had been so gradual, the flouting of one small convention seeming to have no connection with the flouting of another, and none of them any connection with Rhett.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XIII
7  The slope had always seemed so slight, so gradual, in days when she galloped up it on her fleet-footed mare.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXIV
8  It was here that her aunt received her rare confidences, and the pink-eyed smirk of the turbaned Beatrice was associated in her mind with the gradual fading of the smile from Mrs. Peniston's lips.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: Chapter 15
9  This spectacle of gradual strangulation made the youth writhe, and once as his friend rolled his eyes, he saw something in them that made him sink wailing to the ground.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 9
10  This untoward result was not reached all at once, but like other similar results, by gradual steps.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER XVIII.
11  For to effect a gradual reform requires a sagacious man who can discern mischief while it is still remote and in the germ.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER XVIII.
12  With the beginning of the abolition movement and the gradual growth of a class of free Negroes came a change.
The Souls of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois
Context  Highlight   In X
13  We all must die one day, and the illness which is removing me is not painful; it is gentle and gradual: my mind is at rest.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER IX
14  Some weeks before their death, they feel a gradual decay; but without pain.
Gulliver's Travels(V2) By Jonathan Swift
Context  Highlight   In PART 4: CHAPTER IX.
15  The glories of Mary held his soul captive: spikenard and myrrh and frankincense, symbolizing her royal lineage, her emblems, the late-flowering plant and late-blossoming tree, symbolizing the age-long gradual growth of her cultus among men.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 3
Example Sentence: (48 in 4 pages)
16  Other actions we need to take may be more difficult, and we may have to build up to them gradually.
17  We can build up the speed gradually and safely.
18  We are gradually changing over to a completely metric system.
19  The company has gradually focused on its current areas of specialization.
20  Without the founder's drive and direction, the company gradually languished.
21  Their discussion gradually rounded into a plan for ensuring safety in production.
22  As the whisky took effect, he gradually fell into a drunken stupor.
23  The new employee is gradually eased in to his work.
24  He gradually garnered a reputation as a financial expert.
25  The gas lamp gradually lost ground to electric lighting.
26  The heat gradually dissipates into the atmosphere.
27  Since the war the industry has gradually languished.
28  Language is constantly and gradually evolving.
29  Along with the time flies we grew up gradually,become increasingly miss myself benighted.
30  The British railway network has gradually been dismembered.