The act of progressing by regular steps or orderly arrangement; the state of being graded or arranged in ranks; as, the gradation of castes.
- A series of gradual, successive stages; a systematic progression.
- A degree or stage in such a progression.
- A passing by barely perceptible degrees from one tone or shade, as of color, to another. See Synonyms at nuance.
- The act of gradating or arranging in grades.
- Linguistics See ablaut.