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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 grad·u·al /ˈgræʤəwəl, ʤəl, ˈgræʤwəl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Grad·u·al a.  Proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing, step by step, as in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly progressive; slow; as, a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual decline.
 Creatures animate with gradual life
 Of growth, sense, reason, all summed up in man.   --Milton.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Grad·u·al, n.
 1. R. C. Ch. (a) An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps. (b) A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass.
 2. A series of steps. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: proceeding in small stages; "a gradual increase in prices"
             [ant: sudden]
      2: of a topographical gradient; not steep or abrupt; "a gradual
         slope" [ant: steep]
      n : (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book
          of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass