gradational vs graduated what difference

what is difference between gradational and graduated



gradation +‎ -al


gradational (not comparable)

  1. By regular steps or gradations.
  2. Of or pertaining to gradation.




  1. simple past tense and past participle of graduate


graduated (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) In steps.
  2. Having a university degree; having completed training.
  3. Marked with graduations.
  4. Arranged by grade, level, degree.
    • 1888, Joseph Stevens, A Parochial History of St. Mary Bourne, with an Account of the Manor of Hurstbourne Priors, Hants, London: Whiting and Co., p 17:
      The graduated slope of the Upper Test Valley on the east, and its more abrupt embankment on the west, under which the present stream tends to cling, point clearly to river action.
  5. (taxation) Increasing in rate with the taxable base.
  6. (ornithology) Of a tail, having successively longer feathers towards the middle.

Derived terms

  • graduated cylinder


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