|1.||[ noun ] (linguistics,phonetics) a vowel whose quality or length is changed to indicate linguistic distinctions (such as sing sang sung song)|
|2.||[ noun ] relative position in a graded series|
: "always a step behind" "subtle gradations in color" "keep in step with the fashions"
|Related terms:||rank cut gradate|
|3.||[ noun ] (linguistics,phonetics) a degree of ablaut|
|4.||[ noun ] the act of arranging in grades|
|Related terms:||quantification shading gradate grade|