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 for gradation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gradation \Gra*da"tion\, n., [L. gradatio: cf. F. gradation. See
     Grade.]
     1. The act of progressing by regular steps or orderly
        arrangement; the state of being graded or arranged in
        ranks; as, the gradation of castes.
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     2. The act or process of bringing to a certain grade.
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     3. Any degree or relative position in an order or series.
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              The several gradations of the intelligent universe.
                                                    --I. Taylor.
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     4. (Fine Arts) A gradual passing from one tint to another or
        from a darker to a lighter shade, as in painting or
        drawing.
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     6. (Mus.) A diatonic ascending or descending succession of
        chords.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gradation \Gra*da"tion\, v. t.
     To form with gradations. [R.]
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  gradation
      n 1: relative position in a graded series; "always a step
           behind"; "subtle gradations in color"; "keep in step with
           the fashions" [syn: gradation, step]
      2: a degree of ablaut [syn: grade, gradation]
      3: the act of arranging in grades [syn: gradation,
         graduation]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  97 Moby Thesaurus words for "gradation":
     Indian file, ablaut, acoustic phonetics, array, articulation,
     articulatory phonetics, assortment, bank, betacism, buzz,
     categorization, catena, catenation, chain, chain reaction,
     chaining, change, concatenation, connection, consecution,
     continuity, continuum, course, culling, cycle, degree, descent,
     difference, distinction, divergence, drone, endless belt,
     endless round, file, filiation, gamut, grading, graduation,
     grouping, hierarchy, hum, line, lineage, modification, monotone,
     morphophonemics, mutation, nexus, nuance, orthoepy, pendulum,
     periodicity, phonetics, phonology, place, placement, plenum,
     powder train, progression, queue, range, rank, ranking, recurrence,
     reticulation, rhotacism, rotation, round, routine, row, run, scale,
     screening, selection, sequence, serial order, series, shade,
     shading, sifting, single file, sorting, sorting out, sound shift,
     spectrum, string, subordination, succession, swath, taxonomy,
     thread, tier, train, triage, umlaut, variation, windrow
  
  

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