1. [ noun ] (linguistics,phonetics) a vowel whose quality or length is changed to indicate linguistic distinctions (such as sing sang sung song)
Synonyms: ablaut
Related terms: vowel
2. [ noun ] relative position in a graded series
Synonyms: step

: "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
Synonyms: grade
Related terms: ablaut
4. [ noun ] the act of arranging in grades
Synonyms: graduation
Related terms: quantification shading gradate grade
Similar spelling:   gradational