[grey-dee-uh nt] /ˈgreɪ di ənt/
the degree of inclination, or the rate of ascent or descent, in a highway, railroad, etc.
an inclined surface; grade; ramp.
Mathematics. a differential operator that, operating upon a function of several variables, results in a vector the coordinates of which are the partial derivatives of the function. Symbol: ∇.
rising or descending by regular degrees of inclination.
progressing by walking; stepping with the feet as animals do.
of a type suitable for walking or running, as the feet of certain birds; gressorial.
Also called (esp US) grade. a part of a railway, road, etc, that slopes upwards or downwards; inclination
Also called (esp US and Canadian) grade. a measure of such a slope, esp the ratio of the vertical distance between two points on the slope to the horizontal distance between them
(physics) a measure of the change of some physical quantity, such as temperature or electric potential, over a specified distance
“steep slope of a road or railroad,” 1835, principally in American English, from grade (n.) by analogy of quotient, etc. It was used 17c. as an adjective, of animals, “characterized by walking;” in that case probably from Latin gradientem, present participle of gradi “to walk.”
gradient gra·di·ent (grā’dē-ənt)
[grey-dee-en-ter] /ˈgreɪ diˌɛn tər/ noun, Surveying. 1. an instrument on a transit for measuring angles of inclination in terms of their tangents.
- Gradient post
noun 1. a small white post beside a railway line at a point where the gradient changes having arms set at angles representing the gradients
[wind] /wɪnd/ noun 1. a wind with a velocity and direction that are mathematically defined by the balanced relationship of the pressure gradient force to the centrifugal force and the Coriolis force: conceived as blowing parallel to isobars.
[grey-din; French gra-dan] /ˈgreɪ dɪn; French graˈdɛ̃/ noun, plural gradins [grey-dinz; French gra-dan] /ˈgreɪ dɪnz; French graˈdɛ̃/ (Show IPA) 1. one of a series of steps or seats raised one above another. 2. Ecclesiastical. a shelf or one of a series of shelves behind and above an altar. /ˈɡreɪdɪn/ noun 1. a ledge above or […]