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English Dictionary: gradient by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a graded change in the magnitude of some physical quantity or dimension
  2. the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal; "a five-degree gradient"
    Synonym(s): gradient, slope
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Gradient \Gra"di*ent\, a. [L. gradiens, p. pr. of gradi to step,
      to go. See {Grade}.]
      1. Moving by steps; walking; as, gradient automata.
      2. Rising or descending by regular degrees of inclination;
            as, the gradient line of a railroad.
      3. Adapted for walking, as the feet of certain birds.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Gradient \Gra"di*ent\, n.
      1. The rate of regular or graded ascent or descent in a road;
      2. A part of a road which slopes upward or downward; a
            portion of a way not level; a grade.
      3. The rate of increase or decrease of a variable magnitude,
            or the curve which represents it; as, a thermometric
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