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Usage examples for gradient

  1. A broad and smooth road, whose gentle gradient of ascent was merely sufficient to keep us level with the river bank, opened up an alluring prospect of ease and comfort. – A Holiday in the Happy Valley with Pen and Pencil by T. R. Swinburne
  2. One in twelve may be described as the natural gradient which the machine automatically makes when engine power is cut off. – The Mastery of the Air by William J. Claxton
  3. The train leapt forward, ran the gauntlet of the guns, which now filled the air with explosions, swung round the curve of the hill, ran down a steep gradient and dashed into a huge stone which awaited it on the line at a convenient spot. – London to Ladysmith via Pretoria by Winston Spencer Churchill
  4. He made up his mind to head for a gap in the trees which seemed to mark a recent land- slip, and trust to fortune that the gradient might not be too steep. – His Unknown Wife by Louis Tracy
  5. The big, up- to- date car which Colonel Menendez had placed at our disposal was surmounting a steep Surrey lane as though no gradient had existed. – Bat Wing by Sax Rohmer
  6. Streams are given a steeper gradient greater velocity, and increased energy to carry their loads and wear their beds. – The Elements of Geology by William Harmon Norton
  7. But as the weight of the elephant would force in the side if left perpendicular, one approach is always formed with such a gradient that he can reach the water with his trunk without disturbing the surrounding sand. – Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon by J. Emerson Tennent
  8. As the road drops rapidly down the valley, one is lost in amazement at the temerity of the engineers who dared to carry a railway through this seemingly impossible gorge, with its gradient of nearly 200 feet in the mile. – Among the Canadian Alps by Lawrence J. Burpee
  9. Although the Yellowstone Park area posed some difficulty for travel, a more southerly route led over South Pass at a gentle gradient only 7, 550 feet in altitude. – Shoshone-Bannock Subsistence and Society by Robert F. Murphy Yolanda Murphy
  10. The cousins Povey sounded an alarm and protest and ran in pursuit; for the gradient of King Street is, in the strict sense, steep. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  11. The gradient is 16 per 100, and the distance 547 yards. – The South of France--East Half by Charles Bertram Black
  12. Level the court carefully, so there will be no gradient or inequality in it. – Entertainments for Home, Church and School by Frederica Seeger
  13. It may have been the gradient of the hills, but somehow her gait had lost something of its buoyancy. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  14. It was a gentle down- gradient now towards the town. – Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose by Grant Allen
  15. Towards the latter the luminosity gradient is evidently more rapid than towards the former. – Colour Measurement and Mixture by W. de W. Abney
  16. The division of the former into stages had a latent rhythm that was strongly attractive; the eye followed with no little pleasure the winding slope which, by its easy gradient seemed to invite the traveller to mount to the lofty summit, where, in the extent and beauty of the view he would find so rich a reward for the gentle fatigues of the ascent. – A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1 by Georges Perrot Charles Chipiez
  17. If the teeing ground offers any choice of gradient a tee with a hanging lie should be selected, and the ball is then kept so low for the first forty or fifty yards that it is practically impossible for the wind to take it off the line, for it must be remembered that even when the wind comes dead from the front, if there is the slightest slice or pull on the ball to start with, it will be increased to a disconcerting extent before the breeze has done with it. – The Complete Golfer [1905] by Harry Vardon
  18. The method can even be used on a slight uphill gradient – Rough Stone Monuments and Their Builders by T. Eric Peet
  19. As they again turned a curve of the grade Corona, who was on the inside, looked up and caught sight of Gouache's motionless figure at the opposite extremity of the gradient they had just descended. – Saracinesca by F. Marion Crawford
  20. The passage was narrow and but faintly lighted; it bent to the right with a circular sweep as though it skirted the inner circumference of the building; still curving, it sank by a gentle gradient and then it rose again and turned almost at right angles. – Tales of Fantasy and Fact by Brander Matthews