Usage examples for gradual

  1. But, without further illustration, the common origin and gradual differentiation of Dancing, Poetry, and Music will be sufficiently manifest. – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer
  2. Such a position involves a certain superiority of attitude and cannot be very clearly distinguished from protection; and protection is apt to merge by gradual steps, often only half perceived and not deliberately intended, into Protectorate. – South America and the War by F. A. Kirkpatrick
  3. At last the poor woman announced the gradual failure of her strength, and during the short time she was allowed to remain with her husband, expressed good wishes and prayers for him and her children. – The Romance of Old New England Rooftrees by Mary Caroline Crawford
  4. There has been a gradual increase in their number. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis
  5. My oldest sister is busy every day in making drawings for me to illustrate their gradual development. – Louis Agassiz: His Life and Correspondence by Louis Agassiz
  6. If you're goin' to start in and be divilish in your old age, why, do it kind of gradual – The Depot Master by Joseph C. Lincoln
  7. The coming about, however, proved to be a long and gradual process. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  8. This increase has been gradual but is highly significant. – Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia by Maturin M. Ballou
  9. One tactful person of this kind, whose gradual unfolding" was watched with much amusement and wonder by her acquaintances, avoided all these errors by going in early for a " dear friend." – Worldly Ways and Byways by Eliot Gregory
  10. These Homes receive ten shillings a week for the care of each inmate confided to them by the State, and the time spent there is used as a gradual course of preparation for the re- entrance of these unfortunate people into ordinary life. – Crime and Its Causes by William Douglas Morrison
  11. For, by this time, with the gradual development and improvement of clock machinery, it was possible to make grandfather, or long- case, clocks that kept excellent time. – Christopher and the Clockmakers by Sara Ware Bassett
  12. This power, the power of perception, is a gradual development. – The Mind and Its Education by George Herbert Betts
  13. He watched, helplessly, the gradual breaking of the dawn, knowing that he had not slept a moment and feeling that he must have this physical ill to bear in addition to the mental one which already weighed him down to the earth. – Two Boys and a Fortune by Matthew White, Jr.
  14. Here a gradual passage takes place from one set of species to another. – The Student's Elements of Geology by Sir Charles Lyell
  15. It is the gradual extension of the circle of men embraced by the feelings of solidarity. – Mutual Aid A Factor of Evolution by kniaz' Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin
  16. The history of the gradual progress of the divine revelation to the human race is a marvellous study: the way in which that people were educated to become the teachers of the world is utterly different from anything which we should have devised. – Letters to His Friends by Forbes Robinson
  17. The descent was very gradual – Locusts and Wild Honey by John Burroughs
  18. Gradual changes had crept into the spirit of the party. – The Emigrant Trail by Geraldine Bonner
  19. They had been on the trail twenty days when at dusk one day they moved slowly down a wide, gradual slope toward a desert. – The Trail Horde by Charles Alden Seltzer
  20. Work up to it gradual lad; it can't be done in a day. – The Flockmaster of Poison Creek by George W. Ogden