Usage examples for gradual

  1. The coming about, however, proved to be a long and gradual process. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Gradual changes had crept into the spirit of the party. – The Emigrant Trail by Geraldine Bonner
  10. Here a gradual passage takes place from one set of species to another. – The Student's Elements of Geology by Sir Charles Lyell
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. Work up to it gradual, lad; it can't be done in a day. – The Flockmaster of Poison Creek by George W. Ogden
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. The descent was very gradual. – Locusts and Wild Honey by John Burroughs
  17. There has been a gradual increase in their number. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis
  18. 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
  19. This power, the power of perception, is a gradual development. – The Mind and Its Education by George Herbert Betts