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Definitions of progression

  1. the act of moving forward toward a goal
  2. a movement forward; " he listened for the progress of the troops"
  3. a series with a definite pattern of advance
  4. The act of moving forward; a proceeding in a course; motion onward.
  5. Course; passage; lapse or process of time.
  6. Regular or proportional advance in increase or decrease of numbers; continued proportion, arithmetical, geometrical, or harmonic.
  7. A regular succession of tones or chords; the movement of the parts in harmony; the order of the modulations in a piece from key to key.
  8. The act of going forward; advancement; passage; also, lapse of time.
  9. 1. Advance. 2. The act of walking.
  10. Motion onward: progress: regular and gradual advance: increase or decrease of numbers or magnitudes according to a fixed law: ( music) a regular succession of chords or movement in harmony.
  11. PROGRESSIONAL.
  12. Progressive.
  13. The act of progressing; advancement.
  14. Progressionly.
  15. Progressionness.
  16. Motion onward; intellectual advance; course; passage; regular or proportional advance in increase or decrease of numbers; a regular succession of chords, or movement of the parts of a musical composition in harmony. Arithmetrical progression, increase by the addition or decrease by the subtraction of a constant quantity. Geometrical progression, increase by the multiplication or decrease by the division of a constant quantity.
  17. Regular and gradual advance in any sense; improvement; a proportional and regular increase or decrease in numbers or magnitudes- applied to arith. and geom. respectively; in music, a regular succession of chords, or their movement in harmony.
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Quotes of progression

  1. Not everyone likes watching rushes, but it makes me work harder, and I don't feel I am watching myself, but watching the progression of the character. – Jacqueline Bisset
  2. I became more confident within myself and matured as a person and become a little bit more opinionated- maybe the lads might say a little bit too opinionated for their liking but that is just a natural progression for a player. – Kenny Cunningham
  3. I am suffocated and lost when I have not the bright feeling of progression – Margaret Fuller
  4. The thing with Kerry is that all of this is a natural progression her troubles. It's a cycle. – Laura Innes
  5. We have arrived at that point of time in which we are forced to see our own humiliation, as a nation, and that a progression in this line cannot be a productive of happiness, private or public. – Henry Knox
  6. The progression of emancipation of any class usually, if not always, takes place through the efforts of individuals of that class. – Harriet Martineau
  7. The effectiveness of work increases according to geometric progression if there are no interruptions. – Andre Maurois
  8. Gamma was a logical progression after doing the Open Fire record. – Ronnie Montrose
  9. If bringing up the next generation is important, why aren't they the best qualified, the best paid? Why aren't we as concerned about their career progression as we are about those who work in the education or health services? – Estelle Morris
  10. I'd have these weird experiences where I'd just be walking down the street with this chord progression in my head, this happened more than a few times, and I'd walk home and find a fax in my machine and it would match the music in my head. – Duncan Sheik
  11. Hopefully, that people could see a progression in my performances because that's how it's always felt to me. – Christian Slater
  12. The progression of roles you take strings together a portrait of an actor, but it's a completely random process. – Meryl Streep
  13. Myths are a waste of time. They prevent progression – Barbra Streisand

Usage examples for progression

  1. Though the progression is irregular, yet, on the average, the inclinations decrease on approaching the Sun; and this is all we can expect. – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer
  2. A necessary piece of advice to you as a stranger, is, that, while you are dispatching your first dish, you should take care to order your second, and so on in progression to the end of the chapter: otherwise, for want of this precaution, when the company is very numerous, you may, probably, have to wait some little time between the acts, before you are served. – Paris As It Was and As It Is by Francis W. Blagdon
  3. Let us but encourage importations in the same rapid progression of increase every year, which took place in St. Domingo, and we should witness the same effect in our own islands. – The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade, by the British Parliament (1839) by Thomas Clarkson
  4. There is no need to follow, step by step, the progression by which Sylvia Joy and I, though such new acquaintances, became in the course of a day or two even more intimate than many old friends. – The Quest of the Golden Girl by Richard le Gallienne
  5. There are many large, substantial dwellings, not of the earlier type, for they were erected much later, but which illustrate the progression of the farmhouse design. – Remodeled Farmhouses by Mary H. Northend
  6. More labourers may then be employed without limit, and rent and profit together must not only increase, but increase in a geometrical progression – Letters of David Ricardo to Thomas Robert Malthus, 1810-1823 by David Ricardo
  7. The full progression of correction marched upon him and failed to make impression: arguments, orders, warnings, threats, threshings and the stoppage of funds: none of these seemed to improve him in the least. – Mary Minds Her Business by George Weston
  8. Each, lying awake, or sitting together through the evenings while Tommy drew pictures for Marchese Peppino, caught new aspects of the things which moved in progression through their memory. – The Furnace by Rose Macaulay
  9. It is enough that capitals should be formed, accumulated, multiplied; should be lent on conditions less and less burdensome; that they should descend, penetrate into every social circle, and that by an admirable progression after having liberated the lenders, they should hasten the liberation of the borrowers themselves. – Essays on Political Economy by Frederic Bastiat
  10. The emotion of horror with which I realised what this progression might mean, will be, I fear, with me to the end of my life,- not only in dreams, but too often, also, in my waking hours. – The Beetle A Mystery by Richard Marsh
  11. A month later she gives him fair warning that she has no intention of acknowledging final defeat: " For me, the ignoble experiment that Paris is attempting or is undergoing, proves nothing against the laws of the eternal progression of men and things, and, if I have gained any principles in my mind, good or bad, they are neither shattered nor changed by it. – The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters by George Sand, Gustave Flaubert Translated by A.L. McKensie
  12. It is in constant progression – Rosinante to the Road Again by John Dos Passos
  13. They have a lovely, wide concrete pavement in front of six of the stores around the public square, but no two stretches of the improvement join each other, and it makes a shopping progression around the town somewhat dangerous, on account of the sudden change of grade of the sidewalk, about every sixty feet. – The Tinder-Box by Maria Thompson Daviess
  14. It was natural that this record of the magnificence of her companion's position should strike her as, after all, the best meaning she could extract; for she herself was seated in the magnificence as in a court- carriage- she came back to that, and such a method of progression such a view from crimson cushions, would evidently have a great deal more to give. – The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 by Henry James
  15. The value of the reward was immense; for it will be seen, by calculation, that the sixty- fourth of the double progression divided by 1: 2: 4: 8: 16: 32: etc. – Entertainments for Home, Church and School by Frederica Seeger
  16. His career represents at its two poles a progression from the adventurous romanticism of his maternal heritage to the severe, wide- awake realism of the paternal- the emancipation of the Norseman from the Finn. – Essays on Scandinavian Literature by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
  17. Every season a new family of four to seven beavers have been sent out from his home to start other families, and so they have multiplied in a sort of geometrical progression until now they cover many hundreds of square miles of forest land and water. – The Chief Engineer by Henry Abbott
  18. In melodic progression all major, minor, perfect and diminished intervals are allowed except the major and minor seventh. – A Treatise on Simple Counterpoint in Forty Lessons by Friedrich J. Lehmann
  19. Even thus the rate of progression was fearfully slow, about one mile an hour, and the men were continually sinking up to their waists in snow. – With Kelly to Chitral by William George Laurence Beynon
  20. The past history of plants by no means shows a regular progression from the simple to the complex, but often the contrary. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others