Definitions for "Gradual"
Keywords:  epistle, sung, choir, chant, responsory
Proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing, step by step, as in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly progressive; slow; as, a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual decline.
An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.
A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass.
Keywords:  prokeimenon, see
of a topographical gradient; not steep or abrupt; "a gradual slope"
proceeding in small stages; "a gradual increase in prices"