# Definition of gradient

### Definitions

1. countable noun

2. countable noun [with supplement]

The gradient of a graph or series of measurements is the rate at which one set of amounts changes in relation to another. [technical]

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### Definitions

noun

1. Also called (esp US): grade a part of a railway, road, etc, that slopes upwards or downwards; inclination

2. Also called (esp US and Canadian): grade a measure of such a slope, esp the ratio of the vertical distance between two points on the slope to the horizontal distance between them

3. physics a measure of the change of some physical quantity, such as temperature or electric potential, over a specified distance

4. mathematics

a. (of a curve) the slope of the tangent at any point on a curve with respect to the horizontal axis

b. (of a function, f(x, y, z)) the vector whose components along the axes are the partial derivatives of the function with respect to each variable, and whose direction is that in which the derivative of the function has its maximum value. Usually written: grad f, ∇f or ∇f. Compare curl (sense 11), divergence (sense 4)

adjective

5. sloping uniformly

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### Word origin of 'gradient'

C19: from Latin gradiēns stepping, from gradī to go### Definitions

adjective

1. ascending or descending with a uniform slope

noun

3. Biology a gradation in rate of growth, metabolism, etc. in an organism, growing part, or developing embryo

4. Us, Ancient Mathematics a vector pointing in the direction of the most rapid increase of a function and having coordinates that are the partial derivatives of the function

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### Example sentences containing 'gradient'

Beyond this point they began to climb, the gradient gentle at first, then steepening. THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW

The gradient couldn't have been more than twenty degrees, but it helped. ALASTAIR MCLEAN'S 'NIGHT WATCH'

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## Translations for 'gradient'

British English: gradient NOUN

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*gradient*is a slope, or the degree to which the ground slopes....a gradient of 1 in 3.## Nearby words of 'gradient'

- gradely
- grader
- -grader
- gradient
- gradient post
- gradienter
- gradin

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