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That section of the road has a five-degree gradient.
  the slope of a hill; or (more rarely) any value relative to another


a change (measured in specific units) of some physical quantity or its rate of change
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  • That section of the road has a five-degree gradient.
  • ...a "social gradient of health" exists even among the rich: the outlandishly wealthy live healthier and longer than the rich, who live better than the merely comfortable.
    Laura Blue  --  Time, "Narrowing World Health Disparities", 8/28/08
  • The program provides a gradient map to select color.
  • Because glucose phosphate is a different molecule, it does not contribute to the glucose gradient.

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  • Pressure predictions can be based on temperature gradient rather than on temperature magnitude.
  • (For the record, the Hiroshima atom bomb was a thousand times more powerful.) On the upside, the Daisy Cutter is extremely reliable, no problems with wind speed or thermal gradient.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • In English, they would be free of the sharply denned gradients of Korean hierarchy: formal deference, informal deference, blunt, familiar, intimate, and plain.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • He saw these kinds of gradients all the time.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Close on the rear of this came a couple of cabs, the forerunners of a long procession of flying vehicles, going for the most part to Chalk Farm station, where the North-Western special trains were loading up, instead of coming down the gradient into Euston.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • O, get, rev on a gradient one in nine.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • A wall of superb rocks stood before us, imposing in its sheer mass: a pile of gigantic stone blocks, an enormous granite cliffside pitted with dark caves but not offering a single gradient we could climb up.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Prices were like the roads of the period, steep in gradient, reflecting in their phases the local conditions, without engineering, levellings, or averages.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • And this is a map of everything and everywhere, and the future is on the right and the past is on the left and the gradient of the line c is the speed of light, but we can’t know about the things which happen in the shaded areas even though some of them have already happened, but when we get to fit will be possible to find out about things which happen in the lighter areas p and q.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • All morning the climb proceeded, slowly and by easy gradients; but at such height the physical effort was considerable, and none had energy to spare for talk.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • He had picked this precise spot for his homestead because it was the highest ground in the area, with a steep gradient to the river, ideal for planting the oranges just imported from Spain and the Far East.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Partners In Health believed in sending resources from the United States to Cange, down "the steep gradient of inequality," so as to provide services to the desperately poor—directly, now.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • "The plates create a gravitational gradient," Diw said.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Some said that the sudden stop had damaged the air brakes, others that they were on a steep gradient and the engine could not make it.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • The air grew cooler; they had surmounted the last gradient, and Oniton lay below them with its church, its radiating houses, its castle, its river-girt peninsula.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • …fish-dealer fishmonger floor-walker shop-walker fraternal-order friendly-society freight goods freight-agent goods-manager freight-car goods-waggon frog (railway) crossing-plate garters (men’s) sock-suspenders gasoline petrol grade (railroad) gradient grain corn grain-broker corn-factor grip hold-all groceries stores hardware-dealer ironmonger haystack haycock headliner topliner hod-carrier hodman hog-pen piggery hospital (private) nursing-home huckster coster (monger) hunting shooting…
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Tonight, Comroe was reviewing a journal article titled "Stoichiometrics of Oxygen-Carrying Capacity and Diffusion Gradients with Increased Arterial Gas Tensions."
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Speed of spin determines the gradient, and you can flex the field to extend.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • I grabbed my gear and took a sideways step, trying to zigzag down the gradient.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • "Higher gravitational gradient detected." the sensor center commed.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Ahead of us was a copse of trees on a slightly less steep gradient, and I knew this was our last hope before we plunged into the void.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • They put their hands behind their backs in that peculiar Afghan way and broke into a very fast jog, up the steep gradient, the goats around us now trotting along to join them.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • One hundred gravity gradient.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • But I saw his expression change as he looked at the pictures, at the obviously very steep gradients, truly horrible terrain, a mountain we would have to clomp up and down in order to find cover.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The gradient saved him, as it had saved Mikey and me, the way the steep mountain saves a ski jumper, enabling him to continue down at high speed without a terminal collision with flat ground.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • We arrived at the mountain’s lower gradients.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Having no urgent destiny, it strolled downhill or up as it wished, taking no trouble about the gradients, or about the view, which nevertheless expanded.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • The gradients were still very steep, and I was working my way through the forest, through the gutters of the mountain.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The gradients got steeper and narrower.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • And, as programmed, having detected a high gravitational gradient, it spun up its breacher system.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • I will also need gravitational gradient detectors.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Above and below, the Ice Bank was subsiding in long gradients.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • I stared at the last rays wreathing this peak, while shadows were gradually climbing its gradients.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The gradient was almost sheer, straight down to the valley floor.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Then I started rolling, sliding very fast down the steep gradient, unable to get a grip, which may have been just as well.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • I can only plead the gradient.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • On the other side, they never broke stride and now began to make their way up a steep gradient through the trees.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • An area like this cannot, of course, flood, not up here, because the gradient is far too steep to hold water.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • He went past the window like a rocket, running hard up the gradient, possibly going for the Hindu Kusli all-comers 100-meters record.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • We came to a little flight of rough rock steps cut into the gradient.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Except for two mitigating factors: (1) he was about two hundred years old, and (2) from where I stood, the mountain he was crossing had a gradient slightly steeper than the Washington Monument.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • And the village cop offered me his hand, helped me to my feet, and once more led me through the forest, half lifting me down the gradients, always considerate of my shattered left leg, until we reached a dried-up riverbed.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • And I too could feel the difference created by the water’s powerful density—despite my heavy clothing, copper headpiece, and metal soles, I climbed the most impossibly steep gradients with all the nimbleness, I swear it, of a chamois or a Pyrenees mountain goat!
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The ground rose appreciably as it moved away from the sand flats by the waves, and we soon arrived at some long, winding gradients, genuinely steep paths that allowed us to climb little by little; but we had to tread cautiously in the midst of pudding stones that weren’t cemented together, and our feet kept skidding on glassy trachyte, made of feldspar and quartz crystals.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • …at an initial plant cost of 5 pounds per linear yard by way of the Dargle, Rathdown, Glen of the Downs and Callowhill to the 26 acre reservoir at Stillorgan, a distance of 22 statute miles, and thence, through a system of relieving tanks, by a gradient of 250 feet to the city boundary at Eustace bridge, upper Leeson street, though from prolonged summer drouth and daily supply of 12 1/2 million gallons the water had fallen below the sill of the overflow weir for which reason the borough…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It’s not that high of a gravitational gradient, you understand."
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
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