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gradient
used in The War of the Worlds

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Definition
the slope of a hill; or (more rarely) any value relative to another

or:

a change (measured in specific units) of some physical quantity or its rate of change
  • 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.
    1.14 — Book 1 Chapter 14 — In London (82% in)

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