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meanings of gradient


  1. A slope or incline.
  2. A rate of inclination or declination of a slope.
  3. Of a function y = f(x) or the graph of such a function, the rate of change of y with respect to x, that is, the amount by which y changes for a certain (often unit) change in x , equivalently, the inclination to the X axis of the tangent to the curve of the graph.
  4. The rate at which a physical quantity increases or decreases relative to change in a given variable, especially distance.
  5. A gradual change in color. A color gradient; gradation.
  6. A differential operator that maps each point of a scalar field to a vector pointed in the direction of the greatest rate of change of the scalar. Notation for a scalar field φ: ∇φ.


  1. Rising or descending by regular degrees of inclination.
  2. Adapted for walking, as the feet of certain birds.
  3. Moving by steps; walking.

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