Associations to the word «Gradient»


GRADIENT, noun. A slope or incline.
GRADIENT, noun. A rate of inclination or declination of a slope.
GRADIENT, noun. (calculus) 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.
GRADIENT, noun. (science) The rate at which a physical quantity increases or decreases relative to change in a given variable, especially distance.
GRADIENT, noun. (analysis) 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
GRADIENT, adjective. Moving by steps; walking.
GRADIENT, adjective. Rising or descending by regular degrees of inclination.
GRADIENT, adjective. Adapted for walking, as the feet of certain birds.
GRADIENT POST, noun. A post or stake indicating by its height or by marks on it the grade of a railroad, highway, embankment, etc. at that point.
GRADIENT WIND, noun. (meteorology) A horizontal wind velocity tangent to the contour line of a constant pressure surface (or to the isobar of a geopotential surface) at or above 2,500 feet (762 meters).

Dictionary definition

GRADIENT, noun. A graded change in the magnitude of some physical quantity or dimension.
GRADIENT, noun. The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal; "a five-degree gradient".

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