(Grad"u*ate*ship), n. State of being a graduate. Milton.
(Grad"u*a"tion) n. [LL. graduatio promotion to a degree: cf. F. graduation division into degrees.]
1. The act of graduating, or the state of being graduated; as, graduation of a scale; graduation at a
college; graduation in color; graduation by evaporation; the graduation of a bird's tail, etc.
2. The marks on an instrument or vessel to indicate degrees or quantity; a scale.
3. The exposure of a liquid in large surfaces to the air, so as to hasten its evaporation.
1. One who determines or indicates graduation; as, a graduator of instruments.
2. An instrument for dividing any line, right or curve, into small, regular intervals.
3. An apparatus for diffusing a solution, as brine or vinegar, over a large surface, for exposure to the air.
(||Gra"dus) n. [From L. gradus ad Parnassum a step to Parnassus.] A dictionary of prosody,
designed as an aid in writing Greek or Latin poetry.
He set to work . . . without gradus or other help.T. Hughes.
(||Graf) n. [G. Cf. -grave.] A German title of nobility, equivalent to earl in English, or count in French.
(Graff) n. [OE. grafe, greife, greive. Cf. Margrave.] A steward; an overseer.
[A prince] is nothing but a servant, overseer, or graff, and not the head, which is a title belonging only
to Christ.John Knox.
(Graff) n. & v. See Graft.
(Graff"age) n. [Cf. Grave, n.] The scarp of a ditch or moat. "To clean the graffages." Miss
(Graf"fer) n. [See Greffier.] (Law.) a notary or scrivener. Bouvier.
(||Graf*fi"ti) n. pl. [It., pl. of graffito scratched] Inscriptions, figure drawings, etc., found on the
walls of ancient sepulchers or ruins, as in the Catacombs, or at Pompeii.
(Graft) n. [OE. graff, F. greffe, originally the same word as OF. grafe pencil, L. graphium, Gr.
fr. to write; prob. akin to E. carve. So named from the resemblance of a scion or shoot to a pointed
pencil. Cf. Graphic, Grammar.] (a) A small shoot or scion of a tree inserted in another tree, the stock
of which is to support and nourish it. The two unite and become one tree, but the graft determines the
kind of fruit. (b) A branch or portion of a tree growing from such a shoot. (c) (Surg.) A portion of
living tissue used in the operation of autoplasty.
(Graft), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Grafted; p. pr. & vb. n. Grafting.] [F. greffer. See Graft, n.]