from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a gradual manner; by degrees; step by step; slowly.
  • In degree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a gradual manner.
  • adverb obsolete In degree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a gradual manner; making slow progress; slowly.
  • adverb obsolete by degrees

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  • adverb in a gradual manner


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