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GRADUS (βῆμα), a step, as a measure of length, was half a pace (passus), and contained 2 1/2 feet, Greek and Roman respectively; the Greek βῆμα therefore was rather more, and the Roman gradus rather less, than 2 1/2 feet English. (See the Tables.) 2. Bed-steps [LECTUS Vol. II. p. 19 a].

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