[in-kluh-ney-shuh n] /ˌɪn kləˈneɪ ʃən/
a disposition or bent, especially of the mind or will; a liking or preference:
Much against his inclination, he was forced to resign.
something to which one is inclined:
In sports his inclination is tennis.
the act of inclining; state of being inclined.
a tendency toward a certain condition, action, etc.:
the door’s inclination to stick.
deviation or amount of deviation from a normal, especially horizontal or vertical, direction or position.
an inclined surface.
Magnetism. 1 (def 32).
often foll by for, to, towards, or an infinitive. a particular disposition, esp a liking or preference; tendency: I’ve no inclination for such dull work
the degree of deviation from a particular plane, esp a horizontal or vertical plane
a sloping or slanting surface; incline
the act of inclining or the state of being inclined
the act of bowing or nodding the head
(astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit of a planet or comet and another plane, usually that of the ecliptic
(physics) another name for dip (sense 28)
“condition of being mentally disposed” (to do something), late 14c., from Middle French inclination (14c.) and directly from Latin inclinationem (nominative inclinatio) “a leaning, bending,” figuratively “tendency, bias, favor,” noun of action from past participle stem of inclinare (see incline). Meaning “action of bending toward” (something) is from early 15c. That of “amount of a slope” is from 1799.
inclination in·cli·na·tion (ĭn’klə-nā’shən)
A deviation or the degree of deviation from the horizontal or vertical.
[in-klahy-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈklaɪ nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective 1. characterized by inclination.
[verb in-klahyn; noun in-klahyn, in-klahyn] /verb ɪnˈklaɪn; noun ˈɪn klaɪn, ɪnˈklaɪn/ verb (used with object), inclined, inclining. 1. to deviate from the vertical or horizontal; slant. 2. to have a mental tendency, preference, etc.; be disposed: We incline to rest and relaxation these days. 3. to tend, in a physical sense; approximate: The flowers incline […]
[in-klahynd] /ɪnˈklaɪnd/ adjective 1. deviating in direction from the horizontal or vertical; sloping. 2. disposed; of a mind (usually followed by to): He was inclined to stay. 3. having a physical tendency; leaning. 4. tending in a direction that makes an angle with anything else. [verb in-klahyn; noun in-klahyn, in-klahyn] /verb ɪnˈklaɪn; noun ˈɪn klaɪn, […]
noun 1. one of the simple machines, a plane surface to the horizon, or forming with a horizontal plane any angle but a right angle. Compare (def 4b). 2. (def 10a). noun 1. a plane whose angle to the horizontal is less than a right angle inclined plane (ĭn’klīnd’) A plane surface, such as a […]