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).
a plane whose angle to the horizontal is less than a right angle
A plane surface, such as a ramp or a blade, set at an acute angle to a horizontal surface, a direction of motion, or a direction of force. Inclined planes are used to increase the distance over which work is done, reducing the amount of force needed to impart energy to a system. Rolling a car up a hill, for example, requires less force than lifting it straight up off the ground. Many tools, such as the ax, wedge, chisel, and highway ramp, exploit the mechanical properties of the inclined plane.
- Inclined railway
noun 1. (mainly US) a cable railway used on particularly steep inclines unsuitable for normal adhesion locomotives
[in-klahy-ning] /ɪnˈklaɪ nɪŋ/ noun 1. ; disposition. 2. Archaic. people who are sympathetic to a person or cause. [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 […]
[in-kluh-nom-i-ter] /ˌɪn kləˈnɒm ɪ tər/ noun 1. Aeronautics. an instrument for measuring the angle an aircraft makes with the horizontal. 2. Physics. . /ˌɪnklɪˈnɒmɪtə/ noun 1. an aircraft instrument for indicating the angle that an aircraft makes with the horizontal 2. another name for dip circle
[in-klip] /ɪnˈklɪp/ verb (used with object), inclipped, inclipping. Archaic. 1. to grasp or enclose.