Inclining



[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 incline to rest and relaxation these days.
3.
to tend, in a physical sense; approximate:
The flowers incline toward blue.
4.
to tend in character or in course of action:
a political philosophy that inclines toward the conservative.
5.
to lean; bend.
6.
to dispose (a person) in mind, habit, etc. (usually followed by to):
His attitude did not incline me to help him.
7.
to bow, nod, or bend (the head, body, etc.):
He inclined his head in greeting.
8.
to cause to lean or bend in a particular direction.
noun
9.
an inclined surface; slope; slant.
10.
Railroads.

11.
Mining.

Idioms
12.
incline one’s ear, to listen, especially willingly or favorably:
to incline one’s ear to another’s plea.
verb (ɪnˈklaɪn)
1.
to deviate or cause to deviate from a particular plane, esp a vertical or horizontal plane; slope or slant
2.
when tr, may take an infinitive. to be disposed or cause to be disposed (towards some attitude or to do something): he inclines towards levity, that does not incline me to think that you are right
3.
to bend or lower (part of the body, esp the head), as in a bow or in order to listen
4.
incline one’s ear, to listen favourably (to)
noun (ˈɪnklaɪn; ɪnˈklaɪn)
5.
an inclined surface or slope; gradient
6.
short for inclined railway
v.

c.1300, “to bend or bow toward,” from Old French encliner, from Latin inclinare “to cause to lean; bend, incline, turn, divert,” from in- “into, in, on, upon” (see in- (2)) + clinare “to bend,” from PIE *klei-n-, suffixed form of *klei- “to lean” (see lean (v.)). Metaphoric sense of “have a mental disposition toward” is early 15c. in English (but existed in classical Latin). Related: Inclined; inclining.
n.

c.1600, “mental tendency,” from incline (v.). The literal meaning “slant, slope” is attested from 1846.

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