1.The act of inclining, or state of being inclined; a leaning; as, an inclination of the head.
2.A direction or tendency from the true vertical or horizontal direction; as, the inclination of a column, or of a road bed.
3.A tendency towards another body or point.
4.(Geom.) The angle made by two lines or planes; as, the inclination of the plane of the earth's equator to the plane of the ecliptic is about 23° 28´; the inclination of two rays of light.
5.A leaning or tendency of the mind, feelings, preferences, or will; propensity; a disposition more favorable to one thing than to another; favor; desire; love.
A mere inclination to a thing is not properly a willing of that thing.
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How dost thou find the inclination of the people?
- Shak.
6.A person or thing loved or admired.
7.(Pharm.) Decantation, or tipping for pouring.
Inclination compass
an inclinometer.
Inclination of an orbit
(Astron.) the angle which the orbit makes with the ecliptic.
Inclination of the needle
See Dip of the needle, under Dip.
Noun1.inclination - an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict"
2.inclination - (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees
3.inclination - (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)
4.Inclinationinclination - (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon
5.inclination - that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking; "her inclination is for classical music"
disinclination - that toward which you are inclined to feel dislike; "his disinclination for modesty is well known"
6.inclination - the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical; "the tower had a pronounced tilt"; "the ship developed a list to starboard"; "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right"
Synonyms: lean, list, leaning, tilt
7.inclination - a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect; "the alkaline inclination of the local waters"; "fabric with a tendency to shrink"
Synonyms: tendency
8.inclination - the act of inclining; bending forward; "an inclination of his head indicated his agreement"
Synonyms: inclining
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Inclination compass
inclination of an orbit
Inclination of the needle
incline bench press
inclined fault
inclined plane
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