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Inclination definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INCLINA'TION, n. [L. inclinatio. See Incline.]
1. A leaning; any deviation of a body or line from an upright position, or from a parallel line, towards another body; as the inclination of the head in bowing.
2. In geometry, the angle made by two lines or planes that meet; as, the inclination of axis of the earth to the place of the ecliptic is 23 deg.28 feet.
3. A leaning of the mind or will; propension or propensity; a disposition more favorable to one thing than to another. The prince has no inclination to peace. The bachelor has manifested no inclination to marry. Men have a natural inclination to pleasure.
A mere inclination to a thing is not properly a willing of that thing.
4. Love; affection; regard; desire; with for. Some men have an inclination for music, others for painting.
5. Disposition of mind.
6. The dip of the magnetic needle, or its tendency to incline towards the earth; also, the angle made by the needle with the horizon.
7. The act of decanting liquors by stooping or inclining the vessel.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: 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" [syn: inclination, disposition, tendency]
2: (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees [syn: inclination, inclination of an orbit]
3: (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis) [syn: inclination, angle of inclination]
4: (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon [syn: dip, angle of dip, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination, inclination]
5: that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking; "her inclination is for classical music" [ant: disinclination]
6: 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" [syn: tilt, list, inclination, lean, leaning]
7: 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" [syn: tendency, inclination]
8: the act of inclining; bending forward; "an inclination of his head indicated his agreement" [syn: inclination, inclining]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 14th century 1. a. obsolete natural disposition ; character b. a particular disposition of mind or character ; propensity; especially liking <had little inclination for housekeeping> 2. an act or the action of bending or inclining: as a. bow, nod b. a tilting of something 3. a. a deviation from the true vertical or horizontal ; slant; also the degree of such deviation b. an inclined surface ; slope c. (1) the angle determined by two lines or planes (2) the angle made by a line with the x-axis measured counterclockwise from the positive direction of that axis 4. a tendency to a particular aspect, state, character, or action <the clutch has an inclination to slip> inclinational adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 (often foll. by to) a disposition or propensity. 2 (often foll. by for) a liking or affection. 3 a leaning, slope, or slant. 4 the difference of direction of two lines or planes, esp. as measured by the angle between them. 5 the dip of a magnetic needle. Etymology: ME f. OF inclination or L inclinatio (as INCLINE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Dip Dip, n. 1. The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a liquid. ``The dip of oars in unison.'' --Glover. 2. Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line; slope; pitch. 3. A liquid, as a sauce or gravy, served at table with a ladle or spoon. [Local, U.S.] --Bartlett. 4. A dipped candle. [Colloq.] --Marryat. Dip of the horizon (Astron.), the angular depression of the seen or visible horizon below the true or natural horizon; the angle at the eye of an observer between a horizontal line and a tangent drawn from the eye to the surface of the ocean. Dip of the needle, or Magnetic dip, the angle formed, in a vertical plane, by a freely suspended magnetic needle, or the line of magnetic force, with a horizontal line; -- called also inclination. Dip of a stratum (Geol.), its greatest angle of inclination to the horizon, or that of a line perpendicular to its direction or strike; -- called also the pitch.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(inclinations) An inclination is a feeling that makes you want to act in a particular way. He had neither the time nor the inclination to think of other things... N-VAR: usu with supp, oft N to-inf, oft with brd-neg

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Inclining, leaning, slope slant. 2. Trending, verging, oblique direction. 3. Disposition, predilection, predisposition, bent, bias, proneness, proclivity, tendency, leaning, aptitude, propensity, penchant. 4. Desire, wish, partiality, fondness, liking.

Moby Thesaurus

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