Inclination
Inclination In`cli*na"tion, n. [L. inclinatio: cf. F. inclination.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of inclining, or state of being inclined; a leaning; as, an inclination of the head. [1913 Webster]

2. A direction or tendency from the true vertical or horizontal direction; as, the inclination of a column, or of a road bed. [1913 Webster]

3. A tendency towards another body or point. [1913 Webster]

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[deg] 28'; the inclination of two rays of light. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

A mere inclination to a thing is not properly a willing of that thing. --South. [1913 Webster]

How dost thou find the inclination of the people? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. A person or thing loved or admired. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

7. (Pharm.) Decantation, or tipping for pouring. [1913 Webster]

{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}.

Syn: Bent; tendency; proneness; bias; proclivity; propensity; prepossession; predilection; attachment; desire; affection; love. See {Bent}, and cf. {Disposition}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Inclination — in general is the angle between a reference plane and another plane or axis of direction. The axial tilt is expressed as the angle made by the planet s axis and a line drawn through the planet s center perpendicular to the orbital plane. Orbits… …   Wikipedia

  • inclination — [in΄klə nā′shən] n. [OFr < L inclinatio < pp. of inclinare, INCLINE] 1. the act of bending, leaning, or sloping; esp., a bowing or nodding 2. an inclined surface or plane; slope; incline; slant 3. the extent or degree of incline from a… …   English World dictionary

  • inclination — I noun affinity, aptitude, aptness, bent, bias, cast, direction, fondness, inclinatio, leaning, liking, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, preference, prejudice, proclivity, proneness, propensity, readiness, slant, studium,… …   Law dictionary

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  • inclination — (n.) condition of being mentally disposed (to do something), late 14c., from M.Fr. inclination (14c.) and directly from L. inclinationem (nom. inclinatio) a leaning, bending, figuratively tendency, bias, favor, noun of action from pp. stem of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • inclination — [n1] tendency, bent affection, appetite, aptitude, aptness, attachment, attraction, bias, capability, capacity, cup of tea*, desire, disposition, drift, druthers*, fancy, fondness, groove*, idiosyncrasy, impulse, leaning, liking, mind, movement,… …   New thesaurus

  • inclination — ► NOUN 1) a natural tendency to act or feel in a particular way. 2) (inclination for/to/towards) an interest in or liking for. 3) a slope or slant. 4) the angle at which a straight line or plane is inclined to another …   English terms dictionary

  • Inclination — (v. lat.), 1) so v.w. Neigung; 2) (Math.), die Richtung einer geraden Linie nach einem bestimmten Punkte, den sie nämlich trifft, wenn sie verlängert wird; 3) (Verschleifung) die in der älteren Dichtersprache gewöhnliche Abkürzung der Wörter, wo… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • inclination — Inclination, Procliuitas, Propensio, Inclinatio …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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