Inclined plane
Inclined In*clined", p. p. & a. 1. Having a leaning or tendency towards, or away from, a thing; disposed or moved by wish, desire, or judgment; as, a man inclined to virtue. ``Each pensively inclined.'' --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

2. (Math.) Making an angle with some line or plane; -- said of a line or plane. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) Bent out of a perpendicular position, or into a curve with the convex side uppermost. [1913 Webster]

{Inclined plane}. (Mech.) (a) A plane that makes an oblique angle with the plane of the horizon; a sloping plane. When used to produce pressure, or as a means of moving bodies, it is one of the mechanical powers, so called. (b) (Railroad & Canal) An inclined portion of track, on which trains or boats are raised or lowered from one level to another. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • inclined plane — inclined′ plane′ n. mac one of the simple machines, a plane surface inclined to the horizon, or forming with a horizontal plane any angle but a right angle • Etymology: 1700–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • inclined plane — ► NOUN ▪ a plane inclined at an angle to the horizontal, especially as a means of reducing the force needed to raise a load …   English terms dictionary

  • inclined plane — n. a plane surface set at any angle other than a right angle against a horizontal surface: it is a simple machine that increases mechanical advantage but requires a longer working distance: See picture in next column …   English World dictionary

  • Inclined plane — This article deals with the physical structure. For related terms, see canal inclined plane, cable railway, funicular, or fixed wing aircraft (airplane). , but the inclined plane allows the same work to be done with a smaller force exerted over a …   Wikipedia

  • inclined plane — 1. one of the simple machines, a plane surface inclined to the horizon, or forming with a horizontal plane any angle but a right angle. Cf. machine (def. 4b). 2. incline (def. 11a). [1700 10] * * *  simple machine consisting of a sloping surface …   Universalium

  • inclined plane — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms inclined plane : singular inclined plane plural inclined planes physics a flat surface that forms a slope, making an angle of less than 90 degrees with a horizontal surface …   English dictionary

  • inclined plane — nuožulnioji plokštuma statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. inclined plane vok. geneigte Ebene, f; schiefe Ebene, f rus. наклонная плоскость, f pranc. plan incliné, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • inclined plane — /ɪnklaɪnd ˈpleɪn/ (say inkluynd playn) noun a plane surface inclined to the horizontal, or forming with a horizontal plane any angle but a right angle …   Australian English dictionary

  • inclined plane — noun a plane inclined at an angle to the horizontal …   English new terms dictionary

  • inclined plane — noun Date: 1710 a plane surface that makes an oblique angle with the plane of the horizon …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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