Definition of Inclination

1. Noun. An attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others. "A tendency to be too strict"

2. Noun. (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees.
Exact synonyms: Inclination Of An Orbit
Category relationships: Astronomy, Uranology
Generic synonyms: Angle
Derivative terms: Incline

3. Noun. (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis).
Exact synonyms: Angle Of Inclination
Category relationships: Geometry
Generic synonyms: Angle
Derivative terms: Incline

4. Noun. (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon.
Exact synonyms: Angle Of Dip, Dip, Magnetic Dip, Magnetic Inclination
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Angle
Derivative terms: Incline

5. Noun. That toward which you are inclined to feel a liking. "Her inclination is for classical music"
Generic synonyms: Liking
Specialized synonyms: Leaning, Propensity, Tendency, Stomach, Undertow
Antonyms: Disinclination
Derivative terms: Incline, Incline

6. Noun. The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical. "He walked with a heavy inclination to the right"
Exact synonyms: Lean, Leaning, List, Tilt
Generic synonyms: Position, Spatial Relation
Derivative terms: Incline, Lean, Lean, List, Tilt

7. Noun. A characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect. "Fabric with a tendency to shrink"
Exact synonyms: Tendency
Specialized synonyms: Heterosis, Hybrid Vigor, Buoyancy, Electronegativity, Negativity, Stainability, Desire
Generic synonyms: Disposition
Derivative terms: Incline

8. Noun. The act of inclining; bending forward. "An inclination of his head indicated his agreement"
Exact synonyms: Inclining
Generic synonyms: Motility, Motion, Move, Movement
Specialized synonyms: Bob, Nod, Stoop
Derivative terms: Incline, Incline, Incline

Definition of Inclination

1. n. The act of inclining, or state of being inclined; a leaning; as, an inclination of the head.

Definition of Inclination

1. Noun. A physical tilt or bend ¹

2. Noun. A slant or slope ¹

3. Noun. A mental tendency ¹

4. Noun. (geometry) The angle of intersection of a reference plane ¹

5. Noun. (obsolete) A person or thing loved or admired. ¹

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Definition of Inclination

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Medical Definition of Inclination

1. The angle of the long axis of a tooth from a particular line of reference, the tilt or tip of a tooth. (08 Jan 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Inclination

inclinatio pelvis
inclination (current term)
inclination of an orbit
inclination of pelvis
incline bench press
inclined fault
inclined grate
inclined plane
inclined planes

Literary usage of Inclination

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy by Isaac Newton, William Emerson, John Machin (1803)
"Seeing the horary variation of the inclination, when. the nodes are in Ihe ... To a given time to find the inclination of the moon's orbit to the plane of ..."

2. Transactions by North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, Metallurgical Society of AIME. (1880)
"The CHAIRMAN said, the next business was to discuss the " Description of an instrument for ascertaining the inclination from the perpendicular of boreholes ..."

3. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1894)
"It was also demonstrated that the inclination of the axes of the electro-dynamic and terrestrial globes to each other of 20° 30', was the cause of the ..."

4. Field Geology by Frederic Henry Lahee (1917)
"The average inclination of the surface of a lava sheet, or a lava cone, ... Surfaces eroded on bedrock often owe their inclination to a balance between the ..."

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