• WordNet 3.6
    • n inclination the act of inclining; bending forward "an inclination of his head indicated his agreement"
    • n 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"
    • n 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"
    • n 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"
    • n inclination that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking "her inclination is for classical music"
    • n inclination (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)
    • n inclination (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees
    • n inclination (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The steepest street in the world is Baldwin Street located in Dunedin, New Zealand. It has an incline of 38%
    • Inclination A direction or tendency from the true vertical or horizontal direction; as, the inclination of a column, or of a road bed.
    • Inclination 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.""How dost thou find the inclination of the people?"
    • Inclination A person or thing loved or admired.
    • Inclination A tendency towards another body or point.
    • Inclination (Pharm) Decantation, or tipping for pouring.
    • Inclination The act of inclining, or state of being inclined; a leaning; as, an inclination of the head.
    • Inclination (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: High-wire acts have been enjoyed since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Antique medals have been excavated from Greek islands depicting men ascending inclined cords and walking across ropes stretched between cliffs. The Greeks called these high-wire performers neurobates or oribates. In the Roman city of Herculaneum there is a fresco representing an aerialist high on a rope, dancing and playing a flute. Sometimes Roman tightrope walkers stretched cables between the tops of two neighboring hills and performed comic dances and pantomimes while crossing.
    • n inclination The act of inclining, or the state of being inclined; a leaning; any deviation from a given direction or position.
    • n inclination In geometry and mech., the mutual approach, tendency, or leaning of two bodies, lines, or planes toward each other, so as to make an angle at the point where they meet, or where their lines of direction meet. This angle is called the angle of inclination.
    • n inclination The angle which a line or plane makes with the horizon; declivity. In gunnery inclination is the elevation or depression of the axis of a piece above or below a horizontal plane passing through the axis of the trunnions, supposed to be horizontal.
    • n inclination An inclined surface; a slope or declivity, as of land.
    • n inclination A set or bent of the mind or will; a disposition more favorable to one thing or person than to another; a leaning, liking, or preference: as, an inclination for poetry; a strong inclination toward law.
    • n inclination A person for whom or a thing for which one has a liking or preference.
    • n inclination In Greek and Latin grammar, same as enclisis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Inclination the act of bending towards: tendency, disposition of mind: natural aptness: favourable disposition, preference, affection: act of bowing: angle between two lines or planes: the angle a line or plane makes with the horizon
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  • Virgil
    “As a twig is bent the tree inclines.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be happy is not included in the plan of Creation.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “It is not from reason and prudence that people marry, but from inclination.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “Every one in a crowd has the power to throw dirt; none out of ten have the inclination.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”
  • Arthur Hugh Clough
    Arthur Hugh Clough
    “And almost everyone when age, disease, or sorrows strike him, inclines to think there is a God, or something very like him.”


Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined - Things, especially education, that affect and influence us in our childhood shape the kind of adult we turn out to be. (There are various versions of this, like 'As the twig is bent, the tree's inclined' and 'As the twig is bent, so the tree inclines', 'As the twig is bent so is the tree inclined')


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inclinatio,: cf. F. inclination,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. inclinārein, towards, clināre, to lean.


In literature:

In a few days it became perfectly tame, and showed no inclination to run away.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Most girls of her age are inclined to be sentimental and occasionally priggish.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
I was inclined to refuse to kiss Krak, but my mother made such a point of compliance that I yielded reluctantly.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
He seemed inclined to take shelter again behind Doyle.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
I have so much inclination to be yours that I need no other engagement.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
If I feel inclined to, I will creep away.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
I have neither time nor inclination to manage it.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Bertha was right in imagining Maurice had lost all inclination to appear at the ball.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
How the slaves, when they found them unarmed and in their power, might be inclined to treat them was a different question.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
Jack confessed that, somehow or other, he felt more inclined to pipe his eye on that occasion than on any of his other leave-takings.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

To novels and plays not inclined,
Nor aught that can sully her mind;
Temptations may shower,
Unmoved as a tower,
She quenches the fiery arrows.
"The Cottage Maid" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Hadst thou not been by nature kind,
And to compassion much inclin'd,
To Hell I had ere this been thrown,
There in fierce flames to make my moan.
"Lamentation Of A Sinner" by Rees Prichard
Awve noa noashun o' writin a line,
Tho' awve just dipt mi pen into th' ink,
Towards warkin aw dooant mich incline,
An awm ommost too lazy to think.
"Old Moorcock" by John Hartley
No inward inclination did I feel
To avarice or pride: my soul did kneel
In admiration all the day. No lust, nor strife,
Polluted then my infant life.
"Innocence" by Thomas Traherne
Aw've noa noashun o' writin' a line,
Tho' aw've jist dipt mi pen into th' ink,
Towards wor kin aw don't mich incline,
An aw'm ommost to lazy to think.
"Aw'm Havin' A Smook Bi Misel'," by John Hartley
Yet he'd not have them force thy mind
To marry, where thou'rt not inclin'd,
One, whom thy heart cou'd never love,
And ne'er cou'd thy affections move.
"Advice To A Young Man, Before He Goes A Courting" by Rees Prichard

In news:

In response to citizens' complaints, a board is urging Washoe County to consider a 10:30 pm curfew for outdoor concerts in the Incline Village area.
Young people more inclined to choose social media over sex.
Young People More Inclined To Choose Social Media Over Sex.
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. A recent out-of-town guest accompanied me to the post office and when saw the sign "Village Center," inquired if this was the Incline Village downtown.
Evers says he's inclined to run for second term.
Wisconsin state schools superintendent Tony Evers says he is inclined to run for a second term, but has not yet made a final decision.
I'm not inclined ' to endorse Pearce.
Web shoppers are more inclined to share details with retailers than with social networks.
If you're so inclined , weddings can be good place to hook up.
UTC bosses not inclined to end John Shulman's run.
A Holiday Guide For The Politically Inclined .
If You're So Inclined , Don A Black Turtleneck For 'Steve Jobs Day'.
Egypt's new leadership more inclined to share resources with Ethiopia.
Gov O'Malley inclined to sponsor same-sex marriage bill.
The group measured the Rossiter-McLaughlin (RM) effect of the systems and found evidence that their orbital axes incline relative to the spin axes of their host stars.

In science:

Fig. 9.— Detection efficiency of planetary transits as a function of their amplitude, relative to planets with all inclinations (lef t) and all transiting planets (right).
Planets in Stellar Clusters Extensive Search. IV. A detection of a possible transiting planet candidate in the open cluster NGC 2158
Inclinations were estimated using Sextractor (Bertin et al. 1996) and the ellipse task of IRAF: we find a mean absolute di fference of ∼ 2 degrees between these two methods.
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?
Main properties of the sample of LCGs: galaxies names, redshifts, isophotal I magnitudes, absolute B and K magnitudes, light concentration, half light radii, inclination.
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?
To estimate the mass supported by rotation, we assumed that the maximal rotational velocity is equal to half the maximal gradient of the velocity field, corrected for inclination (s ee Table 1).
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?
Note however, that the real uncertainty on inclination is probably higher for unrelaxed systems, as its derivation usually relies on the assumption of a thin disk seen in projection (see section 2).
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?