• WordNet 3.6
    • v incline make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief "Their language inclines us to believe them"
    • v incline feel favorably disposed or willing "She inclines to the view that people should be allowed to expres their religious beliefs"
    • v incline be at an angle "The terrain sloped down"
    • v incline lower or bend (the head or upper body), as in a nod or bow "She inclined her head to the student"
    • v incline bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well "He inclined his ear to the wise old man"
    • v incline have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined "She tends to be nervous before her lectures","These dresses run small","He inclined to corpulence"
    • n incline an inclined surface connecting two levels
    • n incline an elevated geological formation "he climbed the steep slope","the house was built on the side of a mountain"
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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%
    • n Incline An inclined plane; an ascent or descent; a grade or gradient; a slope.
    • Incline Fig.: To lean or tend, in an intellectual or moral sense; to favor an opinion, a course of conduct, or a person; to have a propensity or inclination; to be disposed. "Their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech.""Power finds its balance, giddy motions cease
      In both the scales, and each inclines to peace."
    • Incline To bend; to cause to stoop or bow; as, to incline the head or the body in acts of reverence or civility. "With due respect my body I inclined ."
    • Incline To bow; to incline the head.
    • Incline To cause to deviate from a line, position, or direction; to give a leaning, bend, or slope to; as, incline the column or post to the east; incline your head to the right. "Incline thine ear, O Lord, and hear."
    • Incline To deviate from a line, direction, or course, toward an object; to lean; to tend; as, converging lines incline toward each other; a road inclines to the north or south.
    • Incline To impart a tendency or propensity to, as to the will or affections; to turn; to dispose; to influence. "Incline my heart unto thy testimonies.""Incline our hearts to keep this law."
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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.
    • incline To bend down; lean; turn obliquely from or toward a given direction or position; deviate from a line or course; tend: as, the column inclines from the perpendicular.
    • incline To bow; bend the head or the body, especially as a mark of courtesy or respect.
    • incline To have a mental bent or tendency; be disposed; tend, as toward an opinion, a course of action, etc.
    • incline To tend, in a physical sense; approximate.
    • incline In marching, to gain ground to the flank, as well as to the front.
    • incline To bend down; cause to lean; give a leaning to; cause to deviate from or toward a given line, position, or direction; direct.
    • incline To bend (the body), as in an act of reverence or civility; cause to stoop or bow.
    • incline To give a tendency or propension to; turn; dispose.
    • n incline An inclination; a bow.
    • n incline An inclined plane; an ascent or a descent, as in a road or a railway;a slope.
    • n incline A shaft or mine-opening having considerable inclination. The words shaft, incline, and level express all possible conditions of a mine-opening in respect to position with reference to the horizontal plane. If the incline is worked “to the rise,” the material mined is transported downward by some self-acting arrangement; if “to the deep,” it is raised by a steam or other engine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Incline in-klīn′ to lean towards: to deviate from a line towards an object: to be disposed: to have some desire
    • v.t Incline to cause to bend towards: to give a leaning to: to dispose: to bend
    • n Incline an inclined plane: a regular ascent or descent
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  • Honore De Balzac
    “Most people of action are inclined to fatalism and most of thought believe in providence.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.”
  • Gael Boardman
    Gael Boardman
    “You will get good attention and people will be more inclined to listen to you if you can make a statement whereby their response is, No Shit! or at least, No kidding!”
  • Erwin W. Lutzer
    Erwin W. Lutzer
    “Christianity demands a level of caring that transcends human inclinations.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.”
  • Reinhold Niebuhr
    “Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.”


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
OE. inclinen, enclinen, OF. encliner, incliner, F. incliner, L. inclinare,; pref. in-, in + clinare, to bend, incline; akin to E. lean,. See Lean to incline


In literature:

Man, like all other animals of a gregarious nature, is more inclined to follow than to lead.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Every other inclination which tempts him from his aim must be suppressed.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
We were going down a steep incline, and I cannot say that I felt particularly happy until the horses were got under control again.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
She had laughed; she was a lady humorously inclined, not to say mischievous.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
The track became more marked and went up along the incline of a steep ravine.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Hitherto he had always known in a day or two whether he was inclined to make love to a woman or not.
"Adam Johnstone's Son" by F. Marion Crawford
As the train sped down the incline towards the Rio Grande we were now treated to magnificent scenery on our right.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The first to make such inclined tubes into a sectional form was Twibill, in 1865.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
Again a series of valuable social qualities is slyly incorporated with folly: benevolence, kindness, inclination to approve and to admire.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
As to the latter question his mother was not inclined to contradict him.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

Yet if, while crowds before thee bow,
Thy lips to favouring smiles incline,
Think not, sweet maid, their bosoms glow
With love as pure, as true as mine.
"Remembrance" by Amelia Opie
Should wife or husband take delight in
Scolding, or be inclin'd to fighting;
Some good old aunt, to make them cease,
Might drop a word that carries peace.
"Reconciliation" by William Hutton
To many it appear'd, that from my soul
No God I fear'd, nor liv'd of man in awe,
More than the infidel and miscreant foul,
Whose inclinations are his only law.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
As 'tis the nature of the swinish kind,
To tear the turf, and nuzzle in the mire:
So man by nature is to earth inclin'd,
And does not to celestial bliss aspire.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
Since there's a world that's beyond the grave,
And children are all hastening there;
While you are in your youthful strength,
Incline your dear hearts to prayer.
"Children's Day. I John, 4:4" by Frank Barbour Coffin
"The world, though oft to merit blind,
Alas, I cannot blame;
For they have oft the knee inclined.
And pour'd the sigh—but, like the wind
Of winter, cold it came.
"Myrtilla" by Washington Allston

In news:

The President's Inclination : No, It Wasn't a Bow-Bow.
You've probably heard that you can get a better workout on the treadmill by increasing the incline .
Meanwhile, the Incline 's popularity continued to skyrocket.
Sports Illustrated and The New York Times wrote about the Incline as the ultimate proving ground for Olympic athletes.
Grass Valley Man Arrested in Fatal Crash in Incline Village.
A Grass Valley man has been arrested on suspected drug use following a traffic accident in Incline Village that left two pedestrians dead.
Hikers tackle the Manitou Incline , a steep trail that follows the old ties of a defunct incline railway.
The Incline Core Scissors exercise works your back, abs, obliques and legs.
Watch Incline Core Scissors in the Fitness Magazine Video.
"Here an incline so known to cause defeat, next a decline thunderous and bad for knees".
The Incline Chest Press exercise works your chest, shoulders and triceps.
Watch Incline Chest Press in the Fitness Magazine Video.
A hiker on the Manitou Incline died Sunday morning from what appears to be a heart attack, according to rescue crews.
The Incline - (Stacia & Eric).
Sonnets can be about many things, but they are inclined to be introspective.

In science:

The rotation period is however difficult to estimate in our case because relevant parameters such as the stellar radius, the projected rotational velocity, the inclination angle and possible photometric variability are either not known or too uncertain.
Planets around evolved intermediate-mass stars. I. Two substellar companions in the open clusters NGC 2423 and NGC 4349
The tungsten/quartz planes are inclined at 45◦ with respect to the beam axis to maximize ˇCerenkov light output1 .
First performance studies of a prototype for the CASTOR forward calorimeter at the CMS experiment
The effective length of each W-plate is 7.07 mm, being inclined at 45◦ .
First performance studies of a prototype for the CASTOR forward calorimeter at the CMS experiment
The W/Q-plates are inclined 45◦ with respect to the direction of the impinging particles, in order to maximize the ˇCerenkov light output in the quartz.
Performance Studies of Prototype II for the CASTOR forward Calorimeter at the CMS Experiment
We characterise the Hα emission, tracing current star formation, of the 45 largest and less inclined galaxies observed for which we estimate the torques between the gas and the bulk of the optical matter.
Star formation in isolated AMIGA galaxies: dynamical influence of bars