inclined plane


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n inclined plane a simple machine for elevating objects; consists of plane surface that makes an acute angle with the horizontal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inclined plane (Mech) 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Inclined plane one of the so-called mechanical powers, a slope or plane up which may be rolled a weight one could not lift
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. inclinārein, towards, clināre, to lean.


In literature:

Marco watched the first log, as it came slowly up, and then he wanted to go down the inclined plane to the water below.
"Forests of Maine" by Jacob S. Abbott
The inclination of the axis of rotation of this globe upon the plane of its orbit is much the same as our own.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
An inclined plane by the water side, on which a ship may be built.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
She rolled on to a steeply inclined plane.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
The pileus is somewhat fleshy, convex, then plane, obtuse or depressed, dry, finally opaque, frequently inclined to be minutely rivulose.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The trains were drawn up an inclined plane by stationary engines and were moved down by their own weight.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
The statue has now been drawn to the upper part of the inclined plane.
"The Mayas, the Sources of Their History / Dr. Le Plongeon in Yucatan, His Account of Discoveries" by Stephen Salisbury, Jr.
We were close to the plane now, approaching the bottom of the small landing-incline.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
Then their two hearts and souls rushed together like two streams of water down an inclined plane.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
It should be about three feet square of any sort of boards and propped up at one side so that it forms an inclined plane.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

In news:

Highlights Galileo 's role as founder of modern physics due to his studies of motion and his experiments with inclined planes.
At the outset of the orbital phase of the mission, the plane of the spacecraft's orbit is inclined 82.5 degrees to Mercury's equator, and the lowest point in the orbit is reached at a latitude of 60 degrees North, the space agency reported.
To design it, researchers put snakes on a plane — an inclined surface — and watched them slither.
I always thought a ramp was an inclined plane or one of the six simple machines we studied in junior high school science classes.
A type of reverse fault in which the inclination of the plane of the fault is not highly deviated.
Angle Pivot products from Mighty Hook use gravitational forces to tilt racks out of the plane of conveyors on inclines and declines, closing up unnecessary spaces and increasing coating line capacity.

In science:

Probably next in importance is generalizing the orbits which we analyze to include inclination with respect to the hole’s equatorial plane.
Towards a formalism for mapping the spacetimes of massive compact objects: Bumpy black holes and their orbits
If the poloidal magnetic field is almost entirely projected along the z direction, these ratios would correspond to an inclination angle of the magnetic line of force with respect to the disk plane of about 15 degrees for the red lobe, and only 6 – 7 degrees for the blue lobe.
Jet rotation: launching region, angular momentum balance and magnetic properties in the bipolar outflow from RW Aur
If interpreted as a circular termination shock zone, the inferred inclination angle in the plane of the sky is roughly 70 degrees (Slane et al., 2002).
Young Neutron Stars and Their Wind Nebulae
Some incline of the rings from an exact vertical plane is expected for most pairs of suitable detector sites.
Accelerator design concept for future neutrino facilities
The fact that we see such beautiful polar rings having almost the same inclination about the equatorial plane of the host galaxy, implies that self-gravity must be playing a ma jor role in maintaining such feature.
Low frequency m=1 normal mode oscillations of a self-gravitating disc