Definitions of inclination

  1. the act of inclining; bending forward; "an inclination of his head indicated his agreement" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking; "her inclination is for classical music" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. A leaning; a turning aside from normal direction or position; a nod; tendency of the mind; a bent. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. The act of inclining or bending towards: tendency: natural aptness: favorable disposition: affection: act of bowing: angle between two lines or planes. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A leaning; tendency; disposition. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. A deviation from a vertical or horizontal direction; a bend; slope; angle. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. A leaning or bending towards, often downwards; a bent, tendency, or proneness; a leaning of the mind; a disposition more favourable to one thing than to another; the dip of the magnetic needle, or its tendency to incline towards the earth; the angle made by two lines or planes which meet, or would meet, if produced. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. A bending or sloping either downwards or upwards; the direction of one body with respect to another when measured by the angle formed at the point of meeting; tendency or leaning towards; bias of mind or will; propensity; desire; love : inclined plane, a sloping surface; one of the five mechanical powers. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for inclination

  1. His mother"- and he turned to the little lady with an inclination that pleased Wyllard curiously-" was sure of it at the time. – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss
  2. Engaged by her, in 1793, in a war against its inclination and interest, it was not only deserted afterwards, but sacrificed. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton