Inclination In`cli*na"tion, n. [L. inclinatio: cf. F. inclination.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of inclining, or state of being inclined; a leaning; as, an inclination of the head. [1913 Webster]

2. A direction or tendency from the true vertical or horizontal direction; as, the inclination of a column, or of a road bed. [1913 Webster]

3. A tendency towards another body or point. [1913 Webster]

4. (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[deg] 28'; the inclination of two rays of light. [1913 Webster]

5. 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. [1913 Webster]

A mere inclination to a thing is not properly a willing of that thing. --South. [1913 Webster]

How dost thou find the inclination of the people? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. A person or thing loved or admired. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

7. (Pharm.) Decantation, or tipping for pouring. [1913 Webster]

{Inclination compass}, an inclinometer.

{Inclination of an orbit} (Astron.), the angle which the orbit makes with the ecliptic.

{Inclination of the needle}. See {Dip of the needle}, under {Dip}.

Syn: Bent; tendency; proneness; bias; proclivity; propensity; prepossession; predilection; attachment; desire; affection; love. See {Bent}, and cf. {Disposition}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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