Definition of inclination in English:


Line breaks: in¦clin|ation
Pronunciation: /ɪnklɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 2The fact or degree of sloping: changes in inclination of the line on the graph
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    • Vicinal faces are typically only hundredths of one degree in inclination from the main crystal face on which they form.
    • An inclination of 0 degrees would mean the orbit is perfectly aligned with Earth's orbital plane.
    • Slope inclination and aspect were recorded at several locations within each stand.
  • 2.1The angle at which a straight line or plane is inclined to another.
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    • Dichroic ratios R, order parameter S, and inclination angle between membrane plans and diglucosamine ring plane.
    • For example, it is likely that the angle of inclination of the pectoral fin base constrains the range of directions in which force may be applied on the fluid during swimming.
    • For example, at each location on the globe, the geomagnetic field lines intersect the Earth's surface at a specific angle of inclination.
  • 2.2The dip of a magnetic needle.
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    • The third possible explanation for the shallow inclination of the high temperature component of magnetization is that the dykes were rotated about horizontal axes after magnetization.
    • The higher coercivity component has a inclination that is steeper than expected and a NW declination.
    • This component has both reversed and normal polarity, with an average declination of 320 and an inclination of -13 deg.
  • 2.3 Astronomy The angle between the orbital plane of a planet, comet, etc. and the ecliptic, or between the orbital plane of a satellite and the equatorial plane of its primary: cometary orbits vary widely in inclination
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    • Because of the Mercury's high orbital inclination, it can be seen crossing the disk of the sun only rarely.
    • From that ellipse one can, in principle, determine the inclination of the planet's orbital plane.
    • He's based this idea on a study of the angle, or inclination, of asteroid orbits.
  • 3An act of inclining the body or head: the questioner’s inclination of his head
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    • That most people walk in an ungraceful, ungainly and awkward manner with a forward inclination of the body does not mean that it is the normal way of walking.
    • A slight inclination of Roxy's head indicated to Helen that she knew about her estrangement from Tim.
    • A slight inclination of Alvito's head was all the acknowledgement this pledge received.


late Middle English: from Latin inclinatio(n-), from inclinare 'bend towards' (see incline).

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