inclination has definitions from the fields of mathematics,geometry,astronomy,physics
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[ noun ] an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

Examples

"he had an inclination to give up too easily" "a tendency to be too strict"

Used in print

(Arlin Turner, "William Faulkner, Southern Novelist"...)

Besides showing no inclination , apparently , to absent himself from his native region even for short periods , and in_addition writing a shelf of books set in the region , he has handled in those books an astonishingly complete list of matters which have been important in the South during the past hundred years .

Although Faulkner was the heir in his own family to this tradition , he did not have Stark_Young 's inclination to romanticize and sentimentalize the planter society .

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[ noun ] (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)

Used in print

(Harry H. Hull, "The Normal Forces and Their Ther...)

If it is assumed that the formula given by Lodge of * * f , cosec 2lc applies , the pressure difference along the major_axes can be calculated from the angle of inclination of the major_axis , and from this the interfacial_tension can be calculated .

Related terms

angle geometry

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[ noun ] (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees

Used in print

(Bern Dibner, "Oerstad and the Discovery of Electro...)

He related events on earth to periodic celestial phenomena and indicated that the years of maximum inclination of the ecliptic coincided with the years of important electrical discoveries .

Related terms

angle astronomy

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[ noun ] (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon

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angle physics

5
[ noun ] that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking

Examples

"her inclination is for classical music"

6
[ noun ] a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect

Synonyms

tendency

Examples

: "the alkaline inclination of the local waters" "fabric with a tendency to shrink"

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[ noun ] the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical

Synonyms

list leaning lean tilt

Examples

"the tower had a pronounced tilt" "the ship developed a list to starboard" "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right"

Related terms

position lean lean list

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[ noun ] the act of inclining; bending forward

Synonyms

inclining

Examples

"an inclination of his head indicated his agreement"

Related terms

motion stoop nod bob incline

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