Inclination

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Inclination \In'cli*na"tion\, noun [L. inclinatio: cf. F. inclination.]

1. The act of inclining, or state of being inclined; a leaning; as, an inclination of the head.

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

3. A tendency towards another body or point.

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.

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.

A mere inclination to a thing is not properly a willing of that thing. --South.

How dost thou find the inclination of the people? --Shak.

6. A person or thing loved or admired. --Sir W. Temple.

7. (Pharm.) Decantation, or tipping for pouring.

{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}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Dip \Dip\, noun

1. The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a liquid. "The dip of oars in unison." --Glover.

2. Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line; slope; pitch.

3. a hollow or depression in a surface, especially in the ground. [PJC]

4. A liquid, as a sauce or gravy, served at table with a ladle or spoon. [Local, U.S.] --Bartlett.

5. A dipped candle. [Colloq.] --Marryat.

6. A gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the performer, resting on his hands, lets his arms bend and his body sink until his chin is level with the bars, and then raises himself by straightening his arms. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

7. In the turpentine industry, the viscid exudation, which is dipped out from incisions in the trees; as, virgin dip (the runnings of the first year), yellow dip (the runnings of subsequent years). [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

8. (A["e]ronautics) A sudden drop followed by a climb, usually to avoid obstacles or as the result of getting into an airhole. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

9. a liquid, in which objects are soaked by dipping; e.g., a parasiticide or insecticide solution into which animals are dipped (see {sheep-dip}). [PJC]

10. a sauce into which foods are dipped to enhance the flavor; e. g., an {onion dip} made from sour cream and dried onions, into which potato chips are dipped. [PJC]

11. a {pickpocket}. [slang] [PJC]

{Dip of the horizon} (Astron.), the angular depression of the seen or visible horizon below the true or natural horizon; the angle at the eye of an observer between a horizontal line and a tangent drawn from the eye to the surface of the ocean.

{Dip of the needle}, or {Magnetic dip}, the angle formed, in a vertical plane, by a freely suspended magnetic needle, or the line of magnetic force, with a horizontal line; -- called also {inclination}.

{Dip of a stratum} (Geol.), its greatest angle of inclination to the horizon, or that of a line perpendicular to its direction or strike; -- called also the {pitch}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

inclination

noun

1: an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict" [syn: {inclination}, {disposition}, {tendency}]

2: (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees [syn: {inclination}, {inclination of an orbit}]

3: (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis) [syn: {inclination}, {angle of inclination}]

4: (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon [syn: {dip}, {angle of dip}, {magnetic dip}, {magnetic inclination}, {inclination}]

5: that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking; "her inclination is for classical music" [ant: {disinclination}]

6: the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical; "the tower had a pronounced tilt"; "the ship developed a list to starboard"; "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right" [syn: {tilt}, {list}, {inclination}, {lean}, {leaning}]

7: 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" [syn: {tendency}, {inclination}]

8: the act of inclining; bending forward; "an inclination of his head indicated his agreement" [syn: {inclination}, {inclining}]

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