4 definitions found

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

Incline \In*cline"\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Inclined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inclining}.] [OE. inclinen, enclinen, OF. encliner, incliner, F. incliner, L. inclinare; pref. in- in + clinare to bend, incline; akin to E. lean. See {Lean} to incline.]

1. To deviate from a line, direction, or course, toward an object; to lean; to tend; as, converging lines incline toward each other; a road inclines to the north or south.

2. Fig.: To lean or tend, in an intellectual or moral sense; to favor an opinion, a course of conduct, or a person; to have a propensity or inclination; to be disposed.

Their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech. --Judges ix. 3.

Power finds its balance, giddy motions cease In both the scales, and each inclines to peace. --Parnell.

3. To bow; to incline the head. --Chaucer.

Syn: To lean; slope; slant; tend; bend.

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

Inclining \In*clin"ing\, adjective (Bot.) Same as {Inclined}, 3.

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

Inclining \In*clin"ing\, noun

1. Inclination; disposition.

On the first inclining towards sleep. --Burke.

2. Party or side chosen; a following.

Both you of my inclining, and the rest. --Shak.

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



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

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