Definitions of inclination

  1. ( geometry) the angle formed by the x- axis and a given line ( measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x- axis)
  2. 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"
  3. the act of inclining; bending forward; " an inclination of his head indicated his agreement"
  4. 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"
  5. 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"
  6. that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking; " her inclination is for classical music"
  7. ( astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees
  8. A leaning; a turning aside from normal direction or position; a nod; tendency of the mind; a bent.
  9. The act of inclining or bending towards: tendency: natural aptness: favorable disposition: affection: act of bowing: angle between two lines or planes.
  10. A leaning; tendency; disposition.
  11. A deviation from a vertical or horizontal direction; a bend; slope; angle.
  12. A leaning or bending towards, often downwards; a bent, tendency, or proneness; a leaning of the mind; a disposition more favourable to one thing than to another; the dip of the magnetic needle, or its tendency to incline towards the earth; the angle made by two lines or planes which meet, or would meet, if produced.
  13. A bending or sloping either downwards or upwards; the direction of one body with respect to another when measured by the angle formed at the point of meeting; tendency or leaning towards; bias of mind or will; propensity; desire; love : inclined plane, a sloping surface; one of the five mechanical powers.

Usage examples for inclination

  1. His mother"- and he turned to the little lady with an inclination that pleased Wyllard curiously-" was sure of it at the time. – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss
  2. Engaged by her, in 1793, in a war against its inclination and interest, it was not only deserted afterwards, but sacrificed. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  3. If I heed my inclination it certainly holds me here. – At Fault by Kate Chopin
  4. Do as is the inclination, nor delay at all. – The Iliad of Homer (1873) by Homer
  5. I have already told you, mother, that when one has a good pair of arms, and the inclination to use them, one has no need to beg one's bread. – A Woodland Queen, Complete by Andre Theuriet Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  6. How do you know it is his inclination? – Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories by Henry Seton Merriman
  7. Certainly the royal party had no inclination to yield. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  8. Inclination is the guide of duty, and if I do not care to take any active part in the work of our church, nobody has anything to say. – Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) by Alexander Maclaren
  9. Always, since she was a child, if she were suddenly touched by anyone whom she did not love, she had had an inclination to strike a blow on the one who touched her. – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
  10. I saw at this Time, that if I was honest in declaring that which Truth opened in me, I could not please all Men; and laboured to be content in the Way of my Duty, however disagreeable to my own Inclination. – John Woolman's Journal by John Woolman Commentator: Vida Scudder
  11. I have a slight inclination to melancholy. – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  12. All threads may be either left hand or right, according to their direction of inclination upon the bolt; thus, Fig. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  13. The request was accompanied by a significant gesture in the direction of the narrow staircase, and the dog, with an inclination of the head which might have been intended for a bow, bounded up the steps and returned with its mistress. – Windyridge by W. Riley
  14. The Uncle Erasmus' call to the church had been answered from inclination- not necessity. – The Point of View by Elinor Glyn
  15. You know you will weary of this inclination, as you have of all. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  16. I can not say that I have become tired of it, said Harry, frankly, because I must admit that I never had the slightest inclination to it. – The Red Acorn by John McElroy
  17. There was something lacking in her manner- we all felt it; Mrs. Ocumpaugh felt it, and let her dear friend go the moment she showed the slightest inclination to do so. – The Millionaire Baby by Anna Katharine Green
  18. Miss Bewery does not feel any inclination to you- now, nor at any time to be! – The Paradise Mystery by J. S. Fletcher
  19. Mary could not resist the appeal; that could hardly be her duty, and certainly was not her inclination. – The Secret of the Tower by Hope, Anthony
  20. While this is the Case with the Poor, there is an Inclination in the Minds of most People, to prepare at least so much Treasure for their Children, that they with Care and moderate Industry may live free from these Hardships which the Poor pass through. – John Woolman's Journal by John Woolman Commentator: Vida Scudder