inclined


adjective

  1. deviating in direction from the horizontal or vertical; sloping.
  2. disposed; of a mind (usually followed by to): He was inclined to stay.
  3. having a physical tendency; leaning.
  4. tending in a direction that makes an angle with anything else.

verb (used with object), in·clined, in·clin·ing.

  1. to deviate from the vertical or horizontal; slant.
  2. to have a mental tendency, preference, etc.; be disposed: We incline to rest and relaxation these days.
  3. to tend, in a physical sense; approximate: The flowers incline toward blue.
  4. to tend in character or in course of action: a political philosophy that inclines toward the conservative.
  5. to lean; bend.

verb (used with object), in·clined, in·clin·ing.

  1. to dispose (a person) in mind, habit, etc. (usually followed by to): His attitude did not incline me to help him.
  2. to bow, nod, or bend (the head, body, etc.): He inclined his head in greeting.
  3. to cause to lean or bend in a particular direction.

noun

  1. an inclined surface; slope; slant.
  2. Railroads.
    1. Also called inclined plane, incline plane.a cable railroad, the gradient of which is approximately 45°.
    2. any railroad or portion of a railroad, the gradient of which is too steep for ordinary locomotive adhesion alone to be effective.
  3. Mining.
    1. an angled shaft following a dipping vein.
    2. an inclined haulageway.
Idioms
  1. incline one’s ear, to listen, especially willingly or favorably: to incline one’s ear to another’s plea.

adjective

  1. (postpositive often foll by to) having a disposition; tending
  2. sloping or slanting

verb (ɪnˈklaɪn)

  1. to deviate or cause to deviate from a particular plane, esp a vertical or horizontal plane; slope or slant
  2. (when tr, may take an infinitive) to be disposed or cause to be disposed (towards some attitude or to do something)he inclines towards levity; that does not incline me to think that you are right
  3. to bend or lower (part of the body, esp the head), as in a bow or in order to listen
  4. incline one’s ear to listen favourably (to)

noun (ˈɪnklaɪn, ɪnˈklaɪn)

  1. an inclined surface or slope; gradient
  2. short for inclined railway
n.

c.1600, “mental tendency,” from incline (v.). The literal meaning “slant, slope” is attested from 1846.

v.

c.1300, “to bend or bow toward,” from Old French encliner, from Latin inclinare “to cause to lean; bend, incline, turn, divert,” from in- “into, in, on, upon” (see in- (2)) + clinare “to bend,” from PIE *klei-n-, suffixed form of *klei- “to lean” (see lean (v.)). Metaphoric sense of “have a mental disposition toward” is early 15c. in English (but existed in classical Latin). Related: Inclined; inclining.

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