inclination: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (in"klu-nā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. a disposition or bent, esp. of the mind or will; a liking or preference: Much against his inclination, he was forced to resign.
  2. something to which one is inclined: In sports his inclination is tennis.
  3. the act of inclining; state of being inclined.
  4. a tendency toward a certain condition, action, etc.: the door's inclination to stick.
  5. deviation or amount of deviation from a normal, esp. horizontal or vertical, direction or position.
  6. an inclined surface.
    1. the angle between two lines or two planes.
    2. the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line.
    1. the angle between the orbital plane of a planet and another given plane, usually the ecliptic.
    2. the angle between the equatorial and orbital planes of a planet.
  7. dip (def. 32).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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