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Meaning of incline

in•cline

Pronunciation: (v.in-klīn'n.in'klīn, in-klīn'), [key]
— v., n. -clined, -clin•ing,
—v.t.
  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.
—v.t.
  1. to dispose (a person) in mind, habit, etc. (usually fol. 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.
  4. to listen, esp. willingly or favorably: to incline one's ear to another's plea.
—n.
  1. an inclined surface; slope; slant.
    1. Also calledinclined plane, in&prim;cline plane&sec;.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.
    1. an angled shaft following a dipping vein.
    2. an inclined haulageway.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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