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Meaning of INCLINE

Pronunciation:  [n]'inklIn, [v]in'klIn, in'klIn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an inclined surface or roadway that moves traffic from one level to another
  2. [n]  an elevated geological formation; "he climbed the steep slope"; "the house was built on the side of the mountain"
  3. [v]  make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief; "Their language inclines us to believe them"
  4. [v]  be at an angle; "The terrain sloped down"
  5. [v]  lower or bend (the head or upper body), as in a nod or bow; "She inclined her head to the student"
  6. [v]  bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well; "He inclined his ear to the wise old man"
  7. [v]  have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined; "She tends to be nervous before her lectures"; "These dresses run small"; "He inclined to corpulence"

INCLINE is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: be given, dispose, lean, pitch, ramp, run, side, slope, slope, tend
 Antonyms: disincline, indispose
 See Also: acclivity, angle, ascend, ascent, bank, be, bring down, camber, cant, canyonside, climb, climb, declension, declination, decline, declivity, descent, dip, downslope, elevation, escarpment, fall, fall, formation, geological formation, geology, get down, gravitate, hear, hillside, inclined plane, lean, let down, listen, lower, mountainside, natural elevation, predispose, raise, rise, scarp, ski jump, slant, stoop, suffer, take down, take heed, take kindly to, tilt, tip, upgrade, versant



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*cline"\, v. i. [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.
  2. \In*cline"\, v. t.
    1. To cause to deviate from a line, position, or direction;
       to give a leaning, bend, or slope to; as, incline the
       column or post to the east; incline your head to the
             Incline thine ear, O Lord, and hear.  --Is. xxxvii.
    2. To impart a tendency or propensity to, as to the will or
       affections; to turn; to dispose; to influence.
             Incline my heart unto thy testimonies. --Ps. cxix.
             Incline our hearts to keep this law.  --Book of Com.
    3. To bend; to cause to stoop or bow; as, to incline the head
       or the body in acts of reverence or civility.
             With due respect my body I inclined.  --Dryden.
  3. \In*cline"\, n.
    An inclined plane; an ascent o? descent; a grade or gradient;
    a slope.
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