- to deviate from the vertical or horizontal; slant.
- to have a mental tendency, preference, etc.; be disposed: We incline to rest and relaxation these days.
- to tend, in a physical sense; approximate: The flowers incline toward blue.
- to tend in character or in course of action: a political philosophy that inclines toward the conservative.
- to lean; bend.
- to dispose (a person) in mind, habit, etc. (usually followed by to): His attitude did not incline me to help him.
- to bow, nod, or bend (the head, body, etc.): He inclined his head in greeting.
- to cause to lean or bend in a particular direction.
- an inclined surface; slope; slant.
- Also called inclined plane, incline plane.a cable railroad, the gradient of which is approximately 45°.
- any railroad or portion of a railroad, the gradient of which is too steep for ordinary locomotive adhesion alone to be effective.
- an angled shaft following a dipping vein.
- an inclined haulageway.
- incline one's ear, to listen, especially willingly or favorably: to incline one's ear to another's plea.
Origin of incline
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Examples from the Web for incline
Unnervingly, several Turkish tanks in a 30-strong formation on the side of an incline have their guns pointing into Turkey.Turkish President Kisses Off Kurds Under Siege By ISIS
October 7, 2014
Instead, try Hollywood Road for gorgeous local treasures and even a tasteful Mao head if you so incline.Gal With a Suitcase
January 16, 2010
It would have been as easy for quicksilver to remain at the top of an incline.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
Many motives conspired to incline Selina to accept of the invitation.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
I incline very much to doubt that I should do it in any event, Mr. Duncan.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
This indifference of his to London, I cannot but say, made me incline the more to go thither.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
The water appeared to be running down an incline of about twenty degrees.The Long Labrador Trail
- to deviate or cause to deviate from a particular plane, esp a vertical or horizontal plane; slope or slant
- (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
- to bend or lower (part of the body, esp the head), as in a bow or in order to listen
- incline one's ear to listen favourably (to)
- an inclined surface or slope; gradient
- short for inclined railway
Word Origin and History for incline
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.
c.1600, "mental tendency," from incline (v.). The literal meaning "slant, slope" is attested from 1846.