- inclination; disposition.
- Archaic. people who are sympathetic to a person or cause.
Origin of inclining
- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for inclining
Inclining to dusk as it was, I knew him at a glance: it was Mr. Lawrence on his grey pony.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
"Till to-morrow, Lise," said Antoine, inclining his head to kiss her.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
For our part, we did what we could to keep the barrels of our muskets from inclining upwards.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
"At Brussels, I believe," she remarked, inclining her head graciously.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Then, leaving it ajar, he stood behind it with bent head and inclining ear.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
- 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 inclining
c.1600, "mental tendency," from incline (v.). The literal meaning "slant, slope" is attested from 1846.
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.