What does incline mean?

Definitions for incline
ɪnˈklaɪn; ˈɪn klaɪn, ɪnˈklaɪnin·cline

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slope, incline, sidenoun

    an elevated geological formation

    "he climbed the steep slope"; "the house was built on the side of a mountain"

  2. ramp, inclineverb

    an inclined surface connecting two levels

  3. tend, be given, lean, incline, runverb

    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"

  4. inclineverb

    bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well

    "He inclined his ear to the wise old man"

  5. inclineverb

    lower or bend (the head or upper body), as in a nod or bow

    "She inclined her head to the student"

  6. slope, incline, pitchverb

    be at an angle

    "The terrain sloped down"

  7. inclineverb

    feel favorably disposed or willing

    "She inclines to the view that people should be allowed to expres their religious beliefs"

  8. dispose, inclineverb

    make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief

    "Their language inclines us to believe them"


  1. inclinenoun

    A slope.

    To reach the building, we had to climb a steep incline.

  2. inclineverb

    To bend or move (something) out of a given plane or direction, often the horizontal or vertical.

  3. inclineverb

    To slope.

    Over the centuries the wind made the walls of the farmhouse incline.

  4. inclineverb

    To tend to do or believe something, or move in a certain direction, away from a point of view, attitude, etc.

  5. Etymology: From encliner (modern incliner), from inclino, from in- + clino (c.f. -cline), from ḱley- (English lean).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Inclineverb

    The timely dew of sleep,
    Now falling with soft slumb'rous weight, inclines
    Our eyelids. John Milton.

    Thus far both armies to Belinda yield;
    Now to the baron fate inclines the field. Alexander Pope.

    A tow'ring structure to the palace join'd;
    To this his steps the thoughtful prince inclin'd. Alexander Pope.

    With due respect my body I inclin'd,
    As to some being of superior kind,
    And made my court. John Dryden, Flower and Leaf.

  2. To INCLINEverb

    Etymology: inclino, Latin; incliner, Fr.

    Her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. Prov. ii. 18.

    Still to this place
    My heart inclines, still hither turn my eyes;
    Hither my feet unbidden find their way. Nicholas Rowe.

    Doth his majesty
    Incline to it, or no?
    ———— He seems indifferent;
    Or rather swaying more upon our part. William Shakespeare, H. V.


  1. incline

    An incline refers to a slope or a slant between two levels or surfaces, typically referring to an upward or a downward tilt or angle. It can also refer to a tendency or leaning towards a particular opinion or a course of action. As a verb, incline also means to feel willing or favorably disposed towards an action, belief, or attitude.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inclineverb

    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. Inclineverb

    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

  3. Inclineverb

    to bow; to incline the head

  4. Inclineverb

    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 right

  5. Inclineverb

    to impart a tendency or propensity to, as to the will or affections; to turn; to dispose; to influence

  6. Inclineverb

    to bend; to cause to stoop or bow; as, to incline the head or the body in acts of reverence or civility

  7. Inclinenoun

    an inclined plane; an ascent o/ descent; a grade or gradient; a slope

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Incline

    in-klīn′, v.i. to lean towards: to deviate from a line towards an object: to be disposed: to have some desire.—v.t. to cause to bend towards: to give a leaning to: to dispose: to bend.—n. an inclined plane: a regular ascent or descent.—adj. Inclin′able, leaning: tending: somewhat disposed.—ns. Inclin′ableness; Inclinā′tion, the act of bending towards: tendency, disposition of mind: natural aptness: favourable disposition, preference, affection: act of bowing: angle between two lines or planes: the angle a line or plane makes with the horizon.—p.adj. Inclined′, bent.—pr.p. and n. Inclin′ing, inclination: (Shak.) side, party.—n. Inclinom′eter, an instrument for measuring the vertical element of the magnetic force.—Inclined plane, one of the so-called mechanical powers, a slope or plane up which may be rolled a weight one could not lift. [Fr.,—L. inclinārein, towards, clināre, to lean.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. incline

    To gain ground to the flank, as well as to the front. Inclining is of great use in the marching of the line in front, to correct any irregularities that may happen. It is equivalent to the quarter facing and to the oblique marching of the infantry. It enables you to gain the enemy’s flank without exposing your own, or without wheeling or altering the parallel front of the company.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of incline in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of incline in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of incline in a Sentence

  1. Don Crawley:

    It was my first visit to this farmers land in Suffolk, after walking up an incline in the field, my Deus detector gave off a strong signal and within a short space of time I had recovered over 93 coins.

  2. Rochelle Walensky:

    I do think in places that we are seeing this really steep incline, that we may well see also a precipitous decline, but we're also a much bigger country than South Africa.

  3. Dan Bulay:

    The 12-3-30 workout is a fantastic workout as well, walking at a high incline at a low intensity has been a staple in the bodybuilding community for decades.

  4. Lisa Marie Wiley:

    I stepped on a bomb on Thanksgiving 2011, the ground was peppered with IEDs( improvised explosive devices) and we went down on an incline and I stepped right on it.

  5. Francis Bacon:

    Universities incline wits to sophistry and affectation.

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