incline

1. verb /ɪnˈklaɪn,ˈɪn.klaɪn/
a) To bend or move (something) out of a given plane or direction, often the horizontal or vertical.

He had to incline his body against the gusts to avoid being blown down in the storm.

b) To slope.

The people following the coffin inclined their heads in grief.

2. noun /ɪnˈklaɪn,ˈɪn.klaɪn/

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


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  • incliné — incliné, ée [ ɛ̃kline ] adj. • encliné 1534; de incliner 1 ♦ Placé dans une position oblique. (Par rapport au plan horizontal). Toits très inclinés. ⇒ pentu. (Par rapport au plan vertical). Dossier d un siège en position inclinée. « Il avait la… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Incline — 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 right. [1913 Webster] Incline thine ear, O Lord, and hear. Is …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incliné — incliné, ée (in kli né, née) part. passé d incliner. 1°   Qui fait un angle par rapport à une certaine direction. •   Cette ligne, qui fait le milieu de la bande du nouveau continent, est inclinée à l équateur d environ 30 degrés, BUFF. Hist. nat …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • incline — vb 1 lean, *slant, slope Analogous words: bend, *curve: *swerve, veer, deviate: deflect, *turn 2 Incline, bias, dispose, predispose mean to influence one to take a stated or implied attitude to something or to someone or to ha …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Incline — 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.] [1913 Webster] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incline — [n] slope acclivity, approach, ascent, cant, declivity, descent, dip, grade, gradient, inclination, lean, leaning, plane, ramp, rise, slant, tilt; concept 738 incline [v1] tend toward affect, be disposed, bend, be partial, be predisposed, be… …   New thesaurus

  • incline — index convince, desire, dispose (incline), gravitate, lobby, motivate, preconceive, prompt, slant …   Law dictionary

  • incliné — Incliné, [inclin]ée. part. Corps incliné. la teste inclinée …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • incline — [in klīn′; ] for n., usually [ in′klīn΄] vi. inclined, inclining [ME enclinen < OFr encliner < L inclinare < in , on, to + clinare, to LEAN1] 1. to deviate from a horizontal or vertical position, course, etc.; lean; slope; slant 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • Incline — In*cline , n. An inclined plane; an ascent or descent; a grade or gradient; a slope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Incline — Incline, inclined, inclining, or inclination may refer to:* Inclined plane * Inclination (and a novella of the same name) * cable hauled railways * Inclined loop * Inclined rig * Inclined soles * Inclined tower * Inclining test * Slope …   Wikipedia

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