|1.||[ noun ] an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others|
"he had an inclination to give up too easily" "a tendency to be too strict"
|Related terms:||attitude direction sympathy disfavor Call bent favor drift perseveration proclivity devices predisposition literalism denominationalism impartiality partiality favoritism tend dispose|
|2.||[ noun ] (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)|
|Related terms:||angle geometry|
|3.||[ noun ] (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees|
|Related terms:||angle astronomy|
|4.||[ noun ] (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon|
|Synonyms:||angle_of_dip magnetic_dip magnetic_inclination dip|
|Related terms:||angle physics|
|5.||[ noun ] that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking|
"her inclination is for classical music"
|Related terms:||disinclination liking leaning stomach undertow tend|
|6.||[ noun ] a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect|
: "the alkaline inclination of the local waters" "fabric with a tendency to shrink"
|Related terms:||disposition desire electronegativity stainability tend|
|7.||[ noun ] the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical|
|Synonyms:||list leaning lean tilt|
"the tower had a pronounced tilt" "the ship developed a list to starboard" "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right"
|Related terms:||position lean lean list|
|8.||[ noun ] the act of inclining; bending forward|
"an inclination of his head indicated his agreement"
|Related terms:||motion stoop nod bob incline|