Hypertext Webster Gateway: "inclination"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dip \Dip\, n.
1. The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a
liquid. ``The dip of oars in unison.'' --Glover.

2. Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line;
slope; pitch.

3. A liquid, as a sauce or gravy, served at table with a
ladle or spoon. [Local, U.S.] --Bartlett.

4. A dipped candle. [Colloq.] --Marryat.

{Dip of the horizon} (Astron.), the angular depression of the
seen or visible horizon below the true or natural horizon;
the angle at the eye of an observer between a horizontal
line and a tangent drawn from the eye to the surface of
the ocean.

{Dip of the needle}, or {Magnetic dip}, the angle formed, in
a vertical plane, by a freely suspended magnetic needle,
or the line of magnetic force, with a horizontal line; --
called also {inclination}.

{Dip of a stratum} (Geol.), its greatest angle of inclination
to the horizon, or that of a line perpendicular to its
direction or strike; -- called also the {pitch}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: 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" [syn: {disposition},
2: (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the
plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees [syn: {inclination
of an orbit}]
3: (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line
(measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the
x-axis) [syn: {angle of inclination}]
4: (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the
plane of the horizon [syn: {dip}, {angle of dip}, {magnetic
dip}, {magnetic inclination}]
5: that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking; "her
inclination is for classical music" [ant: {disinclination}]
6: the property possessed by a line or surface that departs
from the vertical; "the tower had a pronounced tilt"; "the
ship developed a list to starboard"; "he walked with a
heavy inclination to the right" [syn: {tilt}, {list}, {lean},
7: 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" [syn: {tendency}]
8: the act of inclining; bending forward; "an inclination of
his head indicated his agreement" [syn: {inclining}]

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