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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ It is a natural inclination and instinct to want our effort recognised and appreciated.
▪ His natural inclination is to stay as close to the slope as possible, because it feels safer and more secure.
▪ The region's natural inclination, like that of a bicycle, is to be unstable.
▪ Lettie purposely lingered behind Patrice, fighting off her natural inclination to simply ignore the woman and brush past her.
▪ Though her natural inclination was to turn round and zoom straight back again, Mildred could see that there was no escape.
▪ The natural inclination is to increase the dosage to continue the benefits.
▪ Cranmer's natural inclination was for compromise and mercy.
▪ My natural inclination would be to accede to his motion.
▪ Others will prefer a curriculum with no evident pattern beyond personal inclination or skills.
▪ Depending upon the personal inclinations and training of the various individuals involved, all three courses were more or less pursued simultaneously.
▪ Yet, again there is the contrast between personal inclinations and social norms.
▪ Picosso, who is also male, shows no such inclinations.
▪ He adds that he wants to grow up, but then shows absolutely no inclination to do so.
▪ This is not entirely the result of political control, since the privately owned press shows no greater inclination towards investigative journalism.
▪ He claimed Stockton and Langbaurgh had shown no inclination to negotiate and only Middlesbrough had demonstrated any flexibility.
▪ Neither of my children showed the merest inclination to follow me into journalism or television.
▪ The landed nobility showed no inclination to build bridges with urban property-owners, let alone workers and peasants.
▪ The coroner had not got where he was by thinking, and he showed no inclination to start on this occasion.
▪ a 62-degree inclination
▪ Diana's inevitable inclination was to imitate Sarah.
▪ For Suzuki adherents, music is an inclination innate in all of us.
▪ Lettie purposely lingered behind Patrice, fighting off her natural inclination to simply ignore the woman and brush past her.
▪ She refused to let him drive, and she had no time - no inclination? - for making love with him.
▪ She showed no inclination whatsoever to go forward.
▪ The region's natural inclination, like that of a bicycle, is to be unstable.
▪ With an inclination to believe in archetypes of goodness.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dip \Dip\, n.

  1. The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a liquid. ``The dip of oars in unison.''

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

  3. a hollow or depression in a surface, especially in the ground.

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

  5. A dipped candle. [Colloq.]

  6. A gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the performer, resting on his hands, lets his arms bend and his body sink until his chin is level with the bars, and then raises himself by straightening his arms.

  7. In the turpentine industry, the viscid exudation, which is dipped out from incisions in the trees; as, virgin dip (the runnings of the first year), yellow dip (the runnings of subsequent years).

  8. (A["e]ronautics) A sudden drop followed by a climb, usually to avoid obstacles or as the result of getting into an airhole.

  9. a liquid, in which objects are soaked by dipping; e.g., a parasiticide or insecticide solution into which animals are dipped (see sheep-dip).

  10. a sauce into which foods are dipped to enhance the flavor; e. g., an onion dip made from sour cream and dried onions, into which potato chips are dipped.

  11. a pickpocket. [slang]

    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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"condition of being mentally disposed" (to do something), late 14c., from Middle French inclination (14c.) and directly from Latin inclinationem (nominative inclinatio) "a leaning, bending," figuratively "tendency, bias, favor," noun of action from past participle stem of inclinare (see incline). Meaning "action of bending toward" (something) is from early 15c. That of "amount of a slope" is from 1799.


n. 1 A physical tilt or bend 2 A slant or slope 3 (senseid en mental tendency)A mental tendency 4 (context geometry English) The angle of intersection of a reference plane 5 (context obsolete English) A person or thing loved or admired.

  1. n. 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, tendency]

  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, leaning]

  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]

Inclination (disambiguation)

Inclination is the angle between a reference plane and the orbital plane.

Inclination may also refer to:

  • Inclination (ethics), an examination of desire in the context of moral worthiness
  • Inclination (novella), a science fiction novella by William Shunn
Inclination (ethics)

Aristotle defined inclination in the first paragraph of Metaphysics with the statement "all men by their nature, desire to know." Thomas Aquinas proposed that humans have four natural inclinations - a natural inclination to preservation (life), an inclination to sexual reproduction (procreation), sociability, and knowledge. Inclination in the modern philosophy of ethics is viewed in the context of morality, or moral worth.

Inclination (novella)

"Inclination" is a science fiction novella by William Shunn. It appeared in the April/May 2006 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction. It was nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards in 2007.

The story concerns a young stevedore named Jude who lives on a giant space station in the far future. Jude belongs to a small religious sect that eschews advanced technology, a belief that comes into conflict with practicality when advancement at work depends on biomodifications.

"Inclination" is part of Shunn's " Netherview Station" story series, which also includes "The Practical Ramifications of Interstellar Packet Loss" and " Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites."

The text is available online at Asimov's.

Usage examples of "inclination".

George III was to turn forty-seven on June 4, which made him two years younger than Adams, and though taller, he had a comparable inclination to corpulence.

We breakfasted together, and having asked him as we were at table for what profession he felt an inclination, he answered that he was disposed to do anything to earn an honourable living.

Yet Jemima could not help doubting whether Burgo Smyth himself had the opportunity to carry out such a deed let alone the inclination, which was another matter altogether.

The mesial axis of the os calcis is almost directly vertical, with a slight forward inclination, forming a right angle with the bones in front of the mediotarsal joint.

The Guiccioli was to him a Myrrha, but the Carbonari were around, and in the controversy, in which Sardanapalus is engaged, between the obligations of his royalty and his inclinations for pleasure, we have a vivid insight of the cogitation of the poet, whether to take a part in the hazardous activity which they were preparing, or to remain in the seclusion and festal repose of which he was then in possession.

The spectator who casts a mournful view over the ruins of ancient Rome, is tempted to accuse the memory of the Goths and Vandals, for the mischief which they had neither leisure, nor power, nor perhaps inclination, to perpetrate.

Against every reasonable inclination, Lord Diegan presided over commands shouted through a misery of rainfall as the crack Etarran divisions he had personally selected to protect his prince were split off and turned back to Rathain.

Scoliosis may be a cervicodorsal, dorsolumbar, or lumbosacral curve, and the inclination of the vertebral column may be to the right or left.

It is chiefly when the land pitches in different directions, and with varying inclination, that only a person skilled in the arrangement of drains, or one who will give much consideration to the subject, can effect the greatest economy by avoiding unnecessary complication, and secure the greatest efficiency by adjusting the drains to the requirements of the land.

The First Consul knew it, just as he well knew that Hortense had a great inclination for Duroc, who did not fully return it.

The stiff edges, being forced slightly apart by the inclination of the body, come back into contact with a sharp click, similar to that emitted by the elytra of certain beetles.

The popular dissensions, founded on the most serious interest, or holy pretence, have scarcely equalled the obstinacy of this wanton discord, which invaded the peace of families, divided friends and brothers, and tempted the female sex, though seldom seen in the circus, to espouse the inclinations of their lovers, or to contradict the wishes of their husbands.

He knew quite well what bent his inclination toward visiting the Chateau de Montalais just once before effecting, what he was resolved upon, a complete evanishment from the ken of its people.

Although stress had undone inclination and appetite, Arithon wrapped himself in the damp folds of his cloak and pursued the chore of addressing survival and sustenance.

I am in no need of begging you, for I think that your action followed only your inclination and consequently your greatest pleasure.