(?), n. [L. inclinatio: cf. F. inclination.]
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1. The act of inclining, or state of being inclined; a leaning; as, an inclination of the head.
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2. A direction or tendency from the true vertical or horizontal direction; as, the inclination of a column, or of a road bed.
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3. A tendency towards another body or point.
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4. (Geom.) The angle made by two lines or planes; as, the inclination of the plane of the earth's equator to the plane of the ecliptic is about 23 28; the inclination of two rays of light.
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5. A leaning or tendency of the mind, feelings, preferences, or will; propensity; a disposition more favorable to one thing than to another; favor; desire; love.
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A mere inclination to a thing is not properly a willing of that thing.
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How dost thou find the inclination of the people?
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6. A person or thing loved or admired. Sir W. Temple.
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7. (Pharm.) Decantation, or tipping for pouring.
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Inclination compass, an inclinometer. -- Inclination of an orbit (Astron.), the angle which the orbit makes with the ecliptic. -- Inclination of the needle. See Dip of the needle, under Dip.

Syn. -- Bent; tendency; proneness; bias; proclivity; propensity; prepossession; predilection; attachment; desire; affection; love. See Bent, and cf. Disposition.
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