In·cline v. i. [imp. & p. p. Inclined p. pr. & vb. n. Inclining.]
1. To deviate from a line, direction, or course, toward an object; to lean; to tend; as, converging lines incline toward each other; a road inclines to the north or south.
2. Fig.: To lean or tend, in an intellectual or moral sense; to favor an opinion, a course of conduct, or a person; to have a propensity or inclination; to be disposed.
Their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech. --Judges ix. 3.
Power finds its balance, giddy motions cease
In both the scales, and each inclines to peace. --Parnell.
3. To bow; to incline the head.
Syn: -- To lean; slope; slant; tend; bend.
In·clined p. p. & a.
1. Having a leaning or tendency towards, or away from, a thing; disposed or moved by wish, desire, or judgment; as, a man inclined to virtue. “Each pensively inclined.”
2. Math. Making an angle with some line or plane; -- said of a line or plane.
3. Bot. Bent out of a perpendicular position, or into a curve with the convex side uppermost.
Inclined plane. Mech. (a) A plane that makes an oblique angle with the plane of the horizon; a sloping plane. When used to produce pressure, or as a means of moving bodies, it is one of the mechanical powers, so called. (b) Railroad & Canal An inclined portion of track, on which trains or boats are raised or lowered from one level to another.
adj 1: (often followed by `to') having a preference, disposition,
or tendency; "wasn't inclined to believe the excuse";
"inclined to be moody" [syn: inclined(p)] [ant: disinclined]
2: at an angle to the horizontal or vertical position; "an
inclined plane" [ant: horizontal, vertical]
3: having made preparations; "prepared to take risks" [syn: disposed(p),
fain, inclined(p), prepared]
4: used especially of the head or upper back; "a bent head and
sloping shoulders" [syn: bent, bowed]