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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun incline:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb incline:


The word incline and its family (inclination, inclinations,inclined, inclines, inclining) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun incline

What does incline mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: inclines

  1. an elevated geological formation
  2. an inclined surface connecting two levels
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of incline: ramp
    • more generic term: inclined plane = a simple machine for elevating objects
    • more specific term: ski jump = a steep downward ramp from which skiers jump

Alternative definition of the noun incline


  1. A slope.

Specialised definition of the noun incline

Glossary of sports

a slope or slant (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb incline

What does incline mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: inclined | inclining | inclines

  1. have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
    • example: He inclined to corpulence
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of incline: be given / lean / run / tend
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific terms:
  2. bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well
    • example: He inclined his ear to the wise old man
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic terms: hear / listen / take heed = listen and pay attention
  3. lower or bend (the head or upper body), as in a nod or bow
  4. be at an angle
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of incline: pitch / slope
    • more generic words: angle / lean / slant / tilt / tip = to incline or bend from a vertical position
    • more specific words:
      • ascend = slope upwards
      • stoop = sag, bend, bend over or down
      • fall = slope downward
      • climb = slope upward
      • dip = slope downwards
  5. feel favorably disposed or willing
    • example: She inclines to the view that people should be allowed to expres their religious beliefs
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]Mary addicted him
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] to [Stimulus]I addicted him to Douglas Adams
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] to [Stimulus, subject control with -ing]Mary addicted him to going on long journeys

      Addict Verbs (with the same syntax): addict, bias, dispose, invite, predispose, slant, woo.

    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • more generic words: experience / feel = undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
  6. make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief

Alternative definition of the verb incline


  1. [transitive] To bend or move (something) out of a given plane or direction, often the horizontal or vertical.
  2. [intransitive] To slope.
  3. [intransitive] To tend to do or believe something, or move in a certain direction, away from a point of view, attitude, etc.


Incline a.k.a. Incline, California: Incline is an unincorporated community in Mariposa County, California. It is located on the south bank of the Merced River and on the Yosemite Valley Railroad 4 miles west-southwest of El Portal, at an elevation of 1519 feet.

Phrases with Incline

Phrases starting with the word Incline:

  1. incline bench press
  2. Incline Distichium Moss

Phrases ending with the word Incline:

  1. Engizostoma Incline
  2. Species Engizostoma Incline

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Incline

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Google previewEarly Downtown Los Angeles (2009)

by Cory Stargel, Sarah Stargel

Located across from the old courthouse, midway between First and Temple Streets, the incline ascended the hill from Broadway to Court Street. At the top of the incline is an observation tower, known as the Grand View. Court Flight closed ...

Google previewEnglish Synonyms and Antonyms (101-)

by James Champlin Fernald

Incline is a more formal word for tip, and also for slant or slope. To cant is to set slantingly; in many cases tip and cant might be interchanged, but tipis more temporary, often momentary; one tips a pail so that the water flows over the edge; ...

Google previewEnglish Studies: The State of the Discipline, Past, Present, and Future (2014)

by N. Gildea, H. Goodwyn, M. Kitching, H. Tyson, Aymo Brunetti

Scaling higher up the incline is the mainstream scientific response to cognitive literary criticism, which is so minimal that it is virtually non-existent. For example at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society of Neuroscience in San Diego, where ...

Google previewJim Stoppani's Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength, 2E (2014)

by Stoppani, Jim

3-6 Upper- and lower-body training split or two- day training split 2 Choose one incline- and one flat-bench exercise every workout. First: A pressing exercise* Second: A fly-type exercise 6-8 Swap the incline movement from the pressing ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Transportation (2014)

Social Science and Policy by Mark Garrett

Built in1870, the Monongahela Inclineis the oldest continuously operating funicular in the United States and, along with theDuquesne Incline,survives fromtheoriginal 17 funicularsbuilt in Pittsburgh.

Google previewMuscle Exercises Encyclopedia (2012)

by Oscar Moran

Incline Bench Press ........................................ 38 With Dumbbells ...............................................38 With Dumbbells and Outward Twist ......... .........39 3. Decline Bench Press ....................................... 40 With Dumbbells ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1995)

Volume 52 - Solid-Liquid Separation: Clarifiers and Thickeners Selection to Specific Gravity and Specific Heats by John J. McKetta Jr

With a steeper incline, a higher required speed and solids inventory must be maintained to reach an established discharge capacity. At about 45° from horizontal, conveying capacity of a standard screw flight (1:1 pitch/diameter) in a U trough ...

Google previewIconographic Encyclopedia of the Arts and Sciences: Constructive arts and building engineering, by W.H. Wahl (1889)

In this case the cable or band was passed over a drum at the summit of the incline. When the load was to be lifted up the slope instead of being lowered, an endles6 cable or band was employed, which passed over drums located at the top ...

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Quotes about Incline

Duke: I have a motion much imports your good; / Whereto if you'll a willing ear incline, / What's mine is yours, and what is yours is mine. / So, bring us to our palace, where we'll show / What's yet behind that's meet you all should know. (William Shakespeare)
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Scrabble value of I1N1C3L1I1N1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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