From OF. encliner (modern incliner), from L. inclinare.
(verb): AHD|ÄnklÄ«n', IPA|/ÉªnËklaÉªn/, SAMPA|/In"klaIn/
(noun): AHD|Än'klÄ«n, IPA|/ËÉªn.klaÉªn/, SAMPA|/"InklaIn?/
- transitive To bend or move (something) out of a given plane or direction, often the horizontal or vertical.
#:He had to incline his body against the gusts to avoid being blown down in the storm.
#:The people following the coffin inclined their heads in grief.
- intransitive To slope.
#:Over the centuries the wind made the walls of the farmhouse incline.
- intransitive To tend to do or believe something, or move in a certain direction, away from a point of view, attitude, etc.
#:He inclines to believe anything he reads in the newspapers.
#:I'm inclined to give up smoking after hearing of the risks to my health.
#*'Usage note: In this sense incline'' is usually used in the passive voice.
trans-top|bend (something) out of a given plane or direction
trans-top|to tend to do or believe something
- A slope.
#:To reach the building, we had to climb a steep incline.
- inclined, prone