In`cli*na"tion (?), n. [L. inclinatio: cf. F. inclination.]


The act of inclining, or state of being inclined; a leaning; as, an inclination of the head.


A direction or tendency from the true vertical or horizontal direction; as, the inclination of a column, or of a road bed.


A tendency towards another body or point

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�xb7;; the inclination of two rays of light.


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.

A mere inclination to a thing is not properly a willing of that thing. South.

How dost thou find the inclination of the people? Shak.


A person or thing loved or admired.

Sir W. Temple.

7. Pharm.

Decantation, or tipping for pouring.

Inclination compass, an inclinometer. -- Inclination of an orbit Astron., the angle which the orbit makes 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.


© Webster 1913.

Originally noded mis-scanned as Inclinnation. Bad, naughty Webster 1913, you must be spanked. - Ed.