declivity

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declivity

[də′kliv·əd·ē]
(geology)
A slope descending downward from a point of reference.
A downward deviation from the horizontal.
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As you explore its gentle slopes and declivities, you encounter fragments of other recent buildings: an architectural promenade through space and time.
But there are also shallower declivities and undulations, and for Tolkien, in these cases of 'hollow' and 'fold', the appropriate relationship between signifier and signified is sometimes a shifting one, as is apparent in the following extract:
Mr Richard Tudor Owen of Meoles Brace had brought his motor car for repairs and was about to take it into a works which stood on a steep incline in Water Lane off Castle Street when he lost control of the vehicle which dashed down the declivities at a terrific pace, smashing a couple of wooden posts under an old archway and bounding across the footpath into the river Severn.
The increase in roughness of the used surface on the small scale, as detected by AFM, may be partly due to the striations, but is also to do with the capture of mineral particles, mainly calcium carbonate but with a little titanium dioxide, in the rough declivities of the surface.
spillways: pushed mounds, scraped declivities, tread ruts from huge
He declines to speculate that there might be something in human affairs that succeeds better than success itself His deepest and most resonant implication is that there is a secret to success which is within the reach of every society: as long as they realize the saddle-shaped declivities in their social infrastructures can be filled and rounded, a way can be found to express the will.
It was known that they stretched down the declivities on the mountainsides like rivers of ice; that the end in the valley melted in the summer and refroze in the winter; that in advancing and retreating at the valley end, the glaciers scraped rocks, since the pebbles frozen into the bottom of the glaciers gouged striations into those rocks.