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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When I was eventually led to Ralph's room, I thought at first that there was some mistake, for all I saw there was one regular sized bed that through years of hard use had been worn into the shape of a bowl, the steep declivities of the sides leading toward a deep center.
The crystalline shallows below the declivities of the spine and the shoulders dissolve into the puckers of the buttocks, and into the chiselled thighs trembling on nubility.
The rugged section of No Man's Land is the Napali Coast to the northwest, a series of steep, dry, dramatic declivities that run right down to the water.
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.