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inclination,

in astronomy, the angle of intersection between two planes, one of which is an orbital plane. The inclination of the plane of the moon's orbit is 5°9' with respect to the plane of the ecliptic (the plane of the earth's orbit around the sun). The inclination of the plane of the ecliptic relative to the plane of the earth's equator is 23°27'8.26"; this angle is called the obliquity of the ecliptic.

inclination

1. Symbol: i . The angle between the orbital plane of a celestial body and a reference plane. For a planet or comet the reference plane is the plane of the ecliptic, for a satellite it is the primary's equatorial plane, and for a double star it is the plane of the sky. Inclination is one of the orbital elements and varies between 0 and 180°, being less than 90° for a body with direct motion.
2. (axial inclination) The angle between the rotational axis of a body and a line perpendicular to its orbital plane. See also Tables 1–3, backmatter.

Inclination

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

An inclination is the angle at which two planes cross. In astrology, it is used to refer to the movement of a celestial body to a position other than the one occupied at birth.

inclination

[‚iŋ·klə′nā·shən]
(geology)
The angle at which a geological body or surface deviates from the horizontal or vertical; often used synonymously with dip.
(geophysics)
In magnetic inclination, the dip angle of the earth's magnetic field. Also known as magnetic dip.
(mathematics)
The inclination of a line in a plane is the angle made with the positive x axis.
The inclination of a line in space with respect to a plane is the smaller angle the line makes with its orthogonal projection in the plane.
The inclination of a plane with respect to a given plane is the smaller of the dihedral angles which it makes with the given plane.
(science and technology)
Angular deviation of a direction or surface from the true vertical or horizontal.
The angle which a direction or surface makes with the vertical or horizontal.
A surface which deviates from the vertical or horizontal.

inclination

The angle which a line or surface makes with the vertical, horizontal, or with another line or surface.

inclination

As it pertains to meteorology, the angle between an isobar and the wind or airflow at a given point.

inclination

1. Maths
a. the angle between a line on a graph and the positive limb of the x-axis
b. the smaller dihedral angle between one plane and another
2. Astronomy the angle between the plane of the orbit of a planet or comet and another plane, usually that of the ecliptic
3. Physics another name for dip
References in classic literature ?
Encouraged by his opinion, Alice did what her pious inclinations, and her keen relish for gentle sounds, had before so strongly urged.
I have not had so many opportunities of estimating the minuter propensities of his mind, his inclinations and tastes, as you have; but I have the highest opinion in the world of his goodness and sense.
But the inclination for a run, encouraged by confidence in his luck, and by a draught of brandy from his pocket-pistol at the conclusion of the bargain, was not easy to overcome, especially with a horse under him that would take the fences to the admiration of the field.
Even our digestion is governed by angels," said Blake; and if you will resist the trivial inclination to substitute "bad angels," is there really any greater mystery than the process by which beef is turned into brains, and beer into beauty?
She entered the room with an air more than usually ungracious, made no other reply to Elizabeth's salutation than a slight inclination of the head, and sat down without saying a word.
It is fortunate that your inclination and your father's convenience should accord so well.
But the usual fate of Anne attended her, in having something very opposite from her inclination fixed on.
There is in man's nature, a secret inclination and motion, towards love of others, which if it be not spent upon some one or a few, doth naturally spread itself towards many, and maketh men become humane and charitable; as it is seen sometime in friars.
But if the men of property in the state are but few, and their property is large, then an oligarchy of the second sort will take place; for those who have most power will think that they have a right to lord it over the others; and, to accomplish this, they will associate to themselves some who have an inclination for public affairs, and as they are not powerful enough to govern without law, they will make a law for that purpose.
But I was secured in this point, for as I had no inclination to change, so I had no manner of acquaintance in the whole house, and so no temptation to look any farther.
I have an inclination to get money, sir,' said Pancks, 'if you will show me how.
I follow another, easier, and to my mind wiser course, and that is to rail at the frivolity of women, at their inconstancy, their double dealing, their broken promises, their unkept pledges, and in short the want of reflection they show in fixing their affections and inclinations.