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Pushing a load up a gentle slope requires less effort than lifting it.
A plane set at an angle to the horizontal, especially a simple machine used to raise or lower a load by rolling or sliding.
a plane whose angle to the horizontal is less than a right angle
one of the simple machines, a plane surface inclined to the horizon, or forming with a horizontal plane any angle but a right angle.
A plane surface, such as a ramp, set at an acute angle to a horizontal surface. It is a simple machine because it requires less force to slide or roll a body up the plane than to raise the body vertically. Many tools are based on the principle of the inclined plane, such as the ax, screw, wedge, and chisel.
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|Noun||1.||inclined plane - a simple machine for elevating objects; consists of plane surface that makes an acute angle with the horizontal|
simple machine, machine - a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point
screw - a simple machine of the inclined-plane type consisting of a spirally threaded cylindrical rod that engages with a similarly threaded hole
wedge - something solid that is usable as an inclined plane (shaped like a V) that can be pushed between two things to separate them