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in·cline

 (ĭn-klīn′)
v. in·clined, in·clin·ing, in·clines
v.tr.
1. To cause (someone) to have a certain tendency: dispose: "His active, daring temperament little inclined him to patient, quiet study" (Harriet Beecher Stowe).
2. To dispose (someone) to have a certain preference or opinion or to take a course of action: I'm inclined to agree with you. Are you inclined to go to out tonight?
3. To cause to lean, slant, or slope: "Galileo ... inclined the plane and rolled brass balls down it" (George Johnson). See Synonyms at slant.
4. To bend or lower in a nod or bow: I inclined my head in acquiescence.
v.intr.
1. To be disposed to a certain preference, opinion, or course of action: Some researchers incline toward a different view of the problem.
2. To deviate from the horizontal or vertical; slant: When the path inclined steeply, it became difficult to continue hiking.
3. To lower or bend the head or body, as in a nod or bow.
n. (ĭn′klīn′)
An inclined surface; a slope or gradient: The car rolled down the incline.

[Middle English enclinen, from Old French encliner, from Latin inclīnāre : in-, into, toward; see in-2 + -clīnāre, to lean; see klei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

in·clin′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inclining - the act of inclining; bending forward; "an inclination of his head indicated his agreement"
movement, motility, motion, move - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
bob - a short abrupt inclination (as of the head); "he gave me a short bob of acknowledgement"
nod - the act of nodding the head
stoop - an inclination of the top half of the body forward and downward
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They had made their little circuit to the left, and were already inclining again toward the right, having, as Heyward thought, got over nearly half the distance to the friendly works, when his ears were saluted with the fierce summons, apparently within twenty feet of them, of:
Legree had been drinking to that degree that he was inclining to be very gracious; and it was about this time that the enclosures of the plantation rose to view.
Resting her elbows on the topmost board, and inclining her little figure forward in delicious ease, she stood there dreaming.
She broke forth as never moon yet burst from cloud: a hand first penetrated the sable folds and waved them away; then, not a moon, but a white human form shone in the azure, inclining a glorious brow earthward.
Peggotty, reverentially inclining his head, 'and we've done nowt but prosper.
As for example; on the question whether 'twas nobler in the mind to suffer, some roared yes, and some no, and some inclining to both opinions said "toss up for it;" and quite a Debating Society arose.