declivity


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de·cliv·i·ty

 (dĭ-klĭv′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. de·cliv·i·ties
A downward slope, as of a hill.

[Latin dēclīvitās, from dēclīvis, sloping down : dē-, de- + clīvus, slope; see klei- in Indo-European roots.]

declivity

(dɪˈklɪvɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
a downward slope, esp of the ground. Compare acclivity
[C17: from Latin dēclīvitās, from de- + clīvus a slope, hill]
deˈclivitous adj

de•cliv•i•ty

(dɪˈklɪv ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
a downward slope (opposed to acclivity).
[1605–15; < Latin dēclīvitās a slope, hill =dēclīvi(s) sloping downward (dē- de- + -clīvis, adj. derivative of clīvus slope, hill) + -tās -ty2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.declivity - a downward slope or bend
downhill - the downward slope of a hill
incline, slope, side - an elevated geological formation; "he climbed the steep slope"; "the house was built on the side of a mountain"
steep - a steep place (as on a hill)

declivity

noun
A downward slope or distance:
Translations

declivity

[dɪˈklɪvɪtɪ] Ndeclive m

declivity

References in classic literature ?
Not the height, it is the declivity that is terrible!
Those who are seated in the carriage do not observe that they are doing down a declivity of twenty to twenty-five degrees
Pres- ently, when Sandy slid from the horse, motioned me to stop, and went creeping stealthily, with her head bent nearly to her knees, toward a row of bushes that bordered a declivity, the thumpings grew stronger and quicker.
The flat top of the mountain may have had about twenty feet in breadth at this point, and, on the other side, the slope presented a less declivity.
The smoke of his rifle betrayed him, and I was no sooner on my feet than he was off his and rolling down the declivity.
This little troop of our countrymen were upon the declivity of a hill near a wood; above them stood the Abyssins, who resolved to remain quiet spectators of the battle, and to declare themselves on that side which should be favoured with victory.
Our columns ought to have begun to appear on an open declivity to his right.
As best I could, I stumbled after him down a steep declivity beginning at the forest's edge.
The declivity of the upper surface, from the circumference to the centre, is the natural cause why all the dews and rains, which fall upon the island, are conveyed in small rivulets toward the middle, where they are emptied into four large basins, each of about half a mile in circuit, and two hundred yards distant from the centre.
Recovering her reserve she sat without replying, and thus they reached the summit of another declivity.
Beyond was a steep declivity to the shore of a placid, inland sea, upon the quiet surface of which lay several beautiful islands.
But before the obstacle they were approaching, Vronsky began working at the reins, anxious to avoid having to take the outer circle, and swiftly passed Mahotin just upon the declivity.