Inclination

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  • the act of inclining; bending forward; "an inclination of his head indicated his agreement"
  • a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect; "the alkaline inclination of the local waters"; "fabric with a tendency to shrink"
  • the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical; "the tower had a pronounced tilt"; "the ship developed a list to starboard"; "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right"
  • an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict"
  • that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking; "her inclination is for classical music"
  • (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)
  • (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees
  • (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon

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  • an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict" ,
  • (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees ,
  • (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis) ,
  • (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon ,
  • that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking; "her inclination is for classical music" ,
  • the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical; "the tower had a pronounced tilt"; "the ship developed a list to starboard"; "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right" ,
  • a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect; "the alkaline inclination of the local waters"; "fabric with a tendency to shrink" ,
  • the act of inclining; bending forward; "an inclination of his head indicated his agreement"

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Inclination Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Orbital inclination is a term for the angle between two orbital planes. It is often used to describe the movement of celestial bodies such as stars and planets. In that context, one of the planes is the standard, or reference. Many stars are in a galaxy that has a galactic plane which is used as reference. For a planet's orbit, the inclination is the angle to the ecliptic plane. For a moon, an inclination of 0 degrees means the orbiting body orbits the planet in its equatorial plane, in the same direction as the planet rotates.



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* Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. - Reinhold Niebuhr

* A man ought to read just as inclination leads him for what he reads as a task will do him little good. - Samuel Johnson

* Always set high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you. - Samuel Johnson


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