—v.t. 1. to deviate from the vertical or horizontal; slant.
2. to have a mental tendency, preference, etc.; be disposed: We incline to rest and relaxation these days. 3. to tend, in a physical sense; approximate: The flowers incline toward blue. 4. to tend in character or in course of action: a political philosophy that inclines toward the conservative. 5. to lean; bend.
—v.t. 1. to dispose (a person) in mind, habit, etc. (usually fol. by to): His attitude did not incline me to help him. 2. to bow, nod, or bend (the head, body, etc.): He inclined his head in greeting. 3. to cause to lean or bend in a particular direction.
4. incline one's ear, to listen, esp. willingly or favorably: to incline one's ear to another's plea.
—n. 1. an inclined surface; slope; slant.
2. Railroads. a. Also called inclined plane, in'cline plane". a cable railroad, the gradient of which is approximately 45°.
b. any railroad or portion of a railroad, the gradient of which is too steep for ordinary locomotive adhesion alone to be effective.
3. Mining. a. an angled shaft following a dipping vein.
b. an inclined haulageway.