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in·cli·na·tion / ˌinkləˈnāshən; ˌingklə-/ • n. 1. a person's natural tendency or urge to act or feel in a particular way; a disposition or propensity: John was a scientist by training and inclination | he was free to follow his inclinations. ∎  (inclination for/to/toward) an interest in or liking for (something): Burger King and Wendy's didn't show any inclination to jump into a price war with McDonald's. 2. a slope or slant: changes in inclination of the line on the graph. ∎  a bending of the body or head in a bow: the questioner's inclination of his head. ∎  the dip of a magnetic needle. 3. the angle at which a straight line or plane is inclined to another. ∎  Astron. the angle between the orbital plane of a planet, comet, etc., and the ecliptic, or between the orbital plane of a satellite and the equatorial plane of its primary. ∎ Astron. the angle between the axis of an astronomical object and a fixed reference angle.

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inclination, in astronomy, the angle of intersection between two planes, one of which is an orbital plane. The inclination of the plane of the moon's orbit is 5°9′ with respect to the plane of the ecliptic (the plane of the earth's orbit around the sun). The inclination of the plane of the ecliptic relative to the plane of the earth's equator is 23°27′8.26″; this angle is called the obliquity of the ecliptic.

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inclination The angle between the horizontal and a magnetic vector. Conventionally, a vector with a magnetic north pole dipping below the horizontal is considered positive, and an upward vector is negative.

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