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 for inclination
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inclination \In`cli*na"tion\, n. [L. inclinatio: cf. F.
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     1. The act of inclining, or state of being inclined; a
        leaning; as, an inclination of the head.
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     2. A direction or tendency from the true vertical or
        horizontal direction; as, the inclination of a column, or
        of a road bed.
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     3. A tendency towards another body or point.
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     4. (Geom.) The angle made by two lines or planes; as, the
        inclination of the plane of the earth's equator to the
        plane of the ecliptic is about 23[deg] 28'; the
        inclination of two rays of light.
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     5. A leaning or tendency of the mind, feelings, preferences,
        or will; propensity; a disposition more favorable to one
        thing than to another; favor; desire; love.
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              A mere inclination to a thing is not properly a
              willing of that thing.                --South.
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              How dost thou find the inclination of the people?
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     6. A person or thing loved or admired. --Sir W. Temple.
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     7. (Pharm.) Decantation, or tipping for pouring.
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     Inclination compass, an inclinometer.
     Inclination of an orbit (Astron.), the angle which the
        orbit makes with the ecliptic.
     Inclination of the needle. See Dip of the needle, under
     Syn: Bent; tendency; proneness; bias; proclivity; propensity;
          prepossession; predilection; attachment; desire;
          affection; love. See Bent, and cf. Disposition.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dip \Dip\, n.
     1. The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a
        liquid. "The dip of oars in unison." --Glover.
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     2. Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line;
        slope; pitch.
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     3. a hollow or depression in a surface, especially in the
     4. A liquid, as a sauce or gravy, served at table with a
        ladle or spoon. [Local, U.S.] --Bartlett.
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     5. A dipped candle. [Colloq.] --Marryat.
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     6. A gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the
        performer, resting on his hands, lets his arms bend and
        his body sink until his chin is level with the bars, and
        then raises himself by straightening his arms.
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     7. In the turpentine industry, the viscid exudation, which is
        dipped out from incisions in the trees; as, virgin dip
        (the runnings of the first year), yellow dip (the runnings
        of subsequent years).
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     8. (A["e]ronautics) A sudden drop followed by a climb,
        usually to avoid obstacles or as the result of getting
        into an airhole.
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     9. a liquid, in which objects are soaked by dipping; e.g., a
        parasiticide or insecticide solution into which animals
        are dipped (see sheep-dip).
     10. a sauce into which foods are dipped to enhance the
         flavor; e. g., an onion dip made from sour cream and
         dried onions, into which potato chips are dipped.
     11. a pickpocket. [slang]
     Dip of the horizon (Astron.), the angular depression of the
        seen or visible horizon below the true or natural horizon;
        the angle at the eye of an observer between a horizontal
        line and a tangent drawn from the eye to the surface of
        the ocean.
     Dip of the needle, or Magnetic dip, the angle formed, in
        a vertical plane, by a freely suspended magnetic needle,
        or the line of magnetic force, with a horizontal line; --
        called also inclination.
     Dip of a stratum (Geol.), its greatest angle of inclination
        to the horizon, or that of a line perpendicular to its
        direction or strike; -- called also the pitch.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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" [syn:
           inclination, disposition, tendency]
      2: (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the
         plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees [syn: inclination,
         inclination of an orbit]
      3: (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line
         (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the
         x-axis) [syn: inclination, angle of inclination]
      4: (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the
         plane of the horizon [syn: dip, angle of dip, magnetic
         dip, magnetic inclination, inclination]
      5: that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking; "her
         inclination is for classical music" [ant: disinclination]
      6: 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" [syn: tilt, list,
         inclination, lean, leaning]
      7: 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" [syn: tendency, inclination]
      8: the act of inclining; bending forward; "an inclination of his
         head indicated his agreement" [syn: inclination,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  273 Moby Thesaurus words for "inclination":
     a thing for, affection, affinity, aim, an ear for, an eye for,
     angle, angularity, animus, appetence, appetency, appetite,
     aptitude, aptness, ardor, attitude, azimuth, bag, bank, bearing,
     bend, bending, bending the knee, bent, bevel, bezel, bias, bob,
     bow, bowing, bowing and scraping, cant, capacity for, cascade,
     cast, cataract, character, choice, chosen kind, chute, collapse,
     comedown, command, conation, conatus, conduciveness, constitution,
     course, crash, craving, cup of tea, current, curtsy, debacle,
     decision, declension, declination, defluxion, delight, descending,
     descension, descent, desire, determination, diathesis,
     dipping the colors, direction, direction line, discretion,
     discrimination, disposition, down, downbend, downcome, downcurve,
     downfall, downflow, downgrade, downpour, downrush, downtrend,
     downturn, downward trend, drift, drop, dropping, druthers,
     eagerness, easy slope, eccentricity, enthusiasm, fall, falling,
     fancy, fascination, favor, favoritism, feeling for, felicity,
     fervor, flair, fleam, forejudgment, free choice, free will,
     genius for, gentle slope, genuflection, gift for, glacis, grade,
     gradient, grain, gravitation, hanging gardens, heading, helicline,
     helmsmanship, hillside, homage, idiosyncrasy, incline,
     inclined plane, inclining, individualism, inequality,
     innate aptitude, intention, interest, involvement, jaundice,
     jaundiced eye, kidney, kneeling, kowtow, launching ramp, lay, lean,
     leaning, leaning tower, liability, lie, liking, line,
     line of direction, line of march, list, longing, lust, make,
     makeup, making a leg, mental set, mettle, mind, mind-set, mold,
     mutual affinity, mutual attraction, nature, navigation, nepotism,
     nod, nodding, obeisance, objective, obsequiousness, one-sidedness,
     orientation, parti pris, partialism, partiality, particular choice,
     partisanism, partisanship, passion, penchant, personal choice,
     piloting, pitch, pleasure, plummeting, point, pounce,
     preconception, predilection, predisposition, preference,
     preferential treatment, prejudgment, prejudice, prepossession,
     presenting arms, probability, proclivity, proneness, propensity,
     prostration, quarter, rake, ramp, range, rapids, readiness,
     resolution, reverence, run, salaam, salutation, salute, scarp,
     scrape, sensitivity to, servility, set, sexual desire,
     shelving beach, side, slant, slope, soft spot, stamp,
     standing at attention, steep slope, steerage, steering,
     stiff climb, stomach, stoop, strain, streak, stripe, style,
     submission, submissiveness, susceptibility, swag, sway, swoop,
     sympathy, talus, taste, temper, temperament, tendency, tenor,
     thing, tilt, tilting, tip, tower of Pisa, track, trend, tropism,
     turn, turn for, turn of mind, twist, type, undetachment,
     undispassionateness, unneutrality, velleity, volition, warp,
     waterfall, way, weakness, will, will power, willingness, wish,

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