The ladies watched now in deep suspense; inclining to hope, yet dreading the worst.
I replied that the chances were pretty even, inclining, if anything, to the negative.
The middle row was set straight, the other two rows five or six feet from it and inclining toward it like wigwam-poles.
He was short in stature, inclining to be stout, strenuous and bold.
I was considerably annoyed, because it seemed like inclining to England, and relinquishing all hopes of France.
inclining to dusk as it was, I knew him at a glance: it was Mr. Lawrence on his grey pony.
Having then crossed the fortifications, he expels from the camp the crowd who were dismayed and inclining towards one direction.
"Till to-morrow, Lise," said Antoine, inclining his head to kiss her.
This is effected by inclining it downward every day, a piece of rattan or vine being used to retain it in position.
For our part, we did what we could to keep the barrels of our muskets from inclining upwards.
c.1300, "to bend or bow toward," from Old French encliner, from Latin inclinare "to cause to lean; bend, incline, turn, divert," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + clinare "to bend," from PIE *klei-n-, suffixed form of *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Metaphoric sense of "have a mental disposition toward" is early 15c. in English (but existed in classical Latin). Related: Inclined; inclining.
c.1600, "mental tendency," from incline (v.). The literal meaning "slant, slope" is attested from 1846.