Slope of a mountain (range); general slope of a region.
Architecture, recede as it rises (of a wall) Batter rule, plumb-line of such walls, falling within base.
1 > A building in which commercial banking is transacted | SYN: bank building.
2 > A small, hollow object in which one keeps one's money SYN. piggybank.
3 > The funds held by a gambling house or the dealer in some gambling games
4 > A flight maneuver; aircraft tips laterally about its longitudinal axis (especially in turning).
5 > A long ridge or pile
6 > A slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force | SYN: cant, camber.
7 > A supply or stock held in reserve especially for future use (especially in emergencies).
8 > An arrangement of similar objects in a row or in tiers
9 > Sloping land (especially the slope beside a body of water)
ETYM C. French biveau, earlier buveau, Spanish baivel; of unknown origin. Related to Bevile.
1 > A hand tool consisting of two rules that are hinged together so one can draw or measure angles of any size | SYN: bevel square.
2 > Two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees | SYN: cant, camfer.
ETYM French biasis, perh. from Late Lat. bifax two-faced; Latin bis + facies face. Related to Bi-, Face.
1 > A uniform or systematic deviation from a point of reference.
2 > In mathematics, an indication of the amount by which the average of a group of values deviates from a reference value.
3 > In electronics, a voltage applied to a transistor or other electronic device to establish a reference level for its operation.
4 > In communications, a type of distortion in the length of transmitted bits, caused by a lag that occurs as voltage builds up or falls off each time the signal changes from 0; to 1; or vice versa.
Tendency to a one-sided view; prejudice. Bias does not necessarily lie in what is said or written; omission of detail that does not suit the argument or intention of the speaker or writer is also a manifestation of bias.
A partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation | SYN: prejudice.
An inadequacy in experimental design that leads to results or conclusions not representative of the population under study.
ETYM Of. cambre bent, curved; akin to French cambrer to vault, to bend, from Latin camerare to arch over, from camera vault, arch. Related to Chamber, Camerate.
Slight arch or convexity to a beam or deck of a ship.
1 > A slight convexity (as of the surface of a road).
2 > The alignment of the wheels of a motor vehicle closer together at the bottom than at the top.
1 > A characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves) | SYN: jargon, slang, lingo, argot, patois, vernacular.
2 > Insincere talk about religion or morals | SYN: pious platitude.
Inclination; bias; prejudice; bias.
ETYM French descente, from descendre; like vente, from vendre. Related to Descend.
1 > A downward slope | SYN: declivity, fall, decline, downslope.
2 > A movement downward.
3 > The act of changing one's location in a downward direction.
4 > The kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors | SYN: line of descent, lineage, filiation.
The angle and direction in which a bed of rock is inclined to the horizontal. Rocks that are dipping have usually been affected by folding.
1 > A depression in an otherwise level surface.
2 > A brief swim in water | SYN: plunge.
3 > A brief immersion.
4 > (Physics) The angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon | SYN: angle of dip, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination, inclination.
5 > Tasty mixture or liquid into which bite-sized foods are dipped.
1 > A movement downward
2 > A sudden decline in strength or number or importance | SYN: downfall.
3 > A lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity
4 > The season when the leaves fall from the trees | SYN: autumn.
5 > (Sports) When a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat | SYN: pin.
ETYM French grade, Latin gradus step, pace, grade, from gradi to step, go. Related to Congress, Degree, Gradus.
1 > A relative position or degree of value in a graded group | SYN: level, tier.
2 > The gradient of a slope or road or other surface.
3 > The height of the ground on which something stands | SYN: ground level.
A smooth progression of colors and shades, usually from one color to another color, or from one shade to another shade of the same color.
On a graph, the slope of a straight or curved line. The slope of a curve at any given point is represented by the slope of the tangent at that point.
1 > A graded change in the magnitude of some physical quantity or dimension.
2 > The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal | SYN: slope.
ETYM Cf. French incidence.
1 > The relative frequency of occurrence of something | SYN: relative incidence.
2 > The striking of a light beam on a surface.
ETYM Latin inclinatio: cf. French inclination.
1 > An attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others | SYN: disposition, tendency.
2 > That toward which one is inclined to feel a liking.
3 > The act of inclining; bending forward | SYN: inclining.
4 > (Geometry) The angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis) | SYN: angle of inclination.
5 > (Astronomy) The angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees | SYN: inclination of an orbit.
Angle between horizon and magnetic needle moving vertically; magnetic dip.
Angle between the ecliptic and the plane of the orbit of a planet, asteroid, or comet. In the case of satellites orbiting a planet, it is the angle between the plane of orbit of the satellite and the equator of the planet.
ETYM Latin inflexio; cf. French inflexion. Related to Inflect. Or inflexion; In grammatical analysis, an ending or other element in a word that indicates its grammatical function (whether plural or singular, masculine or feminine, subject or object, and so on). In a highly inflected language like Latin, nouns, verbs, and adjectives have many inflectional endings (for example, in the word amabunt the base am means “love” and the complex abunt indicates the kind of verb, the future tense, indicative mood, active voice, third person, and plurality). English has few inflections: for example, the s for plural forms (as in the books) and for the third person singular of verbs (as in He runs). A change in the form of a word (usually by adding a suffix) to indicate a change in its grammatical function | SYN: inflexion.
1 > A band or strip of material: as listel; selvage; a narrow strip of wood cut from the edge of a board
2; An arena for combat (as jousting); a field of competition or controversy
3 > Stripe
4 > A deviation from the vertical; tilt; also; the extent of such a deviation
ETYM Old Eng. pich, as. pic, Latin pix.
1 > Any of various dark heavy viscid substances obtained as a residue | SYN: tar.
2 > The action or manner of throwing something.
3 > The throwing of a baseball by a pitcher to a batter | SYN: delivery.
4 > The property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration.
5 > Degree of deviation from a horizontal plane | SYN: rake, slant.
6 > A high approach shot in golf | SYN: pitch shot.
7 > (British) A vendor's position (especially on the sidewalk).
8 > An all-fours card game in which the first card led is a trump | SYN: auction pitch.
1 > Inclination from the perpendicular; especially; the overhang of a ship's bow or stern
2 > Inclination from the horizontal; slope
3 > The angle between the top cutting surface of a tool and a plane perpendicular to the surface of the work
4 > A dissolute man in fashionable society | SYN: profligate, rip, blood, roue.
5 > The inclination of a mast or another part of a ship.
1 > An inclined surface or roadway that moves traffic from one level to another | SYN: incline.
2 > Another name for an inclined plane, a slope used as a simple machine.
3 > The act or an instance of ramping
4 > Apron
An escarpment; steep drop; cliff.
A biased way of looking at or presenting something | SYN: angle.
ETYM Formed (like abode from abide) from Old Eng. slipen. Related to Slip. Another name for gradient. An elevated geological formation | SYN: incline, side.
ETYM Old Eng. telt (perhaps from the Danish), teld, as. teld, geteld; akin to od. telde, German zelt, Icel. tjald, Swed. tält, tjäll, Dan. telt, and as. beteldan to cover.
1 > A slight but noticeable partiality.
2 > The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical | SYN: list, inclination, lean, leaning.
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