What is inclination?

  • (noun): A characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect.
    Example: "The alkaline inclination of the local waters"
    Synonyms: tendency
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on inclination, inclinations:

Sources of Variation - Inclination and Ground Track
... Orbital inclination is the angle formed between the plane of an orbit and the equatorial plane of the Earth ... the ground track will range from –i to i, where i is the orbital inclination ... In other words, the greater the inclination of a satellite's orbit, the further north and south its ground track will pass ...
109 Piscium B
... orbit is insufficient to constrain the parameters, so the true inclination and mass remain unknown ... A more plausible suggestion is that this planet shares its star's inclination, of of 69+21 −26° ...
Gliese 3021 B
... that the usual inability to determine the orbital inclination of an extrasolar planet through radial velocity measurement had caused this mass to be severely underestimated ... The astrometric orbit gives an orbital inclination of 11.8° and a mass of 16 Jupiter masses, which would make the object a brown dwarf ... determine astrometric orbits for substellar companions, which means the inclination (and hence the true mass) of the planet are still unknown ...
Minimum Mass
... measuring changes in the movement of stars in the line-of-sight, so the real orbital inclinations and true masses of the planets are generally unknown ... If inclination can be determined, the true mass can be obtained from the calculated minimum mass using the following relationship For orbiting bodies in extrasolar stellar and planetary systems, an ...
HD 210277 B
... Hipparcos astrometrical satellite, that the planet would have an inclination of 175.8° and a true mass of 18 times Jupiter making it a brown dwarf ... later proved useful only for upper limits of inclination ... disk, which seems a plausible assumption, it would have an inclination of 40° and an absolute mass of 2.2 times Jupiter, however later observations failed to confirm the disk's existence ...

More definitions of "inclination":

  • (noun): The act of inclining; bending forward.
    Example: "An inclination of his head indicated his agreement"
    Synonyms: inclining
  • (noun): (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis).
    Synonyms: angle of inclination
  • (noun): That toward which you are inclined to feel a liking.
    Example: "Her inclination is for classical music"
  • (noun): The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical.
    Example: "He walked with a heavy inclination to the right"
    Synonyms: tilt, list, lean, leaning
  • (noun): (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees.
    Synonyms: inclination of an orbit
  • (noun): An attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others.
    Example: "He had an inclination to give up too easily"
    Synonyms: disposition, tendency

Famous quotes containing the word inclination:

    The inclination to self-depreciation, to freely accepting being robbed, being duped, and being swindled, could be the modesty of a god among men.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    It is impossible for us to love anything without some respect to ourselves; and we only consult our own inclination and our own pleasure when we prefer our friends to ourselves. And yet this preference is the only thing that can render friendship perfect and sincere.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680)

    It is impossible that had Buonaparte descended from a race of vegetable feeders that he could have had either the inclination or the power to ascend the throne of the Bourbons.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)