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Declivity meaning

declivity - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. A descending surface; a sloping place.
  2. 2. Deviation from a horizontal line; gradual descent of surface; inclination downward; slope; - opposed to acclivity, or ascent; the same slope, considered as descending, being a declivity, which, considered as ascending, is an acclivity.
  3. 3. Decliviteus.
  4. 4. Inclination downward; slope.

declivity - examples of usage

  1. The depth was not great nor the declivity sharp; but the surface was formed of blocks of ice, like the collections of big stones you sometimes encounter on the sides of mountains near the base; and I had again and again to fetch a compass so as to gain a smaller block down which to drop, till I was close to the vessel, and here the snow had piled and frozen into a smooth face. - "The Frozen Pirate", W. Clark Russell.
  2. These points I recollect; likewise the maddening and maddened motion of our vessel, sliding towards it down one midnight declivity to another. - "The Frozen Pirate", W. Clark Russell.
  3. He had been sitting on the ground on the other side of the declivity, and had been watching their manoeuvres for some time. - "Two Little Confederates", Thomas Nelson Page.
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