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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dip  \Dip\,  n. 
  1.  The  action  of  dipping  or  plunging  for  a  moment  into  a 
  liquid.  ``The  dip  of  oars  in  unison.''  --Glover. 
 
  2.  Inclination  downward;  direction  below  a  horizontal  line 
  slope;  pitch. 
 
  3.  A  liquid,  as  a  sauce  or  gravy,  served  at  table  with  a 
  ladle  or  spoon.  [Local,  U.S.]  --Bartlett. 
 
  4.  A  dipped  candle.  [Colloq.]  --Marryat. 
 
  {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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  inclination 
  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:  {disposition}, 
  {tendency}] 
  2:  (astronomy)  the  angle  between  the  plane  of  the  orbit  and  the 
  plane  of  the  ecliptic  stated  in  degrees  [syn:  {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:  {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}] 
  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},  {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}] 
  8:  the  act  of  inclining;  bending  forward;  "an  inclination  of 
  his  head  indicated  his  agreement"  [syn:  {inclining}] 




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