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incline (one's) ear

To listen intently, attentively, and receptively (to what someone is saying). the phrase is used in several places in the Bible, usually in reference to listening to God. You need to learn to incline your ear to the words of wisdom your elders have to offer. The representative pleaded with world leaders to incline their ears to her country's distress.
See also: ear, incline

incline away (from someone or something)

to lean or slope away from someone or something. I inclined away from her to avoid her alcohol breath. The land inclined away from the house.
See also: away, incline

incline forward

to lean forward; to slant forward. The earthquake-ravaged building inclined forward a little bit more and looked as if it was going to fall. My chair inclined forward and I kept feeling as if I were going to fall off.
See also: forward, incline

incline something forward

to lean something forward; to make something slant forward. Incline the light forward a little bit, so you can see better. The fence had been inclined slightly forward to make it harder to climb.
See also: forward, incline

incline toward someone or something

1. to lean or slant toward someone or something. The piece of scenery inclined toward Roger very slowly and he jumped out of the way just in time. The tree inclined toward the direction of the wind.
2. to favor or "lean" toward choosing someone or something. I don't know which to choose. I incline toward Terri but I also favor Amy. I am inclining toward chocolate.
See also: incline, toward

incline your ear

listen favourably. literary
Incline thine ear is an expression used throughout the Bible, for example in Psalms 17:6: ‘I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech’.
See also: ear, incline
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For the variables in which the ANOVA was significant, pair-wise comparisons were performed between the flat condition and each of the incline conditions.
We speculate that dancers respond to the decreased medial support underneath the foot in the lateral incline condition by shifting the body weight laterally to place the line of gravity of body weight more directly over the lateral border of the foot for improved stability.
Maximum incline or decline angles can vary, depending on conditions and materials being transported.
Steel-frame belt conveyors include Kurv-King horizontal to vertical conveyors with fixed angles of incline and KKI series with adjustable discharge angles.
End-of-belt and standalone parts separators can be provided with special "diamond back' belting, which allows steep incline, cleatless conveying up to 45 degrees or greater.
railway acquired land at Nandgaon inclines of Chadrapur Area (Labour rate) 6) Misc.
The V2 Vivian Incline restoration project at the Welsh Slate Museum Llanberis has won a commendation in the 2002 Historic Bridge and Infrastructure awards by the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Haydn Lewis, supervising technician at the museum, said: ``The incline was built between 1873 and 1877 but had been derelict since 1937 and its restoration to working order was a unique project.
Offers a complete line of post-molding parts-handling equipment, including horizontal and incline belt conveyors, separators, automatic box-indexing conveyors, water conveyors, and air conveyors.
long horizontal section for loading parts at discharge end of the 40 [degrees] incline.