Noun Acclivity Definition and Examples


Noun:

Acclivity

Pronunciation:

/əˈklɪvɪti/

Definition:
1.

noun

An upward slope.
  1. 'At the further extremity of this peninsula, the river again turns, and stretches in a long reach, between the white and < P 356 > towering cliffs of Lancaut, and the rich acclivities of Piercefield woods.'
  2. 'Happily these acclivities wound up the interior of the volcano and favored their ascent.'
  3. 'The Nationals had the advantage of position, their lines projecting in wedge-form towards the Confederate centre, with steep rocky acclivities along their front.'
  4. 'If a contrivance could be devised to enable us to convert at will the wheels of the steam-carriage into magnets, we should be enabled to ascend and descend acclivities with great facility.'
  5. 'In some of the vicissitudes of the city's pride, or its calamity, the dark tide of human evil had swelled over it, far higher than the Tiber ever rose against the acclivities of the seven hills.'
  6. 'I caught glimpses of fields and copses as we fled along, that could have afforded me amusement for hours, and orchards on gentle acclivities, beneath which I could have walked till evening.'
((n.) A slope or inclination of the earth, as the side of a hill, considered as ascending, in opposition to declivity, or descending; an upward slope; ascent.)


noun, plural acclivities.

1. an upward slope, as of ground; an ascent (opposed to declivity).

Origin:
Early 17th century: from Latin acclivitas, from acclivis, from ad- ‘towards’ + clivus ‘a slope’.

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