Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Moderately steep.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Descending gradually; moderately steep; sloping; downhill.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Descending gradually; moderately steep; sloping; downhill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as declivous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. sloping down rather steeply

Etymologies

Latin declivus ("sloping down"), from de- ("down from") + clivus ("slope"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But four miles inland the bed becomes rugged and declivitous, and the mountain walls close in, forming a most magnificent canon from 1,000 to 2,500 feet deep.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • There is no timber in this valley, and accordingly the scenery, though on a large scale, is neither impressive nor pleasing; the mountains are large swelling hummocks, grassed up to the summit, and though steeply declivitous, entirely destitute of precipice.

    A First Year in Canterbury Settlement

  • It was immediately drawn tight, and by its aid we gained the bank, and began ascending the side of the barranca, composed of rugged, declivitous rocks, affording but scanty foot-hold.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 342, April, 1844

  • We had scarcely received this intelligence when we heard the blare of the trumpets, and the next moment we saw the officers push their horses up the declivitous bank, closely followed by their men, whom they formed up in the prairie.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 339, January, 1844

  • The ground on which it stands is uneven, and in many places declivitous; the different parts of the city are connected by bridges, and on every side is seen the fresh green foliage of the north.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol 58, No. 357, July 1845

  • High declivitous, masses of rock formed a sort of immense cairn.

    Dave Dashaway and His Hydroplane

  • We hesitated for some time whether we should undergo the fatigue of travelling over such declivitous mountains without any palpable reward.

    A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden 2nd edition

  • She hardly heard him, so intent was she on watching the road and the occasional glimpses, through the tangle, of declivitous stretches strewn with trunks of fallen trees and rank vegetation, down which the wind went wandering with vague whisperings.

    Stubble

  • He had not counted on the fact that as the range widened it split into two distinct ridges, steep and declivitous on the outer edges, with the space between them broken up into a network of water-worn gullies and arroyos.

    Shoe-Bar Stratton

  • Mrs. Daniel Pray, who was almost a giantess and bent laboriously over to accommodate her height to her husband's, took off her glasses and laid them on her declivitous lap, the better to fix

    Country Neighbors

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