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

  • n. An upward slope, as of a hill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An upward slope or inclination of the earth, as the side of a hill: opposed to declivity, or a slope considered as descending.
  • n. Specifically, in fortification, the talus of a rampart.

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

  • n. an upward slope or grade (as in a road)


Latin acclīvitās, from acclīvis, uphill : ad-, ad- + clīvus, slope; see klei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • From the edge of the wood leading up the acclivity are the tracks of horses and wheels -- the wheels of cannon.

    The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce — Volume 2: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

  • On its acclivity, which is straight, houses are built, and those very thick and close to one another.

    The Wars of the Jews; or the history of the destruction of Jerusalem

  • It at length attained the summit of an acclivity of considerable length.

    Castle Dangerous

  • Elsewhere, the hill, which formed the northern side of this beautiful sheet of water, arose in steep, but less precipitous acclivity, and was arrayed in heath of the darkest purple.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • June, 1815, the rains had still farther increased this acclivity, the mud complicated the problem of the ascent, and the men not only slipped back, but stuck fast in the mire.

    Les Miserables

  • With the speed of an eagle, Hamish darted up the acclivity, and stood by the minister of Glenorquhy, who was pacing out thus early to administer consolation to a distressed family near Bunawe.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • A pathway, a good deal hidden, by vegetation, ascended by a gentle acclivity, and prolonged by the architect by means of a few broad and easy marble steps, making part of the original approach, conducted the passenger to a small, but exquisitely lovely velvet lawn, in front of the turret or temple we have described, the back part of which building overhung the cataract.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • It was situated about the middle of the village, whose vicinity was not in those days judged any inconvenience, upon a spot of ground more level than was presented by the rest of the acclivity, where, as we said before, the houses were notched as it were into the side of the steep bank, with little more level ground about them than the spot occupied by their site.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • The troops in advance, he was persuaded, would never be able to come back to his aid up the face of that acclivity; besides which, he observed the utter bewilderment of the whole body at sight of the ambuscade.


  • Villages and small towns hanging in mid-air, with great woods of olives seen through the light open towers of their churches, and clouds moving slowly on, upon the steep acclivity behind them; ruined castles perched on every eminence; and scattered houses in the clefts and gullies of the hills; made it very beautiful.

    Pictures from Italy


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