from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. inclination; ascent or descent; a gradient

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Inclination; ascent or descent; a gradient.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A declivity; a gradient.


Latin clivus ("hill"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Gradient or clivity, denotes the proportionate ascent or descent of the several
    planes on a rail-road...
    --H. S. Tanner, 1840, A Description of the Canals and Rail Roads of the United States, p. 249

    May 3, 2008