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  • n. Plural form of declivity.


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  • "declivities" or "slopes" (R.V.), i.e., the undulating ground lying between the lowlands (the shephelah) and the central range of hills.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Drops of water cling to her neck and shoulders, the declivities of her collarbones.

    The Right Thing

  • Water fills the ruts in the roads, the declivities in the plankboard steps.

    The Right Thing

  • An artist friend made a detailed drawing based on the photograph and the view from the ground, giving me a somewhat better map of the choicest aeries and declivities.

    Bird Cloud

  • Hidden up to the west in several cosy declivities are small hill farms, cowering in their pastures beneath the sheltering embrace of sycamore, oak and holly – holdings like Steps farm where octogenarian Clifford Gould still lives and works and goes shopping on his tractor.

    Country diary: Staffordshire Moorlands

  • Sharp, rocky eminences began to rise around them, and, in a short time, deep declivities and ascents, both formidable in height and difficult from the narrowness of the path, offered to the travellers obstacles of a different kind from those with which they had recently contended.

    The Talisman

  • From behind they rise in rough, uneven, and heathy declivities, out of the wide muir before mentioned, between Loch Eitive and Loch Awe; but in front they terminate abruptly in the most frightful precipices, which form the whole side of the pass, and descend at one fall into the water which fills its trough.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • He pondered; he examined the slopes, noted the declivities, scrutinized the clumps of trees, the square of rye, the path; he seemed to be counting each bush.

    Les Miserables

  • The road was very hilly, and several times our progress was turned into retrogression, for the horses invariably refused to go up hill, probably, poor things! because they felt their inability to drag the loaded wain up the steep declivities which we continually met with.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • The road was hilly, and often ran along the very edge of steep declivities, and our driver, who did not know it well, and was besides a cautious man, drove at a most moderate pace.

    The Englishwoman in America


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  • "Along the shore, a shelving beach ran up to rocky declivities and beach and rocks were packed with seals."

    --Walter Noble Burns, A Year with a Whaler, 146–147

    April 28, 2008