from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A downward slope, as of a hill.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the downward slope of a hill
- n. a downward bend in a path
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Deviation from a horizontal line; gradual descent of surface; inclination downward; slope; -- opposed to acclivity, or ascent; the same slope, considered as descending, being a declivity, which, considered as ascending, is an acclivity.
- n. A descending surface; a sloping place.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A downward slope.
- n. In entomology, a part gently sloping away from the general plane of a surface.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a downward slope or bend
Sufetula was built one hundred and fifty miles to the south of Carthage: a gentle declivity is watered by a running stream, and shaded by a grove of juniper-trees; and, in the ruins of a triumpha arch, a portico, and three temples of the Corinthian order, curiosity may yet admire the magnificence of the Romans.
At the bottom of the declivity was a pond of water bubbling and steaming.
On a shelf or cup of the declivity was a little clump of vegetation, and in the midst of it welled up a thin stream of water.
The declivity is the greatest of the whole river with the exception of the First Granite Gorge of the Grand
"First imagine to yourself a superb position, a steep mountain, bristling with rocks, furrowed with ravines and precipices; upon the declivity is the castle.
Five years in narrow walls had unfitted me for the enormous declivity of the stairway, for the vastitude of the prison yard.
Three sides were thus defended, the steep declivity at the rear precluding attack from that direction.
But again, after the car rested a minute, the light, dry earth began to crack and crumble away from under the tires, rolling in a miniature avalanche down the steep declivity into the water.
A few hundred yards from the trail was a steep and narrow declivity like something out of a Tony Hillerman story.
"The whole is a sweet Spot of Earth, not a Span hardly uncultivated with Sugar-Canes; all sides bend with an easy declivity to the Sea, and is ever green," was how one visitor described the island in the 1730s.