inclined plane


Definition of inclined plane

: a plane surface that makes an oblique angle with the plane of the horizon

Examples of inclined plane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lift with some danged pulley system involving fulcrums and levers and inclined planes, or, better yet, just hire some dumb lunk. Washington Post, "Gene Weingarten: A few (end of) life hacks for the young geezers," 24 Aug. 2019 The threads are a form of inclined plane or wedge, the simplest type of tool. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Torque Wrench to Keep Your Car from Flying Apart," 26 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of inclined plane

1661, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inclined plane was in 1661

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“Inclined plane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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Kids Definition of inclined plane

: a flat surface that makes an angle with the line of the horizon

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