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 In the ’50s and ’60s, the primal appeal of fluid spaces inspired the French architect Claude Parent to sing the wonders of oblique angles and inclined planes. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 22 Feb. 2023 The inclined plane is the simplest of the simple machines, but it's been instrumental in everything from (most likely) building the Pyramids to making canals navigable. Discover Magazine, 4 Aug. 2011 Or, as Lee has field-tested, they could be placed on sleds and moved up an inclined plane along a ladder-like apparatus, levered from one wrung to the next. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 18 Mar. 2021 This suggests, at least to some researchers, that flapping up an inclined plane could have been a bridge between running and flying. Discover Magazine, 4 Aug. 2011 Salvage experts turned to parbuckling — using a sling to right a vessel on an inclined plane. Jim Sullivan, Discover Magazine, 15 Jan. 2014 The threads are a form of inclined plane or wedge, the simplest type of tool. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 21 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

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 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

inclined plane

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

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