One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An upward slope.
slope, rise, incline, gradient, ramp, tumpView synonyms
- ‘Along the boundary lines of the county the country is more level, and the undulations more gradual, but in the central portion the acclivities are abrupt and high and the declivities sudden and deep.’
- ‘If a contrivance could be devised to enable us to convert at will the wheels of the steam-carriage into magnets, we should be enabled to ascend and descend acclivities with great facility.’
- ‘This tract is beautifully undulating in its surface, containing a number of bold eminences, steep acclivities, and deep shadowy valleys.’
- ‘In some of the vicissitudes of the city's pride, or its calamity, the dark tide of human evil had swelled over it, far higher than the Tiber ever rose against the acclivities of the seven hills.’
- ‘An acclivity that wasn't present before came up.’
- ‘As before, the way lay within the sand-hills, the beach being one ragged strew of logs and drift-stuff, and the team had to toil up and down the rough dunes, and around their bases when the acclivities were too formidable, tearing and plunging at the same time through under growths of brush and over fallen trees and drift-wood for a stretch of nine miles.’
- ‘The country is sufficiently fertile, covered with corn fields and orchards, and intersected by sudden acclivities with flat summits.’
- ‘I caught glimpses of fields and copses as we fled along, that could have afforded me amusement for hours, and orchards on gentle acclivities, beneath which I could have walked till evening.’
- ‘Happily these acclivities wound up the interior of the volcano and favored their ascent.’
- ‘At the further extremity of this peninsula, the river again turns, and stretches in a long reach, between the white and < P 356 > towering cliffs of Lancaut, and the rich acclivities of Piercefield woods.’
- ‘The Nationals had the advantage of position, their lines projecting in wedge-form towards the Confederate centre, with steep rocky acclivities along their front.’
- ‘Here and there, towers were perched high up on acclivities which seemed almost inaccessible.’
Early 17th century: from Latin acclivitas, from acclivis, from ad- ‘towards’ + clivus ‘a slope’.
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