Definition of inclined plane in English:

inclined plane


  • 1A plane inclined at an angle to the horizontal.

    • ‘In these experiments, he rolled objects down an inclined plane; the traditional story that he dropped weights from the Leaning Tower of Pisa was a myth.’
    • ‘A simple calculation of the area of a square would meet this criteria, as would calculating the forces acting on a particle on an inclined plane - but the understanding required to do them is vastly different.’
    • ‘During that year he completely revised his treatise on mechanics and resumed his earlier studies of natural motion, discovering his first two correct theorems concerning motions along inclined planes.’
    • ‘In particular the work contains his important idea that one could test theories about falling bodies using an inclined plane to slow down the rate of descent.’
    • ‘Encourage children to make their own inclined planes to explore the speed and distance traveled by round objects of different weights and sizes.’
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    1. 1.1 A sloping ramp up which heavy loads can be raised by ropes or chains.
      • ‘I'm not that smart when it comes to things that do things, like cars, pulleys, and inclined planes.’
      • ‘Most of us don't need to research the physics behind inclined planes, levers, wheels, or axles to be confident that they generate power and make life easier for us large-brained, tool-making Homo sapiens.’
      • ‘To solve this problem, coal was lowered from the higher levels by means of an inclined plane, the long, narrow barges riding on iron frames operated by hand-winches.’