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- the downward slope of a hill
- a downward bend in a path
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
De*cliv"i*ty (?), n.; pl.
Declivities (#). [L. declivitas, fr.
declivis sloping, downhill; de + clivus a slope,
a hill; akin to clinare to incline: cf. F.
déclivité. See Decline.]
1. 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.
2. A descending surface; a sloping
Commodious declivities and channels for the
passage of the waters. Derham.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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