Something that slopes — that is, something that deviates from the straight horizontal or vertical — can be called an incline. If you like to walk up and down hills, you enjoy walking on inclines.

The Latin root of the word incline is inclinare, meaning "to lean." As a verb, the word incline can mean to bend, so you incline your head. It can also mean to be favorably disposed toward something and you can think of it as having a bent for or leaning toward something. If the weather is nasty, you may be inclined to stay home to watch a movie with a bowl of popcorn at your side.

Definitions of incline
  1. verb
    lower or bend (the head or upper body), as in a nod or bow
    “She inclined her head to the student”
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    bring down, get down, let down, lower, take down
    move something or somebody to a lower position
  2. verb
    bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well
    “He inclined his ear to the wise old man”
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    hear, listen, take heed
    listen and pay attention
  3. verb
    be at an angle
    synonyms: pitch, slope
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    slope upwards
    sag, bend, bend over or down
    slope downward
    slope upward
    slope downwards
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    angle, lean, slant, tilt, tip
    incline or bend from a vertical position
  4. noun
    an inclined surface connecting two levels
    synonyms: ramp
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    ski jump
    a steep downward ramp from which skiers jump
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    inclined plane
    a simple machine for elevating objects; consists of plane surface that makes an acute angle with the horizontal
  5. noun
    an elevated geological formation
    synonyms: side, slope
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    acclivity, ascent, climb, raise, rise, upgrade
    an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
    sloping land (especially the slope beside a body of water)
    bank, camber, cant
    a slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force
    the steeply sloping side of a canyon
    a slope down which sleds may coast
    declension, declination, decline, declivity, descent, downslope, fall
    a downward slope or bend
    escarpment, scarp
    a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge; usually formed by erosion
    the side or slope of a hill
    mountainside, versant
    the side or slope of a mountain
    a gentle slope leading from the base of a mountain to a region of flat land
    ski slope
    a snow-covered slope for skiing
    a slope or hillside
    the downward slope of a hill
    riverbank, riverside
    the bank of a river
    a steep place (as on a hill)
    the upward slope of a hill
    land bordering a body of water
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    formation, geological formation
    (geology) the geological features of the earth
  6. verb
    have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
    “He inclined to corpulence”
    synonyms: be given, lean, run, tend
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    take kindly to
    be willing or inclined to accept
    be given to
    move toward
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  7. verb
    feel favorably disposed or willing
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    experience, feel
    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
  8. verb
    make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief
    “Their language inclines us to believe them”
    synonyms: dispose
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    disincline, indispose
    make unwilling
    make susceptible
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    determine, influence, mold, regulate, shape
    shape or influence; give direction to
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