declivity


Also found in: Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
  • noun

Synonyms for declivity

a downward slope or distance

Synonyms for declivity

References in classic literature ?
After winding along the side of the mountain, the road, on reaching the gentle declivity which lay at the base of the hill, turned at a right angle to its former course, and shot down an inclined plane, directly into the village of Templeton.
The declivity of the hill enabled him to roll the carcass down to his companions, who were too feeble to climb the rocks.
But I believe now that it was suggested simply by the actual declivity of the street of the Consuls which lies on a gentle slope.
Recovering her reserve she sat without replying, and thus they reached the summit of another declivity.
The pitch of the Corbury road, below lawyer Varnum's spruces, was the favourite coasting-ground of Starkfield, and on clear evenings the church corner rang till late with the shouts of the coasters; but to-night not a sled darkened the whiteness of the long declivity.
As best I could, I stumbled after him down a steep declivity beginning at the forest's edge.
The most abrupt declivity of these mountains confronts the Zanzibar coast, but the western slopes are merely inclined planes.
Like phantoms they seemed to enlarge on their departure from the earth, and it was not in the mist, but in the declivity of the ground that they disappeared.
Our columns ought to have begun to appear on an open declivity to his right.
Beyond was a steep declivity to the shore of a placid, inland sea, upon the quiet surface of which lay several beautiful islands.
It fell directly upon the head of an archer, crush-ing him to instant death and carrying his mangled corpse with it to the bottom of the declivity, and on its way brushing three more of the attackers into the here-after.
Along the bed of the old watercourse that once ran through the gorge they made their way, and as the first faint lightening of the eastern horizon presaged the coming dawn, they paused for a moment upon the edge of a declivity, which appeared to the girl in the strange light of the waning night as a vast, bottomless pit; but, as their captors resumed their way and the light of the new day became stronger, she saw that they were moving downward toward a dense forest.
Behind him, as he rode down the steep declivity that day, loomed a very different Torn from that which he had approached sixteen years before, when, as a little boy he had ridden through the darkening shadows of the night, perched upon a great horse behind the little old woman, whose metamorphosis to the little grim, gray, old man of Torn their advent to the castle had marked.
It was then that Bradley's attention was attracted to the edge of the plateau by a movement there, and looking closely he saw a horse bearing two figures sliding down the steep declivity.
The smoke of his rifle betrayed him, and I was no sooner on my feet than he was off his and rolling down the declivity.