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Definition an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
  • On one hand it was soon bounded by the acclivity of the hill, while the lake, on the other, served as a guide.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Not for some time did he grasp the wonder of that acclivity.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • It embraced hillocks, pits, ridges, acclivities, one behind the other, till all was finished by a high hill cutting against the still light sky.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • It prompted the matron to say that she would walk a little way—as far as to the point where the acclivity from the valley began its first steep ascent to the outer world.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • In a few minutes the train mounted the nearest eminence, and, as it turned the rounded acclivity, the Doctor was left to pursue his profitable investigations in entire solitude.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • The young Mohican gave a shout of triumph, and followed by Duncan, he glided up the acclivity they had descended to the combat, and sought the friendly shelter of the rocks and shrubs.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • On the 18th of June, 1815, the rains had still farther increased this acclivity, the mud complicated the problem of the ascent, and the men not only slipped back, but stuck fast in the mire.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The spot was a vale between two gentle acclivities, and the road, still adhering to its Roman foundation, stretched onward straight as a surveyor's line till lost to sight on the most distant ridge.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The clump of laurel in which the criminal lay was in the angle of a road which, after, ascending, southward, a steep acclivity to that point, turned sharply to the west, running along the summit for perhaps one hundred yards.
    Ambrose Bierce  --  A Horseman in the Sky
  • The particular wind-row of which we are writing lay on the brow of a gentle acclivity; and, though small, it had opened the way for an extensive view to those who might occupy its upper margin, a rare occurrence to the traveller in the woods.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • He had traversed the greater part of this depression, and was climbing the western acclivity when, pausing for breath, he unconsciously looked back.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • Hard-Heart had already crossed half the bottom, which lay between the acclivity and the water.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • The simplest things will become steep acclivities.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The guide laughed, promised to have a care of Mabel, and in a few minutes the father had ascended a steep acclivity and disappeared in the forest.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Rainbarrow had again become blended with night when Wildeve ascended the long acclivity at its base.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Just below it leaned a tottering crag that would have toppled, starting an avalanche on an acclivity where no sliding mass could stop.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • The footsteps of those who toiled up the opposite side of the acclivity were now audible, and presently voices and treads announced the arrival of the pursuers.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Without waiting for approbation or dissent, the squatter advanced to the base of the rock, which formed a sort of perpendicular wall, nearly twenty feet high around the whole acclivity.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Her course now lay along a broad and nearly level terrace, which stretched from the top of the bank that bounded the water, to a low acclivity that rose to a second and irregular platform above.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • As the old man was speaking, he raised his heavy rifle to his shoulder, with a facility a little remarkable for his years and appearance, and without further words led the way over the acclivity to the adjacent bottom.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie

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