Inclined-Plane. A natural mechanical power, which deflects a body aside, when moving perpendicularly towards the centre of the earth, by which the force towards the centre is modified. Its common application is to elevate bodies, which are raised perpendicularly while they are moved up the plane ; and the force gained is as the increased distance moved over, that is, as the length of the inclined-plane is to the perpendicular height gained.

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