• (British) IPA: /ˌdɛklɪˈneɪʃən/


  1. At a given point, the angle between magnetic north and true north.
  2. At a given point, the angle between the line connecting this point with the geographical center of the earth and the equatorial plane.
  3. A refusal.
    • the queen's declination from marriage
  4. (grammar, obsolete) Declension.
  5. (archaic) The act or state of bending downward; inclination.
    declination of the head
  6. (archaic) The act or state of falling off or declining from excellence or perfection; deterioration; decay; decline.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Cunning
      the declination of monarchy
    • Summer […] is not looked on as a time of declination or decay.
  7. (archaic) Deviation.
    • the declination of atoms in their descent
    • every declination and violation of the rules
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