What does the word acclivity mean?

Usage examples for acclivity

  1. As I ascended the gentle acclivity on which it stood, I saw a figure approaching towards me: the increasing shades of the evening did not allow me to recognize the shape until it was almost by my side; it was Aubrey. – Devereux, Book I. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  2. 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. – Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman by Thomas Hardy
  3. There, at first, his infantry, drawn up around his baggage and cavalry, which were placed in their centre, had no difficulty in repelling the attacks of the charging Numidians; but afterwards, when three generals with three regular armies marched up in one entire body, and it was evident that his men would not be able to do much by arms in defending the position without fortifications, the general began to look about, and consider whether he could by any means throw a rampart around; but the hill was so bare, and the soil so rough, that neither could a bush be found for cutting a palisade, nor earth for making a mound, nor the requisites for making a trench or any other work; nor was the place naturally steep or abrupt enough to render the approach and ascent difficult to the enemy, as it rose on every side with a gentle acclivity. – The History of Rome; Books Nine to Twenty-Six by Titus Livius