Definition of cline noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cline

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BrE BrE//klaɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//klaɪn//
 
 
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a series of similar items in which each is almost the same as the ones next to it, but the last is very different from the first synonym continuum Word Origin 1930s: from Greek klinein ‘to slope’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cline

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