- to have or take an inclined or oblique direction or angle considered with reference to a vertical or horizontal plane; slant.
- to move at an inclination or obliquely: They sloped gradually westward.
- to direct at a slant or inclination; incline from the horizontal or vertical: The sun sloped its beams.
- to form with a slope or slant: to slope an embankment.
- ground that has a natural incline, as the side of a hill.
- inclination or slant, especially downward or upward.
- deviation from the horizontal or vertical.
- an inclined surface.
- Usually slopes. hills, especially foothills or bluffs: the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
- the tangent of the angle between a given straight line and the x-axis of a system of Cartesian coordinates.
- the derivative of the function whose graph is a given curve evaluated at a designated point.
- Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a person of East Asian origin, especially a Vietnamese or other South Asian.
- slope off, Chiefly British Slang. to make one's way out slowly or furtively.
Origin of slope
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Examples from the Web for sloped
None of his detractors or supporters will have sloped across to the other side because of the contents of this book.The War Over Blair’s Memoir
September 7, 2010
So, whenever I met him, I defied him to do it; and he sloped off crestfallen, I can tell you.'
The church was built on a hillock, which sloped down gently to the village.
In front of them lay the path which sloped, for a hundred yards or more, to the first corner.Love-at-Arms
The hill where the house and barns were, also sloped off to the left.Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman
J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
The 'ways' sloped at a gradient of one foot in twelve, and had iron surfaces.Chatterbox, 1906
- to lie or cause to lie at a slanting or oblique angle
- (intr) (esp of natural features) to follow an inclined coursemany paths sloped down the hillside
- (intr; foll by off, away, etc) to go furtively
- (tr) military (formerly) to hold (a rifle) in the slope position (esp in the command slope arms)
- an inclined portion of ground
- (plural) hills or foothills
- any inclined surface or line
- the degree or amount of such inclination
- (of a line) the tangent of the angle between the line and another line parallel to the x- axis
- the first derivative of the equation of a curve at a given point
- (formerly) the position adopted for British military drill when the rifle is rested on the shoulder
- US slang, derogatory a person from Southeast Asia, especially a Vietnamese
Word Origin and History for sloped
1590s, "go in an oblique direction," from earlier adjective meaning "slanting" (c.1500), probably from Middle English aslope (adv.) "on the incline" (late 15c.), from Old English *aslopen, past participle of aslupan "to slip away," from a- "away" + slupan "to slip" (see sleeve). From 1709 as "to be in a slanting position;" transitive sense "place in a slanting position" is from c.1600. Related: Sloped; sloping.
1610s, "inclination," from slope (v.). Meaning "an incline, a slant (of ground)" is from 1620s. Derogatory slang meaning "Oriental person" is attested from 1948.