- 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 sloping
Many thousands of years ago, glacial floods swept through the area and carved out the sloping sides of the current grounds.Brooklyn’s Gangster Graveyard
October 23, 2014
On a green field below the sloping campus, teams huddle and plot strategy as group leaders and refs get the games into place.A Camp Away From Terror: Where Israeli and Palestinian Kids Find Common Ground
August 4, 2014
The winding, sloping roads had been a pleasure to navigate, the air perfumed with onions growing by the roadside.Gascony: France's New Foodie Destination
Condé Nast Traveler
July 11, 2013
A column of wildebeest cantered rigidly in the other direction—all spindly legs, candyfloss white beards, and sloping backs.
“Animals with sloping backs have huge reserves of stamina, because it is a very economic gait,” said Jean.
They sit (very uncomfortably) on a sloping stone there, and compare notes.The Uncommercial Traveller
Already Kirsty stood at the bottom of the sloping tunnel, and was lighting her candle.Heather and Snow
The walls were low, and the heavy roof was flat and sloping.The Law-Breakers
All around the dais, seated on the sloping floor of the cavern, were Lakonians.Priestess of the Flame
Sewell Peaslee Wright
But the darkness seems to gather on the breast of the sloping hills.The Book of Khalid
- 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 sloping
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.