- 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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Related Wordsshelf, ramp, hill, declivity, tip, cant, bias, bend, pitch, swag, descent, gradient, skew, lean, sway, inclination, deviation, rise, diagonal, downgrade
Examples from the Web for slope
As dusk approaches, a fog creeps up the slope of the mountain and swallows the sprawling city below—just like Pablo promised.
They buried a stockpile of rifles and machine guns on a slope just above the building that was to house the inmates.
The current had been wearing away the bottom of the slope, making a slide inevitable, said authors Daniel and Lynn Rodgers Miller.Rescue Efforts Were Delayed Following Deadly Landslide in Washington
March 26, 2014
He nudged with a foot at a busted-out bucket, moving easier now, down the slope—more old gear in the grass.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
Fifteen minutes after leaving the town, he told us to park our Land Cruiser at the base of a slope and ascend by foot.U.N. Ambassador Designate Samantha Power’s Greatest Journalistic Hits
June 6, 2013
He descended the slope, and sat down in the shade of a broad-leaved tree.Brave and Bold
And up the slope, brandishing their sticks, charged the town boys.The Boy Life of Napoleon
At this moment a roar of astonishment came up to them from down the slope.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
They passed the gate which was opened for them and began to mount the slope beyond.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
There was a pleasant farmhouse out of town on the slope of Vesuvius.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
- 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 slope
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.