verb (used without object), sloped, slop·ing.
verb (used with object), sloped, slop·ing.
- 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.
- slop jar,
- slop out,
- slop pail,
- slop sink,
- slope culture,
- sloppy joe,
- sloppy joe's
Origin of slope
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|Stacey Solie|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He nudged with a foot at a busted-out bucket, moving easier now, down the slope—more old gear in the grass.
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|Caitlin Dickson|June 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Mr. Slope hereupon did not look quite so satisfied as he had done.
Meanwhile Edward and Cytherea, after lingering on the steps for several minutes, slowly descended the slope to the lake.Desperate Remedies|Thomas Hardy
A slope rose up in front of it, which accounted for the water being drained onto this land.The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming.|Ellen Eddy Shaw
The hint or two which Mr. Slope had given was by no means thrown away upon the bishop.
It was laced very taut to the rods, and had slope enough to make the water run off.Four Young Explorers|Oliver Optic
- (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
Word Origin 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.