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 sloped
None of his detractors or supporters will have sloped across to the other side because of the contents of this book.
The plateau, at an elevation of eighteen hundred feet above the level of the sea, sloped down toward the south.Five Weeks in a Balloon|Jules Verne
I sloped up one street and down another, going like a jack rabbit, till I found myself before a ferry boat.On the Lightship|Herman Knickerbocker Viel
Once again patches of violet light glimmered over their heads as the passage narrowed and sloped downward.Star Born|Andre Norton
Crossing it they went on to another field, which continued level for a little way, then sloped gradually downward.The Khaki Boys at Camp Sterling|Josephine Chase
One knew by remembrance that it sloped down a gradual mile, till it came somewhere to a slow creek with a mud bottom.The Debatable Land|Arthur Colton
- (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.