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 sloping
Many thousands of years ago, glacial floods swept through the area and carved out the sloping sides of the current grounds.
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|Nina Strochlic|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The winding, sloping roads had been a pleasure to navigate, the air perfumed with onions growing by the roadside.
“Animals with sloping backs have huge reserves of stamina, because it is a very economic gait,” said Jean.Walking With Wildebeests: Exploring the Serengeti on Foot|Joanna Eede|July 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Their only exit route was a sloping, stepped corridor barely big enough for two cars.New Riots Rock Egypt Amid Finger-Pointing Over Soccer Deaths|Alastair Beach|February 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The traces are counted out on a sloping glass desk, and the time of flight of a projectile between two or more screens is found.
There is a stove to be lighted—unless the woodbox fails—a sloping ceiling and a window huddled to the floor.Chimney-Pot Papers|Charles S. Brooks
Fortunately, the part of the road where we were was walled on one side, while the other bank was sloping.My Friend Smith|Talbot Baines Reed
The setting-boards most frequently used in this country have sloping sides, and are known as saddles (Fig. 18).The Butterflies of the British Isles|Richard South
Beyond this again is a large stable, and below-ground, reached by a sloping tunnel, is the sheep-fold.Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan, Volume I (of 2)|Isabella L. Bird
- (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.