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slope

[slohp]
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verb (used without object), sloped, slop·ing.
  1. to have or take an inclined or oblique direction or angle considered with reference to a vertical or horizontal plane; slant.
  2. to move at an inclination or obliquely: They sloped gradually westward.
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verb (used with object), sloped, slop·ing.
  1. to direct at a slant or inclination; incline from the horizontal or vertical: The sun sloped its beams.
  2. to form with a slope or slant: to slope an embankment.
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noun
  1. ground that has a natural incline, as the side of a hill.
  2. inclination or slant, especially downward or upward.
  3. deviation from the horizontal or vertical.
  4. an inclined surface.
  5. Usually slopes. hills, especially foothills or bluffs: the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
  6. Mathematics.
    1. the tangent of the angle between a given straight line and the x-axis of a system of Cartesian coordinates.
    2. the derivative of the function whose graph is a given curve evaluated at a designated point.
  7. 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.
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Idioms
  1. slope off, Chiefly British Slang. to make one's way out slowly or furtively.
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Origin of slope

1495–1505; aphetic variant of aslope; akin to slip1
Related formsslop·ing·ly, adverbslop·ing·ness, nounun·sloped, adjectiveun·slop·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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1. Slope, slant mean to incline away from a relatively straight surface or line used as a reference. To slope is to incline vertically in an oblique direction: The ground slopes ( upward or downward ) sharply here. To slant is to fall to one side, to lie obliquely to some line whether horizontal or perpendicular: The road slants off to the right.

Usage note

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sloping

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  • They sit (very uncomfortably) on a sloping stone there, and compare notes.

  • Already Kirsty stood at the bottom of the sloping tunnel, and was lighting her candle.

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • The walls were low, and the heavy roof was flat and sloping.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • 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

    Ameen Rihani


British Dictionary definitions for sloping

slope

verb
  1. to lie or cause to lie at a slanting or oblique angle
  2. (intr) (esp of natural features) to follow an inclined coursemany paths sloped down the hillside
  3. (intr; foll by off, away, etc) to go furtively
  4. (tr) military (formerly) to hold (a rifle) in the slope position (esp in the command slope arms)
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noun
  1. an inclined portion of ground
  2. (plural) hills or foothills
  3. any inclined surface or line
  4. the degree or amount of such inclination
  5. maths
    1. (of a line) the tangent of the angle between the line and another line parallel to the x- axis
    2. the first derivative of the equation of a curve at a given point
  6. (formerly) the position adopted for British military drill when the rifle is rested on the shoulder
  7. US slang, derogatory a person from Southeast Asia, especially a Vietnamese
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Derived Formssloper, nounsloping, adjectiveslopingly, adverbslopingness, noun

Word Origin

C15: short for aslope, perhaps from the past participle of Old English āslūpan to slip away, from slūpan to slip
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Word Origin and History for sloping

slope

v.

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.

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slope

n.

1610s, "inclination," from slope (v.). Meaning "an incline, a slant (of ground)" is from 1620s. Derogatory slang meaning "Oriental person" is attested from 1948.

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