Slope definition

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To move or walk.
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An inclined line, surface, plane, position, or direction.
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To diverge from the vertical or horizontal; incline.

A roof that slopes.

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A piece of ground that is not flat or level; rising or falling ground; specif., a portion of the side of a hill or mountain.

A ski slope.

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Any inclined line, surface, position, etc.; slant.
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(slang) A native of East Asia, often, specif., of Vietnam.
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To have an upward or downward inclination; take an oblique direction; incline; slant.
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(chiefly brit., informal) To go or move (off, away, etc.), esp. in a leisurely or furtive way.
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(old poet.) That slopes; slanting; inclined.
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The tangent of the angle of inclination of a line, or the slope of the tangent line for a curve or surface.
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A stretch of ground forming a natural or artificial incline.

Ski slopes.

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To cause to slope.
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(offensive slang) Used as a disparaging term for a person of East Asian birth or ancestry.
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A deviation from the horizontal.
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The amount or degree of such deviation.
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The rate at which an ordinate of a point of a line on a coordinate plane changes with respect to a change in the abscissa.
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The land area that drains into a given ocean.
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Deviation from the horizontal or vertical.
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The amount or degree of this.
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The trigonometric tangent of the positive angle formed between a given straight line and the x-axis of a pair of Cartesian coordinates.
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The slope of the tangent line to a given curve at a designated point.
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(mathematics) The ratio of the vertical and horizontal distances between two points on a line; zero if the line is horizontal, undefined if it is vertical.

The slope of this line is 0.5

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To cause to slope.

Sloped the path down the bank.

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Slope is defined as a surface where one end is higher than the other. It is also the difference in the angles of the surface.

An example of slope is the amount by which a surface veers downward.

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The definition of slope is to slant up or down, or to put something into a position where it slants up or down.

When a line goes from high to low, this is an example of slope.

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An area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward.

I had to climb a small slope to get to the site.

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The degree to which a surface tends upward or downward.

The road has a very sharp downward slope at that point.

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(mathematics) The slope of the line tangent to a curve at a given point.

The slope of a parabola increases linearly with x.

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The angle a roof surface makes with the horizontal, expressed as a ratio of the units of vertical rise to the units of horizontal length (sometimes referred to as run).

The slope of an asphalt shingle roof system should be 4:12 or greater.

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(vulgar, highly offensive, ethnic slur) A person of Chinese or other East Asian descent.
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(intransitive) To tend steadily upward or downward.

The road slopes sharply down at that point.

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To form with a slope; to give an oblique or slanting direction to; to incline or slant.

To slope the ground in a garden; to slope a piece of cloth in cutting a garment.

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(colloquial, usually followed by a preposition) To try to move surreptitiously.

I sloped in through the back door, hoping my boss wouldn't see me.

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(military) To hold a rifle at a slope with forearm perpendicular to the body in front holding the butt, the rifle resting on the shoulder.

The order was given to "slope arms".

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John Milton (1608-1674)

Down the slope hills.

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(obsolete) Slopingly.

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the slopes
  • an area used or reserved for downhill skiing
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
slope
Plural:
slopes

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the slopes

Origin of slope

  • Probably from Middle English aslope sloping

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From aslope (a & adv).

    From Wiktionary