Origin of slope
Middle English sloop, probably from aslope, adverb, at an angle
First Known Use: 15th century
slope
Simple Definition of slope

: to not be level : to have a downward or upward slant

: to not be straight : to lean or slant to the left or right
Examples of slope
His handwriting slopes to the left.
<they sloped our new driveway too steeply and now my car scrapes bottom whenever I back out onto the street>
1591
First Known Use of slope
1591
slope
Simple Definition of slope

: ground that slants downward or upward : ground that slopes

: an area of land on a mountain that is used for skiing

: an upward or downward slant
Full Definition of slope
1 : ground that forms a natural or artificial incline
2 : upward or downward slant or inclination or degree of slant
3 : the part of a continent draining to a particular ocean <Alaska's North Slope>
4a : the tangent of the angle made by a straight line with the xaxisb : the slope of the line tangent to a plane curve at a point
Examples of slope
They climbed the steep slope.
What is the angle of the slope?
You can adjust the slope of the ramp.
a slope of 30 degrees
Circa 1568
First Known Use of slope
circa 1568
Other Geology Terms
anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale
SLOPE Defined for Kids
Definition of slope
1 : a piece of slanting ground (as a hillside) <a steep slope>
2 : upward or downward slant <the slope of a roof>
Definition of slope
slopedslop·ing
: to take a slanting direction <The bank slopes down to the river.>
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