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slope

adjective \ ˈslōp \
|Updated on: 15 Aug 2018

Definition of slope

: that slants : sloping often used in combination
  • slope-sided

Origin and Etymology of slope

Middle English sloop, probably from aslope, adverb, at an angle


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slope

verb

Definition of slope

sloped; sloping
1 : to take an oblique course
2 : to lie or fall in a slant : incline
3 : go, travel
  • slopes off into the night
  • —Wolcott Gibbs
: to cause to incline or slant

sloper

noun

Examples of slope in a Sentence

  1. His handwriting slopes to the left.

  2. they sloped our new driveway too steeply and now my car scrapes bottom whenever I back out onto the street

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First Known Use of slope

1591

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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slope Synonyms

Near Antonyms

even, flatten, level, straighten;


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slope

noun

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
4 a : the tangent of the angle made by a straight line with the x-axis
b : the slope of the line tangent to a plane curve at a point

Examples of slope in a Sentence

  1. They climbed the steep slope.

  2. What is the angle of the slope?

  3. You can adjust the slope of the ramp.

  4. a slope of 30 degrees

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First Known Use of slope

circa 1568

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SLOPE Defined for English Language Learners

slope

Definition of slope for English Language Learners

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

  • : to not be straight : to lean or slant to the left or right


slope

Definition of slope for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SLOPE Defined for Kids

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slope

noun \ ˈslōp \

Definition of slope for Students

1 : a piece of slanting ground (as a hillside)
  • a steep slope
2 : upward or downward slant
  • the slope of a roof

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slope

verb

Definition of slope for Students

sloped; sloping
: to take a slanting direction
  • The bank slopes down to the river.


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