slope

adjective
\ ˈslōp How to pronounce slope (audio) \

Definition of slope

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

slope

verb
sloped; sloping

Definition of slope (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to cause to incline or slant

slope

noun

Definition of slope (Entry 3 of 3)

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 x-axis
b : the slope of the line tangent to a plane curve at a point

Other Words from slope

Verb

sloper noun

Examples of slope in a Sentence

Verb 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 Noun 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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Below, Vogue tracks the most noteworthy openings, from restaurants, to stores, to post-slope hotspots. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 26 Nov. 2021 In an interview in September, Friedman said that installing a mid-slope retaining wall downhill from the Georges’ building would cost $5 million. Steven Litt, cleveland, 8 Nov. 2021 Friedman said that the new geotechnical studies show that in order to save the building, the port would have to spend $5 million to install a mid-slope retaining wall. Steven Litt, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Roads slope down to a handful of beaches like luge runs, and at Rosewood Beach, a pleasant stone staircase winds down to the water. Christopher Borrelli, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2022 Roads slope down to a handful of beaches like luge runs, and at Rosewood Beach, a pleasant stone staircase winds down to the water. Christopher Borrelli, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2022 Roads slope down to a handful of beaches like luge runs, and at Rosewood Beach, a pleasant stone staircase winds down to the water. Christopher Borrelli, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2022 Roads slope down to a handful of beaches like luge runs, and at Rosewood Beach, a pleasant stone staircase winds down to the water. Christopher Borrelli, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2022 Roads slope down to a handful of beaches like luge runs, and at Rosewood Beach, a pleasant stone staircase winds down to the water. Christopher Borrelli, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2022 Roads slope down to a handful of beaches like luge runs, and at Rosewood Beach, a pleasant stone staircase winds down to the water. Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune, 9 July 2022 Official policy is that the treadway should slope down at a 5-degree angle. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 May 2022 If possible, slope the window sill downwards, so water easily drains off. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Young’s ball bounced off to the right over the green, and his return chip flew past the pin and down the slope. Steve Douglas, BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2022 Plus, campers wake to views of the Sierra Nevada’s eastern slope towering above. Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 The vault is on the eastern slope of a ridge near a public boardwalk. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 6 Dec. 2021 The Caldor Fire breached Echo Summit and began descending the eastern Sierra slope toward South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday, with firefighters forced to battle the inferno on two separate fronts. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Aug. 2021 On the eastern slope of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, this National Scenic Area stretches over 18,610 acres of ecologically sensitive desert landscape, filled with graceful natural arches and curious rock formations. Libby Leonard, National Geographic, 10 Aug. 2020 Additional considerations include plaster finish versus pebble tech finish and whether the pool requires a deepened footing because of proximity to a slope or bank. Mia Taylor, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Aug. 2022 Nicholas Fairall, 33, an US Olympic ski jumper in Sochi, was competing in a World Cup event in Austria in 2015 when his ski stuck for a fraction of a second in wet snow, catapulting him headfirst into the slope at 70 m.p.h. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2022 Nunez said the development plans were within restrictions of the slope ordinances. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 26 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of slope

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1591, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for slope

Adjective

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

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More Definitions for slope

slope

noun
\ ˈslōp How to pronounce slope (audio) \

Kids Definition of slope

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

slope

verb
sloped; sloping

Kids Definition of slope (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take a slanting direction The bank slopes down to the river.

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