slope

adjective
\ ˈslōp How to pronounce slope (audio) \

Definition of slope

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: that slants : sloping often used in combinationslope-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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The change in opinion comes as the curve of positive cases continues to slope downward. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin hits all but one goal to reopen as the number of positive cases continues to drop," 12 May 2020 As long as that happens, the trajectory of coronavirus cases will continue to slope upward. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County stay-at-home order could last into summer; more social distancing essential, officials say," 10 Apr. 2020 Some slope side hotels are a haul from the excitement of Main Street, while those closer to the downtown scene don’t always cater to guests interested in skiing. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Lift," 25 Feb. 2020 People with the condition typically have underdeveloped or absent collarbones, which can cause their shoulders to narrow and slope into the body. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "'Stranger Things' actor raises public awareness of rare bone disease," 20 Feb. 2020 Its arm cushions are filled with down, which makes them gently slope for a relaxed look. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Anthropologie’s Spring 2020 Collection Has Something for Everyone," 7 Feb. 2020 The ground should slope away from your foundation, not towards it, and plants should sit at least a foot away from your house. Carmen Collins, Country Living, "Your Basement Just Flooded! Here's What To Do.," 24 Jan. 2020 Audrey Munson’s bronze shoulders slope forward atop the Pulitzer Fountain outside the Plaza Hotel as the Roman goddess Pomona, her soft flesh rippling at her hips. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "The Story of Audrey Munson, the Supermodel You’ve Never Heard Of," 11 Jan. 2020 Sides should slope outward, which aids in flipping. Eric Velasco, al, "How to make crepes at home," 26 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Several communities in the southeastern Catalina Foothills and eastern slope of the Catalina Mountains remained under evacuation, while others had been allowed to return home since the fire started on June 5. Helen Wieffering, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona wildfires: Bighorn Fire at 118,000 acres, 54% containment as others wrap up," 1 July 2020 Luxury living, world-class golf and inspiring vistas await at Clear Creek Tahoe, a resort community on the eastern slope of Carson Range in Nevada. Jordan Guinn, SFChronicle.com, "Getaway: Clear Creek Tahoe resort to host virtual tour Tuesday," 30 June 2020 In East Jerusalem, an archeologist named Eilat Mazar uncovered the foundation walls of a large public building, on a slope that descends from the Temple Mount. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, "In Search of King David’s Lost Empire," 22 June 2020 Had someone removed his body from the slope, or had the jet stream or an avalanche swept it into oblivion? Mark Synnott, National Geographic, "Our team climbed Everest to try to solve its greatest mystery," 16 June 2020 In the real world, 74-year-old Donald Shaw is walking on the empty, parched grass slope by Tulsa’s noisy crosstown expressway. Ellen Knickmeyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Near Trump’s rally site, black Tulsa lives with fiery legacy," 17 June 2020 Different engraving techniques were used to represent the volcano’s southern slope, which is furrowed by features such as rivers, runoffs and ravines, according to INAH. Fox News, "Ancient 'volcano map' discovered carved into large volcanic rock," 17 June 2020 Indian press reports suggest that the troops had been meeting to discuss the details of a withdrawal when a fight broke out, causing Indian soldiers to fall down a slope. The Economist, "Death valley India and China have their first deadly clashes in 45 years," 16 June 2020 The transition slope will more likely be a U-shaped phenom for the likes of energy and entertainment. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Is a second wave inevitable? The stock markets seem to think so," 15 June 2020

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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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The first known use of slope was in the 15th century

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“Slope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slope. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for slope

slope

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slope

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slope (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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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