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

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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 Gray sand lines the shoreline on the beach, hemmed in by rolling hills that gently slope down to the ocean. oregonlive, 14 July 2021 The distinctive shape comes from the structure’s cantilevered rooflines, which slope gently down from the edges, and its trapezoidal concrete walls. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 11 Apr. 2021 The sides of the canyon slope down in undulating rock formations to the water, which has declined about 26 feet over the past year. Ian James, AZCentral.com, 1 Jan. 2021 Scars now slope across the right side of his face and neck. NBC News, 28 Dec. 2020 Some people reappear, others pop up once then slope off after saying their thing and making an impression. Malcom Forbes, Star Tribune, 28 Dec. 2020 At some point, the curves always slope downward, though this wasn’t obvious for all states until the summer. Jay W. Richards, National Review, 4 Oct. 2020 The soils around a wood foundation must slope away from the house at a 5% grade for a distance of a least ten feet. Reuben Saltzman, Star Tribune, 1 Oct. 2020 The saucepans have pour spouts, an underrated feature, and the handles are wide and slope in for ergonomic grabbing. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 29 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These crusts grow on patches of seabed where sediments can’t settle because of a slope or currents. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, 15 July 2021 The new project, in which Alyeska is installing about 100 free-standing thermosyphons 40 to 60 feet into the ground, is required to keep a broader slope from collapsing or sliding and damaging the supports. NBC News, 11 July 2021 It is set on a steep slope leading down to a bay and is famous for a hot springs resort. Washington Post, 5 July 2021 Running into them will be like sprinting up a 25-degree slope. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 Built in 1860 and completely redesigned and expanded in 1928, the mansion overlooks the Great Lawn, a park-like slope between Hartford Road and Forest Street. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 29 June 2021 On May 26, a hiker was rescued after surviving a fall hundreds of feet down a slope and cliff. CBS News, 28 June 2021 An Ohio man died after tumbling down a mountain slope Friday in Wrangell-St. Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2021 The actress suffered blunt force trauma after falling on a beginner's slope while out with an instructor and refusing initial medical treatment after the accident. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 26 June 2021

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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 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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