slope

adjective
\ˈslōp \

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

In New York, the track beds are open, and platforms slope subtly toward them, so that water flows off. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 The earth around your house should slope at least one inch per foot going away from your house for about six to eight feet out from the house. Kevin Brasler, Philly.com, "Solve a wet basement by fixing the problem, not managing it," 1 May 2018 Barrier island beaches such as those at Ocean City naturally slope gradually into the ocean, with sandbars just off shore, ideally creating relatively shallow and calm waters closest to land. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "A wider, deeper beach awaits Ocean City vacationers, but is it safe?," 24 May 2018 Because Roosevelt Road is elevated above the north end of the site, SOM’s design is for the site to slope gradually from north to south. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "No small plans for 62-acre South Loop site along Chicago River," 10 May 2018 The best way to keep your greenhouse from flooding is to raise it a bit and allow the ground around it to slightly slope down. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Greenhouse," 7 May 2018 Walking through the memorial, the floor begins to slope downward and the steel columns rise overhead. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Alabama memorial captures the scale of racial terror in the U.S.," 3 May 2018 As one rounds the square space, the ground begins to slope down, illuminating each of the 800 corten-steel monuments, one for each county in the United States where a racial terror took place. Angela Helm, The Root, "The New Lynching Memorial and Legacy Museum Force Us to Bear Witness to Our Whole American Truth," 25 Apr. 2018 Slim headlamps slope downward toward the Toyota logo on the front of the RAV4, while the lower intake is framed by a bumper with contrasting angles, creating a sort of open-mouthed frown punctuated by fog-lamp dimples on either side. Michael Simari, Car and Driver, "2018 Toyota RAV4," 16 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So a mudslide would be mud and water sliding down a slope, slipping, kind of a blob. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Why fire-scorched California is now readying for mudslides," 30 Nov. 2018 Carol Popelier was comfortable on the slopes, said her brother, Dan Sebold. Olivia King, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County couple married for 43 years dies 9 days apart," 27 June 2018 Koepka pulled it to the left, down the slope, and into thick grass. Doug Ferguson, BostonGlobe.com, "Brooks Koepka repeats as US Open champion," 17 June 2018 The highlight of the east-west trail is watching Lucy Brook plunge off a 20-foot-high waterfall at the top of the ridge and tumble down the trap-rock slope. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "The Gift Of Tanager Hill For Generations To Fall In Love With," 21 Apr. 2018 And that's been evident for producer Frederic Bertherlot, who has a small eight-hectare vineyard on the slopes above a tiny village in France's Champagne region. Vanesa Brashier, Houston Chronicle, "City of Cleveland puts itself in spotlight at Allies Day," 12 Mar. 2018 Landscaping After the surrounding hillsides were denuded during stadium construction, the team began planting the now-mature forest on the slopes nearest the parking lots. Matt Jaffe, Los Angeles Magazine, "Why Dodger Stadium Is One of a Kind," 7 Mar. 2018 The state sponsored crash testing in Texas in 2001, to determine how well earth berms of various slopes protect vehicles that go off the road. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Washington state to pay $28 million to woman paralyzed in I-5 crash in Pierce County," 15 Oct. 2018 Meighan Cordie's body, hidden at the bottom of the steep slope, wasn't discovered until some joggers spotted it off the roadway four days after the Aug. 18 incident, Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry said at a news conference. Gillian Flaccus, Fox News, "DA: Missing woman died instantly in jump from mom's car," 27 Sep. 2018

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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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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 \

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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