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

Residents have moved farther up a slope from where the settlement sits. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Massive iceberg looms off Greenland coast, threatening tiny village," 13 July 2018 The site is on a south-facing slope on a knoll next to tundra and lakes that drain into a river. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "A new hut with dramatic views rose up this summer in Alaska’s Hatcher Pass backcountry," 8 July 2018 His extensive experience working under the stars in the heart of the city has prepared him well for the Japanese Garden, where scenic designer Ralph Funicello's bare platform is backed by minimalist Gothic arches and a forested slope beyond. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Henry IV': Theater Review," 9 June 2018 But more interesting than the funicular, in my opinion, is what runs up the mountain right alongside it: a two-mile staircase with a slope that gets up to a glute-grinding 65-percent gradient. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World's Longest Staircase Is in Switzerland," 4 June 2018 Talus is a geographical term for a slope or mound, and William is often shortened to Bill or Billy. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Top 5 distilleries," 4 June 2018 Turning to Dust Gianluca Piovesan from the University of Tuscia and his colleagues came across the elderly Heldreich’s pine on a steep, rocky slope high in the mountains of Pollino National Park. National Geographic, "Oldest European Tree Found—And It's Having a Growth Spurt," 25 May 2018 Taste his impressive wines, such as the Ermitage Vielle Vigne Les Serpentines, from a vineyard planted on a dramatic 55-degree slope. Ray Isle, Smithsonian, "Your Next Favorite European Wine Region Isn’t in France, Italy or Spain," 23 May 2018 The linear fit has a slope of 43 m/s2—so not quite the same, but still close. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Physics of Swinging a Mass on a String for Fun," 9 May 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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