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

The Rodríguez brothers now tend vineyards that slope precipitously above the meandering Sil river hundreds of feet below, and bottle some single-parcel vintages, all superlative examples of what the area can offer. Tom Downey, WSJ, "A Spanish Food and Wine Region Comes Alive Again," 6 Dec. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The civilians scrambled up the steep slope on the far side of the village. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 After practicing self-arrest techniques with an ice axe on steep, icy slopes, they’re taught to use a three-to-one (or sometimes a five-to-one) pulley system for rescuing each other from any hidden crevasses along the way. Scott Yorko, Popular Mechanics, "Back to Alaska: How a Legendary Glacier Adventure Almost Died When the World Needed It Most," 12 Sep. 2018 The villa is perched on a steep slope that overlooks a 36-foot drop to a river below. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Greenery camouflages this modern villa in Bali," 17 July 2018 Among new fires Saturday, a blaze erupted on a steep mountain slope just above the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank and helicopters pounded it with water to try to keep it from getting out of hand. Washington Post, "Wildfires rage through California amid heat rage," 8 July 2018 The steep slope of the sand during high tide leaves even the most fit visitors out of breath. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Puerto Penasco: A first-timer's guide to affordable Mexican beach town," 25 June 2018 Depending on where one’s plot was situated on the steep slope, a grower might get an ample stream of water, a trickle or nothing at all. Joe Mozingo, latimes.com, "One of L.A.'s oldest community gardens thrived for decades. Then the water wars began.," 4 June 2018 Across the North Carolina mountains, there were hundreds of those dots, many of them clustered diagonally along the Blue Ridge escarpment, where steep slopes signal the mountains’ rise. Andrew Carter And Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "NC dropped program to map landslide hazards. Could it have prevented the latest deaths?," 31 May 2018 Examples might be long, narrow spaces or particularly steep slopes. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "It's time to make up ground in your garden with this guide to ground covers | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 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 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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