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 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 The appearance will be more natural-looking and less disruptive to the water flow than a low-head dam, and will gradually slope to restore the 120-year-old pool in the White River, Citizens said in a release. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last month, local authorities announced the state had proposed placing Douglas Badger at 10957 Horizon Hills Drive, a home on the northeast slope of Mount Helix, just outside El Cajon city limits. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Apr. 2021 The cause of the fire, which broke out on the slope of Table Mountain on Sunday morning is unknown, Jermaine Carelse, spokesperson for Cape Town Fire and Rescue told CNN. CNN, 18 Apr. 2021 Indian incomes were on a downward slope—and then came the pandemic. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, 25 Feb. 2021 Even as millions of people have gotten vaccinated, and the country teeters on a downward slope of more than 150,000 new coronavirus cases a day, new mutations of the virus are threatening to undermine what little headway the country has made. New York Times, 29 Jan. 2021 The Riesling here comes from the estate on the southwest slope of Arrowhead Mountain. Urmila Ramakrishnan, SFChronicle.com, 27 Oct. 2020 The steep slope is unreachable by cars, further complicating rescue efforts. Nectar Gan, CNN, 28 May 2021 Most bicyclists were forced to get off their bike to make their way up the slope. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, 23 May 2021 Both were farther up the slope, facing in the direction of the tent, their fists tightly clenched. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, 10 May 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 25 Jun. 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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