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

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

Anny Choi, Market Editor My Ludwig Reiter boots meant for the slopes have been a lifesaver this brutal New York City winter. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Vogue Staffers Pick the Best Shoes to Wear to Work This Winter," 25 Jan. 2019 The Southern Alps’ heavily vegetated westernmost slopes plunge, Jurassic Park–style, toward the sea. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "We Should All Just Move to New Zealand," 17 Jan. 2019 Off the slopes, the new Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton is a way to get out of the cold. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 Shortly after, the couple reportedly jetted off for a honeymoon over the holidays on the snowy slopes of Montana with a ton of family members in tow. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "All the Pictures From Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s Reported Honeymoon Ski Trip," 1 Jan. 2019 At her Christmas Eve party this year, Kim threw caution to the wind and headed down an faux snow covered sledding slope in a revealing white dress along with her old friend Paris Hilton. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Kim Kardashian Had a Major Wardrobe Malfunction at Her Christmas Eve Party," 28 Dec. 2018 From the outside, the roofs’ unusual convex slopes come together to create eaves that softly fold into and arch over each other. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern Japanese house in the woods looks like fallen leaves," 14 Dec. 2018 However slippery an ethics slope gene editing may be, lying on consent forms is rarely a good sign. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Legal vs. Illegal Gene Editing: Here's What's Banned, and Why," 4 Dec. 2018 There's a pleasant balance between sportiness and comfort that is sometimes missing in this segment, and the car itself is nice to look at with its curves and slopes. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Variable-compression engine meets crossover: Infiniti QX50 review," 8 Nov. 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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The first known use of slope was in the 15th century

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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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