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

Typical hangers slope downward from the hook, but Higher Hangers dip at the center, then rise on each side like a shoulder shrug. Los Angeles Times, "Gear that keeps clothes neat, you cool, and your feet and your dog happy," 18 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the slope for white managers was much steeper than that for black people. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Investment managers don’t understand how to rate funds managed by black people," 13 Aug. 2019 Skiers were able to hit the slopes on the 4th of July for just the second time in 22 years. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "It’s been a cold 2019 in Colorado. Climate change is still happening.," 11 July 2019 But families still flock to the old slopes for sledding and tubing. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Rocky Mountain National Park," 8 May 2019 If the itch to explore strikes, downhill enthusiasts should try the 23 slopes of nearby Mohawk Mountain; lessons for both experts and beginners are available. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "8 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways From New York City," 29 Dec. 2018 That includes replacing a sidewalk flag with an improper slope that does not drain toward the curb and retains water. New York Times, "How Much Water Does It Really Take to Wash a Sidewalk?," 7 July 2018 The head-on styling is SUV-sturdy with a fast slope to the rear roofline trailing to a split-glass liftgate. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Forever young," 22 June 2018 This trail is an easier climb with a gentler slope than the one to Bear Point. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "12 Anchorage-area hikes you can do in about 5 hours or less," 15 June 2018 Eleven oceanographic thermometers spaced between 50 and 800 feet in depth have continually provided temperature data on the reef slope for years. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "How a Team of Submersible-Bound Scientists Redefined Reef Ecosystems," 28 Mar. 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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