slope

adjective
\ ˈslōp How to pronounce slope (audio) \

Definition of slope

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: that slants : sloping often used in combinationslope-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 As long as that happens, the trajectory of coronavirus cases will continue to slope upward. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County stay-at-home order could last into summer; more social distancing essential, officials say," 10 Apr. 2020 Some slope side hotels are a haul from the excitement of Main Street, while those closer to the downtown scene don’t always cater to guests interested in skiing. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Lift," 25 Feb. 2020 People with the condition typically have underdeveloped or absent collarbones, which can cause their shoulders to narrow and slope into the body. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "'Stranger Things' actor raises public awareness of rare bone disease," 20 Feb. 2020 Its arm cushions are filled with down, which makes them gently slope for a relaxed look. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Anthropologie’s Spring 2020 Collection Has Something for Everyone," 7 Feb. 2020 The ground should slope away from your foundation, not towards it, and plants should sit at least a foot away from your house. Carmen Collins, Country Living, "Your Basement Just Flooded! Here's What To Do.," 24 Jan. 2020 Audrey Munson’s bronze shoulders slope forward atop the Pulitzer Fountain outside the Plaza Hotel as the Roman goddess Pomona, her soft flesh rippling at her hips. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "The Story of Audrey Munson, the Supermodel You’ve Never Heard Of," 11 Jan. 2020 Sides should slope outward, which aids in flipping. Eric Velasco, al, "How to make crepes at home," 26 Dec. 2019 The fields will be contoured and manicured to slope to the drain. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland, "The big muddy mess at Clague Playhouse will soon be a Westlake asset," 11 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Upon first glance, the bars, which were color-coded to represent each county, show a steady downward slope. Fox News, "Georgia apologizes over 'processing error' after accusations officials were manipulating coronavirus case counts," 19 May 2020 The researchers say that permafrost, or permanently frozen ground, may exist in the area and may be helping to keep the slope stable. New York Times, "‘It Could Happen Anytime’: Scientists Warn of Alaska Tsunami Threat," 14 May 2020 This created a smaller slope for the rear wheels to climb. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "'Mini Rover' can wiggle and crawl its way across tricky terrain on other planets," 13 May 2020 Its broad slopes dip by about one degree from the middle toward the edges, whereas a typical undersea volcano has a decline of five to 10 degrees. William W. Sager, Scientific American, "Giant Volcano Rewrites the Story of Seafloor Formation," 1 May 2020 The Tahoe Forest Health System covers an area spanning about 3,500 square miles, including some of the country’s premier ski slopes. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "In pandemic, it’s ‘us versus them’," 26 Apr. 2020 In the Central Highlands of Victoria, up snow slopes, Kurzel and his crew found a winter wetland strewn with trees that had been fire-ravaged in the summer months. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ director, stars on their hypnotic outlaw saga," 23 Apr. 2020 To his point, a new study published in Nature suggests that mass extinction will look like a cliff rather than a slope as previously predicted. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "How A Nonagenarian Insists We Can Avoid The Age of Loneliness," 21 Apr. 2020 During his press conference Friday, Beshear laid out some of the things that needed to happen to re-open the state, including a 14-day downward slope of cases. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Kentucky: Gov. Andy Beshear to provide updates at 5 p.m. Saturday," 18 Apr. 2020

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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 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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