slope

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adjective

: that slants : sloping
often used in combination
slope-sided

slope

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verb

sloped; sloping

intransitive verb

1
: to take an oblique course
2
: to lie or fall in a slant : incline
3
: go, travel
slopes off into the nightWolcott Gibbs

transitive verb

: to cause to incline or slant
sloper noun

slope

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noun

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
4
a
: 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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
In the Dolomites, the pleasures of post-slope relaxing are simply woven into the culture. Pilar Guzmán, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2023 Below, Vogue tracks the most noteworthy openings, from restaurants, to stores, to post-slope hotspots. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 26 Nov. 2021 In an interview in September, Friedman said that installing a mid-slope retaining wall downhill from the Georges’ building would cost $5 million. Steven Litt, cleveland, 8 Nov. 2021 Friedman said that the new geotechnical studies show that in order to save the building, the port would have to spend $5 million to install a mid-slope retaining wall. Steven Litt, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2021
Verb
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is particularly vulnerable to climate change, because the land under it is below sea level and slopes downward. Laura Paddison, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 The yard was always soggy — their block sloped down toward them — and there are flies and mosquitoes. Curbed, 23 Jan. 2024 From there, Hermano Drive slopes downward, curving left and gradually steepening before snaking right at a precipitous trajectory more reminiscent of a black-diamond ski slope than a suburban neighborhood. Connor Sheets, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2024 The model’s shoulders are sloping, her breasts small and devoid of nipples. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 The hillside lot is sloped, with the rear yard lower than the front. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Jan. 2024 The diamond stars applied to the mother-of-pearl background are slightly raised to stand out against the sky, and the opening for the tourbillon carriage is sloped inward, like an arena, and polished to emphasize the depth. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 19 Dec. 2023 The side profile of the Ioniq 7 shows its windscreen is steeply raked and a sloping roofline at the rear, unlike the boxy Kia EV9—and both are based on the same E-GMP platform. Jeremy White, WIRED, 1 Jan. 2024 In a private ceremony, the former first lady was buried on a sloping lawn on the property, near a pond where the Carters sometimes practiced their fly-fishing. Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2023
Noun
Mayer’s frogs were mostly found in groups under rocks on steep mountain slopes, the study said. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 16 Feb. 2024 As a result, there weren’t apparent widespread landslides and mudflows across the region’s mountainous slopes. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 In winter, skilled skiers and families alike crowd the runs at Cardrona and Treble Cone, where sheep cling to the lower slopes. Lauren Quaintance, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Feb. 2024 In this analogy, price is your altitude, and inflation is your uphill slope. Tyler Renaghan, Fortune, 12 Feb. 2024 This wine is mainly made up of the oldest vines on the terraced hillside, with a small portion of a couple blocks on the non-terraced slope. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 On a gentle slope like that in Chamonix, these are all factors that would have contributed to the skiers’ performance. Charlie Metcalfe, WIRED, 10 Feb. 2024 Plant winter jasmine as a ground cover on slopes, to disguise walls and fences, or to create a hedge border. Katelyn Chef, Southern Living, 9 Feb. 2024 Fondue is the comfort food of choice—especially after a long day skiing the slopes of Eggli or shoe-showing through the Turbach Valley. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English sloop, probably from aslope, adverb, at an angle

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of slope was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near slope

Cite this Entry

“Slope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slope. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

slope

1 of 3 adjective
: that slants : sloping

slope

2 of 3 verb
sloped; sloping
: to take a slanting direction : give a slant to : incline
sloper noun

slope

3 of 3 noun
1
: ground that forms a natural or artificial incline
2
: upward or downward slant or degree of slant
3
: the ratio of the change in a vertical direction to the change in a horizontal direction between any two points on the graph of a straight line

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