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Definition of slope

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


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



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

Other Words from slope


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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Roads slope down to a handful of beaches like luge runs, and at Rosewood Beach, a pleasant stone staircase winds down to the water. Christopher Borrelli, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2022 Roads slope down to a handful of beaches like luge runs, and at Rosewood Beach, a pleasant stone staircase winds down to the water. Christopher Borrelli, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2022 Roads slope down to a handful of beaches like luge runs, and at Rosewood Beach, a pleasant stone staircase winds down to the water. Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune, 9 July 2022 Official policy is that the treadway should slope down at a 5-degree angle. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 May 2022 If possible, slope the window sill downwards, so water easily drains off. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 May 2022 The small building lights twinkling on rolling hills felt familiar, like the view from my grandmother’s fifth-story apartment in Beirut, another city where mountains slope into the sea. Raffi Joe Wartanian, Outside Online, 8 Oct. 2020 The pipe must slope evenly from the highest point of the bed to the lowest point, where water can discharge out of the garden to work properly. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 The cobblestone streets of downtown Richmond, Virginia, gently slope to a low-lying area where a dark history is hidden. Kristen Green, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On Monday, a 79-year-old man from Florida fell to his death while trying to climb a steep off-trail slope with friends, according to a statement from the National Park Service. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, 27 July 2022 Its dozens of homes climb a gentle slope along the southeastern lip of Apyterewa, where much of the forest has been destroyed. Washington Post, 27 July 2022 Bertram dubbed the new slope Suicide Six, jokingly suggesting that skiers willing to take a run down it risk killing themselves. Kevin Cullen,, 21 July 2022 Two biologists lugged the cooler down a rocky slope to the riverbank and set it down next to specialized incubator tanks, where water flowing from the river was circulating through the system. Ian Jamesstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2022 Joohyung Kim, the 20-year-old South Korean, also had a brief share of the lead with a brilliant play on the 17th in which his ball rolled off the back slope to 5 feet for birdie. Fox News, 11 July 2022 One of the trekkers, Briton Harry Shimmin, managed to capture on video the moment snow chipped off a mountain top in the distance, before blanketing the slope and engulfing the group. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 11 July 2022 Study that beautiful flowering ground cover spreading widely over a slope. Lynlee Austell, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 July 2022 Green's tee shot landed at the front of the green before using the slope to funnel to the front left pin position. Cameron Jourdan, USA TODAY, 8 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of slope


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1591, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


circa 1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for slope


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

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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


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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