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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

slope*sloʊp(v.; n.)sloped, slop•ing

  1. (v.i.)to have an inclined or oblique direction or angle, esp. with reference to a horizontal plane; slant.

  2. to move at an inclination or obliquely.

  3. (v.t.)to cause to incline from the horizontal or vertical.

  4. to form with a slope.

  5. (n.)ground that has a natural incline, as the side of a hill.

  6. inclination or slant, esp. downward or upward.

  7. the degree of deviation from the horizontal or vertical.

  8. an inclined surface.

  9. Usu., slopes. hills, esp. foothills.

  10. Math. the tangent of the angle between a given straight line and the x-axis of a system of Cartesian coordinates. the derivative of the function whose graph is a given curve evaluated at a designated point.

    Category: Math

  11. Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to an East Asian, esp. a Vietnamese.)

    Category: Peoples, Status (usage)

* Usage: Definition 12 is a slur and should be avoided. It is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as highly insulting. It refers to the slanting eyes associated with Asians.

Origin of slope:

1495–1505; appar. <aslope

Princeton's WordNet

  1. slope, incline, side(noun)

    an elevated geological formation

    "he climbed the steep slope"; "the house was built on the side of a mountain"

  2. gradient, slope(verb)

    the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal

    "a five-degree gradient"

  3. slope, incline, pitch(verb)

    be at an angle

    "The terrain sloped down"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. slope(noun)ʊp

    a piece of ground that is at an angle

    a house built on a slope; They skied down the slope.

  2. slopeʊp

    the amount of the angle of a slope

    a 25; º slope

  3. slope(verb)ʊp

    (of a piece of ground) to lie at an angle

    a path sloping down to the ocean

  4. slopeʊp

    to not be perfectly vertical

    his sloping handwriting


  1. slope(Noun)

    An area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward.

    I had to climb a small slope to get to the site.

  2. slope(Noun)

    The degree to which a surface tends upward or downward.

    The road has a very sharp downward slope at that point.

  3. slope(Noun)

    The ratio of the vertical and horizontal distances between two points on a line; zero if the line is horizontal, undefined if it is vertical.

    The slope of this line is 0.5

  4. slope(Noun)

    The slope of the line tangent to a curve at a given point.

    The slope of a parabola increases linearly with x.

  5. slope(Noun)

    The angle a roof surface makes with the horizontal, expressed as a ratio of the units of vertical rise to the units of horizontal length (sometimes referred to as run). For English units of measurement, when dimensions are given in inches, slope may be expressed as a ratio of rise to run, such as 4:12 or an an angle.

    The slope of an asphalt shingle roof system should be 4:12 or greater.

  6. slope(Noun)

    A person of Chinese or other East Asian descent.

  7. slope(Verb)

    To tend steadily upward or downward.

    The road slopes sharply down at that point.

  8. slope(Verb)

    To try to move surreptitiously.

    I sloped in through the back door, hoping my boss wouldn't see me.

  9. slope(Verb)

    To hold a rifle at a slope with forearm perpendicular to the body in front holding the butt, the rifle resting on the shoulder.

    The order was given to "slope arms."

  10. Origin: From aslope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slope(verb)

    an oblique direction; a line or direction including from a horizontal line or direction; also, sometimes, an inclination, as of one line or surface to another

  2. Slope(verb)

    any ground whose surface forms an angle with the plane of the horizon

  3. Slope(adj)


  4. Slope(adverb)

    in a sloping manner

  5. Slope(verb)

    to form with a slope; to give an oblique or slanting direction to; to direct obliquely; to incline; to slant; as, to slope the ground in a garden; to slope a piece of cloth in cutting a garment

  6. Slope(verb)

    to take an oblique direction; to be at an angle with the plane of the horizon; to incline; as, the ground slopes

  7. Slope(verb)

    to depart; to disappear suddenly


  1. Slope

    In mathematics, the slope or gradient of a line describes its steepness, incline, or grade. A higher slope value indicates a steeper incline. Slope is normally described by the ratio of the "rise" divided by the "run" between two points on a line. The line may be practical - as set by a road surveyor : or in a diagram that models a road or a roof either as a description or as a plan. The rise of a road between two points is the difference between the altitude of the road at those two points, say y1 and y2, or in other words, the rise is = Δy. For relatively short distances - where the earth's curvature may be neglected, the run is the difference in distance from a fixed point measured along a level, horizontal line, or in other words, the run is = Δx. Here the slope of the road between the two points is simply described as the ratio of the altitude change to the horizontal distance between any two points on the line. In mathematical language, the slope m of the line is The concept of slope applies directly to grades or gradients in geography and civil engineering. Through trigonometry, the grade m of a road is related to its angle of incline θ by As a generalization of this practical description, the mathematics of differential calculus defines the slope of a curve at a point as the slope of the tangent line at that point. When the curve given by a series of points in a diagram or in a list of the coordinates of points, the slope may be calculated not at a point but between any two given points. When the curve is given as a continuous function, perhaps as an algebraic formula, then the differential calculus provides rules giving a formula for the slope of the curve at any point in the middle of the curve.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'slope' in Nouns Frequency: #1610

Anagrams of slope

  1. lopes, olpes, poles, Poles

  2. Lopes

  3. Olpes

  4. Poles

Translations for slope

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a position or direction that is neither level nor upright; an upward or downward slant

The floor is on a slight slope.

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