What does slope mean?

Definitions for slope
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slope, incline, sidenoun

    an elevated geological formation

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

  2. gradient, slopeverb

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

    "a five-degree gradient"

  3. slope, incline, pitchverb

    be at an angle

    "The terrain sloped down"

Wiktionary

  1. slopenoun

    An area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward.

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

    Etymology: From aslope.

  2. slopenoun

    The degree to which a surface tends upward or downward.

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

    Etymology: From aslope.

  3. slopenoun

    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

    Etymology: From aslope.

  4. slopenoun

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

    The slope of a parabola increases linearly with x.

    Etymology: From aslope.

  5. slopenoun

    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.

    Etymology: From aslope.

  6. slopenoun

    A person of Chinese or other East Asian descent.

    Etymology: From aslope.

  7. slopeverb

    To tend steadily upward or downward.

    The road slopes sharply down at that point.

    Etymology: From aslope.

  8. slopeverb

    To try to move surreptitiously.

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

    Etymology: From aslope.

  9. slopeverb

    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."

    Etymology: From aslope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slopeverb

    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

    Etymology: [Formed (like abode fr. abide) from OE. slipen. See Slip, v. i.]

  2. Slopeverb

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

    Etymology: [Formed (like abode fr. abide) from OE. slipen. See Slip, v. i.]

  3. Slopeadjective

    sloping

    Etymology: [Formed (like abode fr. abide) from OE. slipen. See Slip, v. i.]

  4. Slopeadverb

    in a sloping manner

    Etymology: [Formed (like abode fr. abide) from OE. slipen. See Slip, v. i.]

  5. Slopeverb

    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

    Etymology: [Formed (like abode fr. abide) from OE. slipen. See Slip, v. i.]

  6. Slopeverb

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

    Etymology: [Formed (like abode fr. abide) from OE. slipen. See Slip, v. i.]

  7. Slopeverb

    to depart; to disappear suddenly

    Etymology: [Formed (like abode fr. abide) from OE. slipen. See Slip, v. i.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Slope

    slōp, n. any incline down which a thing may slip: a direction downward.—v.t. to form with a slope, or obliquely.—v.i. to be inclined, to slant: (slang) to decamp, disappear.—adv. in a sloping manner.—adv. Slope′wise, obliquely.—p.adj. Slō′ping, inclining from a horizontal or other right line.—adv. Slō′pingly, in a sloping manner: with a slope.—adj. Slō′py, sloping, inclined: oblique. [A.S. slípan, pa.t. sláp, to slip.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Slope

    To run away with expedition, as it were down the slope of a hill.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for slope »

  1. lopes, olpes, poles, Poles

  2. Lopes

  3. Olpes

  4. Poles

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slope in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slope in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of slope in a Sentence

  1. Martin Lee:

    I hope the Canadian government and the Canadian Parliament will speak up for us at this difficult stage, if Hong Kong were to go down the slippery slope as now, Hong Kong will become just another Chinese city.

  2. Sadiq Khan:

    The idea that we restrict freedom of speech, the right to assemble, the right to protest because somebody might be offended is a slippery slope.

  3. David Bahnsen:

    Overall value-type stocks probably do better than growth, on the margin, if they’re going to go get another $1 trillion and push bond yields higher and the slope of the yield curve steeper, banks are going to benefit.

  4. Julia Mancuso:

    The biggest injury is in the knees and back soreness, and that can be prevented by making sure you do all your core exercise before you get on the slope-- including a little core routine in the morning before your start.

  5. Clive Staples Lewis:

    The safest road to hell is the gradual one-the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.

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Translations for slope

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  • منحدر, مَيْلArabic
  • svah, stoupání, sklonCzech
  • rhiwWelsh
  • Steigung, Hang, Schlitzauge, Ableitung, Gradient, SchlitziGerman
  • εφαπτομένη, συντελεστής διεύθυνσηςGreek
  • cuesta, inclinación, pendiente, ojo chueco, chuequito, desnivel, cuesta abajoSpanish
  • kiliEstonian
  • شیبPersian
  • kaltevuus, jyrkkyys, [[tehdä]] [[kallistus]], livahtaa, [[pitää]] [[olka, rinne, kulmakerroin, gradientti, viettää, kallistaa, vinosilmä, hiipiäFinnish
  • pente, inclinaisonFrench
  • fána, sléim, ardú, caitheamh le fána, céim fhánaIrish
  • pendenteGalician
  • meredekség, emelkedő, lejtő, ferdeszeműHungarian
  • lerengIndonesian
  • inclinazione, muso giallo, pendio, pendenzaItalian
  • 勾配, 坂道, 傾斜率, 傾斜, スロープ, 坂, 傾斜角Japanese
  • эңкейиш, эңкейүүKyrgyz
  • panaunga, tahataha, harapaki, tāwhatinga, aupakiMāori
  • lerengMalay
  • steilte, glooiing, glooien, helling, spleetoog, richtingscoëfficient, sluipenDutch
  • bakke, oppoverbakke, helling, skråning, nedoverbakke, stigningNorwegian
  • skarpa, stok, zboczePolish
  • ladeira, declive, gradiente, inclinação, inclinar, amarelo, olho puxadoPortuguese
  • pantăRomanian
  • скат, наклон, склон, откос, уклон, узкоглазый, косоглазыйRussian
  • о̀бронак, падина, pàdina, косѝна, косооки, нагиб, òbronak, nagib, kosìna, kosookiSerbo-Croatian
  • sklon, stúpanie, svahSlovak
  • strmina, klanec, naklonSlovene
  • mteremkoSwahili
  • వాలుTelugu

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