(slōp), v., sloped, slop•ing, n.
- to have or take an inclined or oblique direction or angle considered with reference to a vertical or horizontal plane;
- to move at an inclination or obliquely:They sloped gradually westward.
- to direct at a slant or inclination; incline from the horizontal or vertical:The sun sloped its beams.
- to form with a slope or slant:to slope an embankment.
- British Termsslope off, [Chiefly Brit. Slang.] to make one's way out slowly or furtively.
- ground that has a natural incline, as the side of a hill.
- inclination or slant, esp. downward or upward.
- deviation from the horizontal or vertical.
- an inclined surface.
- Usually,slopes. hills, esp. foothills or bluffs:the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
- the tangent of the angle between a given straight line and the x-axis of a system of Cartesian coordinates.
Slang Terms[Slang](disparaging and offensive). an Asian, esp. a Vietnamese.
- the derivative of the function whose graph is a given curve evaluated at a designated point.
Etymology:1495–1505; aphetic variant of aslope;
1 . Slope, slant mean to incline away from a relatively straight surface or line used as a reference. To slope is to incline vertically in an oblique direction:The ground slopes(upward or downward) sharply here. To slant is to fall to one side, to lie obliquely to some line whether horizontal or perpendicular:The road slants off to the right.
akin to slip1