WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
slope /sloʊp/USA pronunciation
v., sloped, slop•ing,n.
to (cause to) have an inclined angle;
slant: [no object]The roof sloped sharply upward.[~ + object]The builder sloped the roof sharply upward.
[countable] ground that has a natural incline, such as the side of a hill:the sharp slopes of the hills.
- slant, esp. downward or upward.
- the amount or degree of such a slant.
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slope /sləʊp/ vb
- to lie or cause to lie at a slanting or oblique angle
- (intransitive) (esp of natural features) to follow an inclined course: many paths sloped down the hillside
- (intr; followed by off, away, etc) to go furtively
- (transitive) (formerly) to hold (a rifle) in the slope position (esp in the command slope arms)
Etymology: 15th Century: short for aslope, perhaps from the past participle of Old English āslūpan to slip away, from slūpan to slipˈsloper n ˈsloping adj
- an inclined portion of ground
- (plural) hills or foothills
- any inclined surface or line
- the degree or amount of such inclination
- (of a line) the tangent of the angle between the line and another line parallel to the x-axis
- (formerly) the position adopted for British military drill when the rifle is rested on the shoulder
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