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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
slope /sloʊp/USA pronunciation   v., sloped, slop•ing, n. 

v. 
  1. to (cause to) have an inclined angle;
    slant: [no object]The roof sloped sharply upward.[+ object]The builder sloped the roof sharply upward.

n. 
  1. ground that has a natural incline, such as the side of a hill[countable]the sharp slopes of the hills.
[uncountable]
    • slant, esp. downward or upward.
    • the amount or degree of such a slant.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
slope  (slōp), 
v., sloped, slop•ing, n. 

v.i. 
  1. to have or take an inclined or oblique direction or angle considered with reference to a vertical or horizontal plane;
    slant.
  2. to move at an inclination or obliquely:They sloped gradually westward.

v.t. 
  1. to direct at a slant or inclination; incline from the horizontal or vertical:The sun sloped its beams.
  2. to form with a slope or slant:to slope an embankment.
  3. British Termsslope off, [Chiefly Brit. Slang.] to make one's way out slowly or furtively.

n. 
  1. ground that has a natural incline, as the side of a hill.
  2. inclination or slant, esp. downward or upward.
  3. deviation from the horizontal or vertical.
  4. an inclined surface.
  5. Usually,slopes. hills, esp. foothills or bluffs:the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
  6. [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.
  7. Slang Terms[Slang](disparaging and offensive). an Asian, esp. a Vietnamese.
Etymology:1495–1505; aphetic variant of aslope;
akin to slip1
sloping•ly, adv. 
sloping•ness, n. 
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.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

slope /sləʊp/ vb
  1. to lie or cause to lie at a slanting or oblique angle
  2. (intransitive) (esp of natural features) to follow an inclined course: many paths sloped down the hillside
  3. (intr; followed by off, away, etc) to go furtively
  4. (transitive) (formerly) to hold (a rifle) in the slope position (esp in the command slope arms)
n
  1. an inclined portion of ground
  2. (plural) hills or foothills
  3. any inclined surface or line
  4. the degree or amount of such inclination
  5. (of a line) the tangent of the angle between the line and another line parallel to the x-axis
  6. (formerly) the position adopted for British military drill when the rifle is rested on the shoulder
Etymology: 15th Century: short for aslope, perhaps from the past participle of Old English āslūpan to slip away, from slūpan to slip

ˈsloper n ˈsloping adj



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