to have or take an inclined or oblique direction or angle considered with reference to a vertical or horizontal plane; slant.
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.
the derivative of the function whose graph is a given curve evaluated at a designated point.
Slang Terms(disparaging and offensive). an Asian, esp. a Vietnamese.
1495–1505; aphetic variant of aslope; akin to slip1
1.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedSlope,slant mean to incline away from a relatively straight surface or line used as a reference. Toslope is to incline vertically in an oblique direction:The ground slopes(upward or downward) sharply here.Toslant is to fall to one side, to lie obliquely to some line whether horizontal or perpendicular:The road slants off to the right.