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.

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

    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)
    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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