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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
slope /sloʊp/USA pronunciation
v., sloped, slop•ing, n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to (cause to) have an inclined angle;
slant: [no object]The roof sloped sharply upward.[~ + object]The builder sloped the roof sharply upward.
- ground that has a natural incline, such as the side of a hill:[countable]the sharp slopes of the hills.
- slant, esp. downward or upward.
- the amount or degree of such a slant.
(slōp),USA pronunciation v., sloped, slop•ing, n. v.i.
- 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.
- 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 Unabridged 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
- 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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