Definition of Slope

1. Noun. An elevated geological formation. "The house was built on the side of a mountain"

2. Verb. Be at an angle. "The terrain sloped down"
Exact synonyms: Incline, Pitch
Specialized synonyms: Ascend, Stoop, Fall, Climb, Dip
Generic synonyms: Angle, Lean, Slant, Tilt, Tip
Derivative terms: Inclination, Inclination, Inclination, Inclination, Incline, Incline, Pitch

3. Noun. The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal. "A five-degree gradient"
Exact synonyms: Gradient
Specialized synonyms: Grade, Pitch, Rake, Slant, Abruptness, Precipitousness, Steepness, Gentleness, Gradualness
Generic synonyms: Position, Spatial Relation

Definition of Slope

1. n. An oblique direction; a line or direction including from a horizontal line or direction; also, sometimes, an inclination, as of one line or surface to another.

2. a. Sloping.

3. adv. In a sloping manner.

4. v. t. To form with a slope; to give an oblique or slanting direction to; to direct obliquely; to incline; to slant; as, to slope the ground in a garden; to slope a piece of cloth in cutting a garment.

5. v. i. To take an oblique direction; to be at an angle with the plane of the horizon; to incline; as, the ground slopes.

6. n. The part of a continent descending toward, and draining to, a particular ocean; as, the Pacific slope.

Definition of Slope

1. Noun. An area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward. ¹

2. Noun. The degree to which a surface tends upward or downward. ¹

3. Noun. (mathematics) The ratio of the vertical and horizontal distances between two points on a line; zero if the line is horizontal, undefined if it is vertical. ¹

4. Noun. (mathematics) The slope of the line tangent to a curve at a given point. ¹

5. Noun. The angle a roof surface makes with the horizontal, expressed as a ratio of the units of vertical rise to the units of horizontal length (sometimes referred to as run). For English units of measurement, when dimensions are given in inches, slope may be expressed as a ratio of rise to run, such as 4:12 or an an angle. ¹

6. Noun. (vulgar highly offensive) A person of Chinese or other East Asian descent. ¹

7. Verb. To tend steadily upward or downward. ¹

8. Verb. (colloquial usually followed by a preposition) To try to move surreptitiously. ¹

9. Verb. (military) To hold a rifle at a slope with forearm perpendicular to the body in front holding the butt, the rifle resting on the shoulder. ¹

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Definition of Slope

1. to slant [v SLOPED, SLOPING, SLOPES] - See also: slant

Medical Definition of Slope

1. 1. An oblique direction; a line or direction including from a horizontal line or direction; also, sometimes, an inclination, as of one line or surface to another. 2. Any ground whose surface forms an angle with the plane of the horizon. " buildings the summit and slope of a hill." (Macaulay) "Under the slopes of Pisgah." (Deut. Iv. 49. (Rev. Ver)) A slope, considered as descending, is a declivity; considered as ascending, an acclivity. Slope of a plane, the direction of the plane; as, parallel planes have the same slope. Origin: Formed (like abode fr. Abide) from OE. Slipen. See Slip. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Slope

slop basin
slop bowl
slop bucket
slop chest
slop jar
slop pail
slope (current term)
slope culture
slope field
slope fields
slope off

Literary usage of Slope

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1. Proceedings by American Society of Civil Engineers (1903)
"With temperatures of water near 70° Fahr., the slope varies nearly Mr. Mills ... Above this velocity the slope increases much more rapidly, changing from F= ..."

2. Nature by Nature Publishing Group, Norman Lockyer (1883)
"Under these circumstances the slope of the water surface varied, ... Further, the difference of slope in the parts of the reach above and below the site of ..."

3. The Principles and Practice of Surveying by Charles Blaney Breed, George Leonard Hosmer (1908)
"(1) By measurement of slope and cross-section and the computation of flow by ... The slope method of measuring stream flow requires a straight stretch of ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"Practically the chief point of importance is to cover the outer slope and the top of the mound with the largest stones that can be pr*> cured, ..."

5. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1895)
"Its average slope, beyond the beach 18 feet wide, is 17£°. Except off the growing deltas on the east side, there are indications in the sections of a narrow ..."

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