From aslope (adjective, adverb).
- (General American) IPA(key): /sloʊp/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /sləʊp/
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- Rhymes: -əʊp
- An area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward.
- I had to climb a small slope to get to the site.
- a steep slope
- The degree to which a surface tends upward or downward.
- The road has a very sharp downward slope at that point.
- (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.
- The slope of this line is 0.5
- (mathematics) The slope of the line tangent to a curve at a given point.
- The slope of a parabola increases linearly with x.
- 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).
- The slope of an asphalt shingle roof system should be 4:12 or greater.
- (vulgar, offensive, ethnic slur) A person of Chinese or other East Asian descent.
- (area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward): bank, embankment, gradient, hill, incline
- (degree to which a surface tends upward or downward): gradient
- (mathematics): first derivative, gradient
- (offensive: Chinese person): Chinaman, Chink
area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward
degree to which a surface tends upward or downward
math: slope of the line tangent to a curve at a given point
angle of a roof surface
offensive: person of East Asian descent
- (intransitive) To tend steadily upward or downward.
- The road slopes sharply down at that point.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XXIII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071:
- If the afternoon was fine they strolled together in the park, very slowly, and with pauses to draw breath wherever the ground sloped upward. The slightest effort made the patient cough.
- (transitive) To form with a slope; to give an oblique or slanting direction to; to incline or slant.
- to slope the ground in a garden; to slope a piece of cloth in cutting a garment
- (colloquial, usually followed by a preposition) To try to move surreptitiously.
- I sloped in through the back door, hoping my boss wouldn't see me.
- (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.
- The order was given to "slope arms".
to tend steadily upward or downward
to form with a slope
to try to move surreptitiously
military: to hold a rifle at a slope
- (obsolete) Sloping.
- (obsolete) slopingly
- 1667, John Milton, “(please specify the book number)”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- So promis'd he; and Uriel to his charge
Return'd on that bright beam , whose point now rais'd ,
Bore him slope downward to the sun