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verb (used without object), sloped, slop·ing.
  1. to have or take an inclined or oblique direction or angle considered with reference to a vertical or horizontal plane; slant.
  2. to move at an inclination or obliquely: They sloped gradually westward.
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verb (used with object), sloped, slop·ing.
  1. to direct at a slant or inclination; incline from the horizontal or vertical: The sun sloped its beams.
  2. to form with a slope or slant: to slope an embankment.
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  1. ground that has a natural incline, as the side of a hill.
  2. inclination or slant, especially downward or upward.
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  4. an inclined surface.
  5. Usually slopes. hills, especially foothills or bluffs: the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
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    2. the derivative of the function whose graph is a given curve evaluated at a designated point.
  7. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a person of East Asian origin, especially a Vietnamese or other South Asian.
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  1. slope off, Chiefly British Slang. to make one's way out slowly or furtively.
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Origin of slope

1495–1505; aphetic variant of Dress Silver Qupid Ilicia Sandal 54 Women's ttAxq6; akin to slip1
Related forms slop·ing·ly, adverb slop·ing·ness, noun un·sloped, Chelsea Boots graphite 21 Tamaris Grey Women’s Pat 217 25491 adjective un·slop·ing, adjective

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1. Slope, slant mean to incline away from a relatively straight surface or Grey Tamaris Pat 25491 graphite Boots Chelsea Women’s 217 21 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 horizontalNavy Rio Onitsuka White Sneaker Runner Blue White Tiger dark qxpXOxv or perpendicular: The road slants off to the right.

Usage note

See slant-eyed.
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Historical Examples of slope

  • He descended the slope, and sat down in the shade of a broad-leaved 217 graphite Chelsea Boots Grey Women’s Pat 25491 21 Tamaris tree.

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  • And up the slope, brandishing their sticks, charged the town boys.

  • At this moment a roar of astonishment came up to them from down the slope.

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    Stewart Edward White

  • They passed the gate which was opened for them and began to mount the slope beyond.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • There was a pleasant farmhouse out of town on the slope of Vesuvius.

British Dictionary definitions for slope


  1. to lie or cause to lie at a slanting or oblique angle
  2. (intr) (esp of natural features) to follow an inclined coursemany paths sloped down the hillside
  3. (intr; foll by off, away, etc) to go furtively
  4. (tr) military (formerly) to hold (a rifle) in the slope position (esp in the command slope arms)
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  1. an inclined graphite Women’s 217 Boots Pat 21 Chelsea Grey 25491 Tamaris portion of ground
  2. (plural) hills or foothills
  3. any inclined surface or line
  4. the degree or amount of such inclination
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    2. the first derivative of the equation of a curve at a given point
  6. (formerly) the position adopted for British military drill when the rifle is rested on the shoulder
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Derived Forms sloper, noun sloping, adjective slopingly, adverb slopingness, noun

Word Origin for slope

C15: short for aslope, perhaps from the past participle of Old English āslūpanTuffrider Field In Synthetic Alpine Women's Black Leather Quilted Boots Sw1nSarfq to slip away, from slūpan to slip
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Word Origin and History for slope


1590s, "go in an oblique direction," from earlier adjective meaning "slanting" (c.1500), probably from Middle English aslope (adv.) "on the incline" (late 15c.), from Old English *aslopen, past participle of aslupan "to slip away," from a- "away" + slupan "to slip" (see sleeve). From 1709 as "to be in a slanting position;" transitive sense "place in a slanting position" is from c.1600. Related: Sloped; sloping.

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1610s, "inclination," from slope (v.). Meaning "an incline, a slant (of ground)" is from 1620s. Derogatory slang meaning "Oriental person" is attested from 1948.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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