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slope

[slohp] /sloʊp/
verb (used without object), sloped, sloping.
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.
verb (used with object), sloped, sloping.
3.
to direct at a slant or inclination; incline from the horizontal or vertical:
The sun sloped its beams.
4.
to form with a slope or slant:
to slope an embankment.
noun
5.
ground that has a natural incline, as the side of a hill.
6.
inclination or slant, especially downward or upward.
7.
deviation from the horizontal or vertical.
8.
an inclined surface.
9.
Usually, slopes. hills, especially foothills or bluffs:
the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
10.
Mathematics.
  1. the tangent of the angle between a given straight line and the x- axis of a system of Cartesian coordinates.
  2. the derivative of the function whose graph is a given curve evaluated at a designated point.
11.
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.
Idioms
12.
slope off, Chiefly British Slang. to make one's way out slowly or furtively.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; aphetic variant of aslope; akin to slip1
Related forms
slopingly, adverb
slopingness, noun
unsloped, adjective
unsloping, adjective
Synonyms
1. 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.
Usage note
See slant-eyed.
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Examples from the web for slopes
  • South-facing slopes get more solar heat than flat land and north-facing slopes.
  • The village itself sits deep in a knoll between wooded slopes.
  • Saguaros crowd the slopes and huge boulders fill the canyon bottom, where a seasonal stream runs.
  • They built their villages on the rocky slopes below.
  • It slopes downward and forward, so that the anterior part of the opening is on a lower level than the posterior.
  • That's because under high-pressure systems, cold air slides down mountain slopes and pools down below.
  • Khan's garden, which slopes to the shore and was once his pride, is growing wild.
  • These bamboo-covered slopes are home to the panda, its last refuge from a rapidly encroaching world.
  • After a day on the slopes, head to one of these eight high-country kitchens for some of the best after-ski fare in the state.
  • All of which is good news for skiers planning a last-minute trip to the slopes.
British Dictionary definitions for slopes

slope

/sləʊp/
verb
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.
(intransitive; foll by off, away, etc) to go furtively
4.
(transitive) (military) (formerly) to hold (a rifle) in the slope position (esp in the command slope arms)
noun
5.
an inclined portion of ground
6.
(pl) hills or foothills
7.
any inclined surface or line
8.
the degree or amount of such inclination
9.
(maths)
  1. (of a line) the tangent of the angle between the line and another line parallel to the x-axis
  2. the first derivative of the equation of a curve at a given point
10.
(formerly) the position adopted for British military drill when the rifle is rested on the shoulder
11.
(US, slang, derogatory) a person from Southeast Asia, especially a Vietnamese
Derived Forms
sloper, noun
sloping, adjective
slopingly, adverb
slopingness, noun
Word Origin
C15: short for aslope, perhaps from the past participle of Old English āslūpan to slip away, from slūpan to slip
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Word Origin and History for slopes

slope

v.

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.

n.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for slopes

slog

verb
  1. To hit something hard, as a ball
  2. To labor; work hard at something: slogged through the piles of reports

slo-mo

adjective

: She had a lot of things on her desk top, including a mondo-size slo-mo printer/ chock-full of slomo sequences of hunks running along the water

adverb

In slow motion; slowly: A man named Ahmed skated slomo (1970s+)


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