Pronunciation Noun


  1. An area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward.
    I had to climb a small slope to get to the site.
  2. The degree to which a surface tends upward or downward.
    The road has a very sharp downward slope at that point.
  3. (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
  4. (mathematics) The slope of the line tangent to a curve at a given point.
    The slope of a parabola increases linearly with x.
  5. 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.
  6. (vulgar, offensive, ethnic slur) A person of Chinese or other East Asian descent.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Schlitzauge, Schlitzi
  • Italian: muso giallo
  • Portuguese: amarelo, olho puxado
  • Russian: узкогла́зый
  • Spanish: ojo chueco, chuequito

slope (slopes, present participle sloping; past and past participle sloped)

  1. (intransitive) To tend steadily upward or downward.
    The road slopes sharply down at that point.
  2. (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
  3. (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.
  4. (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".
Translations Adjective


  1. (obsolete) Sloping.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Gardens
      A bank not steep, but gently slope.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 4”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Down the slope hills.


  1. (obsolete) slopingly

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