slope
Pronunciation Noun

slope

  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
Verb

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

slope

  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.
Adverb

slope

  1. (obsolete) slopingly



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