# Slope

#### Pronunciation

- Rhymes: -É™ÊŠp

#### Origin

From __aslope__.

#### Noun

#### slope

(*plural*)

**slopes**- An area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward.
*I had to climb a small***slope**to get to the site. - 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*x**slope**of a parabola increases linearly with*.* - 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, highly offensive, ethnic slur*) A person of Chinese or other East Asian descent.

#### Synonyms

- (
*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

## Full definition of slope

#### Verb

- (
*intransitive*) To tend steadily upward or downward.The road**slopes**sharply down at that point. **1918**,*W. B. Maxwell*, The Mirror and the Lamp Chapter 23,*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".

#### Derived terms

#### Adjective

#### slope

- (
*obsolete*) Sloping. - Francis Bacon (1561-1626)A bank not steep, but gently
**slope**. - John Milton (1608-1674)Down the
**slope**hills.