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a mountain slope (=the sides of a mountain)
▪ Snow lay on the steep mountain slopes.
a sloping roof
▪ The path led to a log cabin with a chalet-style sloping roof.
a steep slope
▪ Coffee was grown on the steep slopes.
bunny slope
nursery slope
ski slope
the slopes of a valley
▪ They live in houses of stone on the slopes of a wooded valley.
▪ Forest situated on eastern slopes of Slieve Croob.
▪ The ponies were growing restless, and she shook the reins and sent them on down the gentle slope towards the house.
▪ The community typically occurs on peaty soils on gentle slopes or plateaus at higher altitudes.
▪ In the hummocky terrain of the valley floor the hollows, channels and gentle slopes are occupied by peat.
▪ Although this is not a beginner's resort, it's easy to escape to the more gentle slopes of Lech.
▪ On gentle slopes it's easy to place the foot with the sole flat; your bodyweight will then secure the points.
▪ It looked perfect - gentle slopes within a semi circular bowl of hills.
▪ On its shallow grassy slopes butterflies are still abundant, and the old chalk-loving flowers can be found.
▪ Carry out researches and observations wherever you spot grassy slopes and lots of people sitting them to enjoy picnics.
▪ The Glory shuddered to a sudden halt on the grassy slope in front of the Monument and they were thrown forward against their seat-belts.
▪ So we set out across the open grassy slope that led on up towards the forest.
▪ Crossing the coast road, she climbed up the gradual grassy slope on the land ward side of the sea wall.
▪ Route to summit requires some tough scrambling, before a descent on the grassy northern slopes.
▪ The seed of City Earth lay here, now, before them physically before them - as they climbed the grassy slope.
▪ He strolled along the terrace below which the grassy slopes fell away steeply towards an ornamental lake.
▪ The beach shelved up to green slopes, and quite near she could see a forest begin.
▪ The river banks changed from jagged rock with little vegetation to luscious green slopes covered with olive trees.
▪ Huemul turned out to be a small island in lake Nahuel Huapi, high on the slopes of the Patagonian Andes.
▪ We gradually side stepped higher up the slope.
▪ CUMIÈRES: Belemnite chalk, with seams rich in sand, sandstone, clay and lignites exposed on the highest slopes.
▪ The cab skidded to a halt, its headlights pointing down a long slope of scree.
▪ She was concentrating on the speed and length which her stride might attain as she hurried up the long slope.
▪ The village of Juniper Green may take its name from the Juniper bushes which once covered the lower slopes of the Pentlands.
▪ First, the work done along the lower scientific slopes is resolutely factual.
▪ Lights were already beginning to diamond out of the shadowed pine woods on the lower slopes.
▪ The islands were not visible at all and only the lower slopes of Vesuvius could be seen.
▪ Here and there were young rabbits on the lower south-facing slopes.
▪ Subsoil Principally Belemnite chalk on the upper slopes, with Micraster chalk on the lower slopes.
▪ So they choose to plant grass and root crops in the few fields on the lower slopes.
▪ Above them rose the poor fields, littered with rock and gorse, the lower slopes of the mountain.
▪ Route to summit requires some tough scrambling, before a descent on the grassy northern slopes.
▪ A sunny south-facing mound will lose more precious moisture to evaporation than a shadier northern slope.
▪ The largest used quarry is at Torphin on the northern slopes.
▪ One of the elder Falkenhayn's divisions alone left 2,200 men on the blood-soaked northern slopes of the Mort Homme.
▪ The farmhouse rests on a rocky slope and is surrounded by beech trees.
▪ I sat on the rocky slope above Gay Acres, not wanting to stain my white shorts on the grass.
▪ Its steep sides are thronged with Goblin strongholds and its rocky slopes overlay caves and tunnels that are riddled with evil creatures.
▪ He was clearly uneasy as he peered down the rocky slope.
▪ At the next junction turn left, descend the rocky slope and through a gate.
▪ There were cracks in the walls and the steps up to the entrance had been reduced to an uneven and rocky slope.
▪ To Maggie, though, the city was dominated by the superb cathedral and the rocky slopes of the mountains.
▪ The trail traverses the steep, rocky slopes of Mulldonoch and continues above the valley of the Buchan Burn to Benyellary.
▪ Let's just hope he doesn't go down the slippery slope of drugs and booze again.
▪ All parties involved in the budget fiasco stand on a slippery slope.
▪ A third approach is to pray in aid the so-called slippery slope.
▪ But Catholics had started down a slippery slope.
▪ More importantly, once we start nibbling naughty things our willpower slides down a very slippery slope.
▪ The season has already started on a slippery slope.
▪ Too often we are faced with clamouring up the slippery slopes to the law more than sliding down them.
▪ We are on a slippery slope right now.
▪ The small village appears to be under constant threat of a landslide from the steep slopes immediately behind.
▪ The evergreens' roots sought anchoring crevices at the rocky summits, and clung precariously to the steep slopes.
▪ Usually there is a narrow reef flat separated from the lagoon floor by a steeper slope.
▪ They grew wealthy overnight and had a beautiful little opera house built in the midst of their shacks on the steep slope.
▪ He could even pick out the dots of furze bushes and stunted yew trees on the steep slopes.
▪ You will see it as a great mound becoming visible at the bottom of a steep slope that you are descending.
▪ The harder rocks stand out as ledges, the softer ones form steep slopes.
▪ Before the I-point life was tenuous; indeed it faced a steep uphill slope.
▪ In some families species have been included from the upper slope in the event of overlapping bathymetric ranges.
▪ Near the upper west-facing slopes, I was surprised to find woods that seemed ancient and undisturbed.
▪ Subsoil Principally Belemnite chalk on the upper slopes, with Micraster chalk on the lower slopes.
▪ Thorn scrub is widespread on the lower slopes, although the upper slopes still support secondary pine-oak woodlands.
▪ On the steep western slope where the beeches grew there was scarcely any soil, only chalk and flints.
▪ For hours we searched the forests on the western slopes - nothing.
▪ The Stir may be traced to the streams which flow from the western slopes of the Dwarf fortress of Karak Kadrin.
▪ The valley has wooded slopes and attractive rock formations.
▪ It was something about the lovers skiing across the Alpine mountain slope, vanishing into the mist.
▪ There was a distant rumbling and crashing, which was intensified and reflected by the mountain slopes.
▪ Snow glowed briefly on the mountain slopes when it crackled overhead.
▪ Try explaining, for example, the experience of skiing down a mountain slope to a person who has never seen snow.
▪ The mountain goat's food supply is thinly distributed over the mountain slopes and cliff ledges, and so are the goats.
▪ The nursery slope can be terrifying to the person on skis for the first time, and yet boring to the expert.
▪ But Ilkley Moor, however exhilarating for us townies, forms only the nursery slopes of the Yorkshire Dales.
▪ Men and women are segregated on the beaches and even the ski slopes.
▪ Behind them there was a ski slope, a man with two skis on his shoulder, and the blue winter sky.
▪ Widespread deforestation to make way for ski slopes has eroded topsoil, increasing the incidence of avalanches.
▪ Did Pauline break a speed record for getting a pattern off the page and on to the ski slope?
▪ Either way, a ski slope of unparalleled lubricity would result.
▪ Practice ski lessons were arranged at the local dry ski slope.
▪ His remaining hair is modelled on a Dendix ski slope.
▪ Two dyslexic skiers on a ski slope.
▪ Adventurous skiers in search of new experiences are shunning the drag-lifts and climbing the slopes themselves.
▪ He climbed the steep slope to the Incident Room, forcing his pace, and arrived just a little out of breath.
▪ The cart-track crossed by a brick culvert and climbed the opposite slope to a five-barred gate in the thorn hedge.
▪ The seed of City Earth lay here, now, before them physically before them - as they climbed the grassy slope.
▪ He climbed the lower slopes of Big Allen and stood, looking westwards.
▪ I climbed the slope to the hollow where Neil's tent was pitched.
▪ Wycliffe left his car on the park and climbed the slope to the street.
▪ It appears to be bounded on the west side by a considerable ditch running down the hill slope.
▪ Hit at a lope, running already down the slope.
▪ Close to the house, a narrow track ran up a slight slope.
▪ They could make no headway against such a cyclone, and ran back down the slope to the cover of the woods.
▪ It ran gently down the slope, and there it might have stopped but for Donald.
▪ The cab separated from the trailer which turned over on its side, sliding down the slope.
▪ Waxing the skis helps them to slide better and some slopes have a lubrication system which further reduces friction.
(be on) a/the slippery slope
▪ a 30° slope
▪ the beginner slopes
▪ The car rolled down the slope into the lake.
▪ Finally I left the car by the side of the road and we walked down a brushy slope.
▪ Further up, they came on hardwood forest and the angle of the slope grew gentler.
▪ He pressed up close, his hand resting on the slope of her thigh.
▪ Its steep sides are thronged with Goblin strongholds and its rocky slopes overlay caves and tunnels that are riddled with evil creatures.
▪ Men and women are segregated on the beaches and even the ski slopes.
▪ Proceed down slope in second field to stile ahead.
▪ The slope added impetus to his speed.
▪ The slopes are less crowded and, more importantly, there are no lift lines.
▪ The roof sloped away alarmingly and, for a moment, Craig almost lost his balance.
▪ The green was hard and sloped away from the fairway.
▪ At the back of the house the land sloped away.
▪ It had a long entrance passage sloping down from the east.
▪ Venting an attic is difficult if the roof is hipped; that is, sloping down on all four sides.
▪ River valleys and railway lines are usually fairly level, with the ground sloping down to the rivers.
▪ It sloped down slightly for about fifty feet.
▪ They went through a field where sheep grazed, and then through bracken that sloped down steeply to the River Dyn.
▪ The garden slopes down to a peaceful mill stream.
▪ Up-stream, it sloped down to a grassy path between the trees and the water.
▪ Heron like the gently sloping muddy sides of canals.
▪ Tubac rests on the crest of a gently sloping hill.
▪ The narrow road sloped gently upwards.
▪ A virgin splay of grass traumatized by five months of snow sloped gently down to the water.
▪ On their left it sloped gently away and on the right it fell sheer, in steep crags.
▪ The grass sloped gently away from the college towards what must be the bank of the stream he had mentioned earlier.
▪ Ten minutes in Martha Street, a drink in a hotel, and then they sloped off on a train down south.
▪ A huddle of photographers gathered up their gear and sloped off.
▪ I didn't hang around to take the blame, just worked that day out and sloped off home.
▪ And don't think you're going to turn them out and slope off.
▪ In some cases it may so horrify the husband that he can't cope and slopes off.
▪ Fortunately, they were alright about it and sloped off.
▪ Somehow, in his absence the fun went out of it and I decided to slope off and join him on the flat.
▪ There were a few first ascents, climbed mainly before everyone got bored with the weather and sloped off abroad.
▪ Its head was down and its back sloped up into a kind of point at the rear.
▪ The woods on the other side slope up toward the spruce and then the bare ledge summit of Mount Bald.
▪ It can be seen that the graph slopes up and although an exact relationship does not exist, a systematic ones does.
▪ Fit lights wherever a path changes direction or slopes up or down.
▪ The extension's roof sloped up at forty-five degrees to within about four feet of the roof proper.
▪ Berwick was a slantwise town, sloping up northwards from the harbour area, its outer walls half way up to the castle.
▪ The streets ran in a regular criss-cross pattern sloping up from the Railway Works which lay behind a high camouflaged wall.
▪ a sloping tile roof
▪ The garden sloped down gradually towards the sea.
▪ Tilt the board so that it is sloping upwards away from you.
▪ About to kiss, they slope together, crooked gothic type, with whistling mouths pushed out like daffodils.
▪ Colberg drew his sabre slowly and held it sloped on his shoulder.
▪ It had a long entrance passage sloping down from the east.
▪ The tunnel sloped downward, and when they emerged from it they halted.
▪ The woods on the other side slope up toward the spruce and then the bare ledge summit of Mount Bald.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Slope \Slope\, a. Sloping. ``Down the slope hills.''

A bank not steep, but gently slope.


Slope \Slope\, adv. In a sloping manner. [Obs.]


Slope \Slope\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sloped; p. pr. & vb. n. Sloping.] To form with a slope; to give an oblique or slanting direction to; to direct obliquely; to incline; to slant; as, to slope the ground in a garden; to slope a piece of cloth in cutting a garment.


Slope \Slope\, n. [Formed (like abode fr. abide) from OE. slipen. See Slip, v. i.]

  1. An oblique direction; a line or direction including from a horizontal line or direction; also, sometimes, an inclination, as of one line or surface to another.

  2. Any ground whose surface forms an angle with the plane of the horizon.

    buildings the summit and slope of a hill.

    Under the slopes of Pisgah.
    --Deut. iv. 49. (Rev. Ver.).

  3. The part of a continent descending toward, and draining to, a particular ocean; as, the Pacific slope.

    Note: A slope, considered as descending, is a declivity; considered as ascending, an acclivity.

    Slope of a plane (Geom.), the direction of the plane; as, parallel planes have the same slope.


Slope \Slope\, v. i.

  1. To take an oblique direction; to be at an angle with the plane of the horizon; to incline; as, the ground slopes.

  2. To depart; to disappear suddenly. [Slang]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


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.

  1. (context obsolete English) Sloping. adv. (context obsolete English) slopingly n. 1 An area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward. 2 The degree to which a surface tends upward or downward. 3 (context mathematics English) 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. 4 (context mathematics English) The slope of the line tangent to a curve at a given point. 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). 6 (context vulgar highly offensive ethnic slur English) A person of Chinese or other East Asian descent. v

  2. (label en intransitive) To tend steadily upward or downward.

  1. n. an elevated geological formation; "he climbed the steep slope"; "the house was built on the side of the mountain" [syn: incline, side]

  2. the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal; "a five-degree gradient" [syn: gradient]

  3. v. be at an angle; "The terrain sloped down" [syn: incline, pitch]

Slope -- U.S. County in North Dakota
Population (2000): 767
Housing Units (2000): 451
Land area (2000): 1217.939586 sq. miles (3154.448913 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 1.282691 sq. miles (3.322154 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1219.222277 sq. miles (3157.771067 sq. km)
Located within: North Dakota (ND), FIPS 38
Location: 46.428212 N, 103.439994 W
Slope, ND
Slope County
Slope County, ND
Slope (disambiguation)

Algebraic Slope or gradient of a line describes its steepness, incline, or grade, in mathematics.

Slope may also refer to:

  • Grade (slope) of a topographic feature or constructed element
  • Roof pitch, steepness of a roof
  • Slope (album) by Steve Jansen
  • A racial slur against Asians
Slope (album)

Slope is the debut solo album by drummer Steve Jansen, released in 2007 by Samadhi Sound. The album includes guest musicians and was recorded all over the world.

Jansen said: "With this album I approached composition attempting to avoid chord and song structures and the usual familiar building blocks. Instead I wanted to piece together unrelated sounds, music samples, rhythms and 'events' in an attempt to deviate from my own trappings as a musician."


In mathematics, the slope or gradient of a line is a number that describes both the direction and the steepness of the line. Slope is often denoted by the letter m; there is no clear answer to the question why the letter m is used for slope, but it might be from the "m for multiple" in the equation of a straight line "y = mx + c".

  • The direction of a line is either increasing, decreasing, horizontal or vertical.
    • A line is increasing if it goes up from left to right. The slope is positive, i.e. m > 0.
    • A line is decreasing if it goes down from left to right. The slope is negative, i.e. m < 0.
    • If a line is horizontal the slope is zero. This is a constant function.
    • If a line is vertical the slope is undefined (see below).
  • The steepness, incline, or grade of a line is measured by the absolute value of the slope. A slope with a greater absolute value indicates a steeper line

Slope is calculated by finding the ratio of the "vertical change" to the "horizontal change" between (any) two distinct points on a line. Sometimes the ratio is expressed as a quotient ("rise over run"), giving the same number for every two distinct points on the same line. A line that is decreasing has a negative "rise". The line may be practical - as set by a road surveyor, or in a diagram that models a road or a roof either as a description or as a plan.

The rise of a road between two points is the difference between the altitude of the road at those two points, say y and y, or in other words, the rise is (yy) = Δy. For relatively short distances - where the earth's curvature may be neglected, the run is the difference in distance from a fixed point measured along a level, horizontal line, or in other words, the run is (xx) = Δx. Here the slope of the road between the two points is simply described as the ratio of the altitude change to the horizontal distance between any two points on the line.

In mathematical language, the slope m of the line is


The concept of slope applies directly to grades or gradients in geography and civil engineering. Through trigonometry, the grade m of a road is related to its angle of incline θ by the tangent function

m = tan(θ)

Thus, a 45° rising line has a slope of +1 and a 45° falling line has a slope of −1.

As a generalization of this practical description, the mathematics of differential calculus defines the slope of a curve at a point as the slope of the tangent line at that point. When the curve given by a series of points in a diagram or in a list of the coordinates of points, the slope may be calculated not at a point but between any two given points. When the curve is given as a continuous function, perhaps as an algebraic formula, then the differential calculus provides rules giving a formula for the slope of the curve at any point in the middle of the curve.

This generalization of the concept of slope allows very complex constructions to be planned and built that go well beyond static structures that are either horizontals or verticals, but can change in time, move in curves, and change depending on the rate of change of other factors. Thereby, the simple idea of slope becomes one of the main basis of the modern world in terms of both technology and the built environment.

Usage examples of "slope".

The hillside, which had appeared to be one slope, was really a succession of undulations, so that the advancing infantry alternately dipped into shelter and emerged into a hail of bullets.

Coming down the High Sierras slope, they ran into a large area of fog of the advection type.

After shaping the slope of the barrel chime of yet another red oak slack barrel, Kharl set the adze down and blotted his forehead with the back of his forearm.

Vaughn watched Morris work his way aft, letting out his tether as he went, until he was at the far aft-point of the hull where it sloped down into the water.

One by one, on Midsummer Night, he and his agemates had set out from the river-valley settlement, heading into the mountains to stalk the carnivores of the high slopes.

One by one, on Mid-summer Night, he and his agemates had set out from the river-valley settlement, heading into the mountains to stalk the carnivores of the high slopes.

The moss-green slope is clouded blue with ageratum and wreathed with small white roses, golden-eyed--common weeds of a glorious land.

Regardless now of who could see me, I started up the slope of the hollow, back toward Agios Georgios.

The herd paused for an instant at the edge of the slope, but Akela gave tongue in the full hunting yell, and they pitched over one after the other just as steamers shoot rapids, the sand and stones spurting up round them.

Morton on a long winding route through tough passes and clinging to contour lines along alarmingly steep slopes.

The countryside fell away into gentle slopes as Alec drove westward toward Keston.

The authentic city-man, to whom all properly planned Nature is of cement evenly marked out in squares, may for half an hour be able to admire the alienage of a Vermont valley with woods sloping up to a stalwart peak, even though he may not be sure whether the trees are date-palms or monkey-puzzles, and whether the hazy mountain is built of reinforced concrete or merely green-painted brick.

Only with the help of ampere meters and polarizers did they discover that the growth on the slopes was causing the fluctuation of the magnetic field.

A river so-called, really a brook, the Ancre, runs at the foot of the slope and turns eastward beyond Thiepval, where a ridge called Crucifix Ridge north-east of the village takes its name from a Christ with outstretched arms visible for many miles around.

Stretched all the way across the valley and up the nearest aqueous slope, in fact.