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Meaning of slope

slope

Pronunciation: (slōp), [key]
— v., n. sloped, slop•ing,
—v.i.
  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.
—v.t.
  1. to direct at a slant or inclination; incline from the horizontal or vertical: The sun sloped its beams.
  2. to form with a slope or slant: to slope an embankment.
  3. to make one's way out slowly or furtively.
—n.
  1. ground that has a natural incline, as the side of a hill.
  2. inclination or slant, esp. downward or upward.
  3. deviation from the horizontal or vertical.
  4. an inclined surface.
  5. Usually,hills, esp. foothills or bluffs: the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
    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.
  6. . an Asian, esp. a Vietnamese.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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