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slope



Pronunciation: (slōp), [key]
v., sloped, slop•ing,
n.


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. slope off, Chiefly Brit. Slang. 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, slopes. hills, esp. foothills or bluffs: the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
6. Math.
a. the tangent of the angle between a given straight line and the x-axis of a system of Cartesian coordinates.
b. the derivative of the function whose graph is a given curve evaluated at a designated point.
7. Slang (disparaging and offensive). an Asian, esp. a Vietnamese.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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