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. --Macaulay.
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, a. Sloping. “Down the slope hills.”
A bank not steep, but gently slope. --Bacon.
Slope, adv. In a sloping manner. [Obs.]
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, 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]
n 1: 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]
v : be at an angle; "The terrain sloped down" [syn: incline, pitch]