If you find yourself on a slippery slope, watch out: you could be sliding down a hill. Land that is not level is called a slope. Slope can also be a verb, as in land that slopes down to sea level.

Language experts believe the word slope came from the Middle English word aslope, an adverb that means “at an angle.” The word has a noun form you can use for something that is at an angle — on a slope — like a steep hill or the ramp in a parking garage. It also has a verb form that can be used to describe something that slants, like someone's signature with letters that slope to the left or an angled haircut that slopes to cover one eye.

Definitions of slope
  1. verb
    be at an angle
    “The terrain sloped down”
    synonyms: incline, pitch
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    slope upwards
    sag, bend, bend over or down
    slope downward
    slope upward
    slope downwards
    type of:
    angle, lean, slant, tilt, tip
    incline or bend from a vertical position
  2. noun
    an elevated geological formation
    “he climbed the steep slope
    synonyms: incline, side
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    acclivity, ascent, climb, raise, rise, upgrade
    an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
    sloping land (especially the slope beside a body of water)
    bank, camber, cant
    a slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force
    the steeply sloping side of a canyon
    a slope down which sleds may coast
    declension, declination, decline, declivity, descent, downslope, fall
    a downward slope or bend
    escarpment, scarp
    a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge; usually formed by erosion
    the side or slope of a hill
    mountainside, versant
    the side or slope of a mountain
    a gentle slope leading from the base of a mountain to a region of flat land
    ski slope
    a snow-covered slope for skiing
    a slope or hillside
    the downward slope of a hill
    riverbank, riverside
    the bank of a river
    a steep place (as on a hill)
    the upward slope of a hill
    land bordering a body of water
    type of:
    formation, geological formation
    (geology) the geological features of the earth
  3. noun
    the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal
    synonyms: gradient
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    the gradient of a slope or road or other surface
    pitch, rake, slant
    degree of deviation from a horizontal plane
    abruptness, precipitousness, steepness
    the property possessed by a slope that is very steep
    gentleness, gradualness
    the property possessed by a slope that is very gradual
    rise, rising slope, upgrade
    the property possessed by a slope or surface that rises
    the property possessed by a slope or surface that descends
    (golf) the backward slant on the head of some golf clubs that is designed to drive the ball high in the air
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    position, spatial relation
    the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated
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