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 β€œat an angle.” The word has a noun form you can use for something that is at an angle β€” on a slope β€” 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

v be at an angle

“The terrain sloped down”
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
to incline or bend from a vertical position

n an elevated geological formation

“he climbed the steep slope
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

n the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal

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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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