**Slope** (?), n. [Formed (like *abode* fr. *abide*) from OE. *slipen*. See Slip, v. i.]

**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.).*

⇒ 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*.

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**Slope**, a.

Sloping. "Down the *slope* hills." *Milton.*

A bank not steep, but gently *slope*.

*Bacon.*

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**Slope**, adv.

In a sloping manner. [Obs.] *Milton.*

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**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.

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**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]

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**Slope**, n.

The part of a continent descending toward, and draining to, a particular ocean; as, the Pacific *slope*.

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