- 1A surface of which one end or side is at a higher level than another; a rising or falling surface: he slithered helplessly down the slopeMore example sentences
- Before my gaze was a misty, lush forest, falling away in steep slopes and verdant levels to a hidden valley below.
- The engineers prepared a mesh surface on the southeast slope to enable equipment to be winched to the top of the hill.
- Cromarty indicated that was not his intention, but that his intention was that the entire surface have a gentle slope towards the center where the water would then drain to the catch basin.
- 1.1A difference in level or sideways position between the two ends or sides of a thing: the roof should have a slope sufficient for proper drainage the backward slope of the chairMore example sentences
- We chose to do our dendrochronological work with pitch pine and Virginia pine to increase our chances of detecting site differences at the two slope positions.
- The interaction between branch position and sapling height was used to test for differences in slopes among branches in different positions.
- The slopes between eye position and interaural sound pressure level ratios were not different from zero.
- 1.2 (often slopes) A part of the side of a hill or mountain, especially as a place for skiing: a ten-minute cable-car ride delivers you to the slopesMore example sentences
- Down and down, we went, like a wild ride through a city alley, block after block, with windswept, rocky mountain slopes on either side.
- It just stays on the valley floor, sometimes crossing snow bridges to avoid side hills and obvious avalanche slopes.
- Skiers will only be allowed access to the downhill skiing slopes, while non-skiing visitors will be confined to the Ptarmigan centre.
- 1.3The gradient of a graph at any point.More example sentences
- Working with this activity, one student came to a sudden realization that the slope on one graph was numerically equal to the y-coordinate for the other.
- When the comparability values for the samples are plotted in descending order, we can detect significant changes in the slope of the graph.
- However, it is difficult to estimate the variance associated with the x-intercept, which is the negative ratio of the y-intercept and the slope of a linear equation.
- 1.4 Electronics The transconductance of a valve, numerically equal to the gradient of one of the characteristic curves of the valve.More example sentences
- Anterior and lateral slopes of the ventral valve evenly convex in profile.
- With hot water heating systems, the diameter of the piping remains constant, the slope is irrelevant, and all lines are insulated to prevent heat loss.
- For most materials necking begins at maximum load at a value of strain where the true stress equals the slope of the flow curve.
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- 1(Of a surface or line) be inclined from a horizontal or vertical line; slant up or down: the garden sloped down to a stream the ceiling slopedMore example sentences
- The land on either side of the road sloped down and away, giving way to rows of trees on both sides, and a healthy expanse of grass.
- Mr. Garbutt acknowledged that the brick ties should have been at an absolute minimum horizontal but preferably sloped down at an angle from the block to the brick.
- Orlan studied the left wall, which was the largest since the ceiling sloped down to the right side of the room, evidently having occurred because of pressure from above.
- 1.1 [with object] Place or arrange in a sloping position: Poole sloped his shoulders (as adjective sloped) a sloped leather writing surfaceMore example sentences
- The new computer model has sloped geeky shoulders and a long gawky neck.
- The teen-agers rose to their feet and began to shamble towards Nick, sloping their shoulders as they came.
- Apparently Mr. Howe is a little more famous for having sloped shoulders in Canada then elsewhere.
late 16th century (as a verb): from the obsolete adverb slope, a shortening of aslope.