—v.i. 1. to have or take an inclined or oblique direction or angle considered with reference to a vertical or horizontal plane; slant.
2. to move at an inclination or obliquely: They sloped gradually westward.
—v.t. 1. to direct at a slant or inclination; incline from the horizontal or vertical: The sun sloped its beams. 2. to form with a slope or slant: to slope an embankment. 3. slope off,Chiefly Brit. Slang. to make one's way out slowly or furtively.
—n. 1. ground that has a natural incline, as the side of a hill.
2. inclination or slant, esp. downward or upward.
3. deviation from the horizontal or vertical.
4. an inclined surface.
5. Usually, slopes. hills, esp. foothills or bluffs: the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. 6. Math. a. the tangent of the angle between a given straight line and the x-axis of a system of Cartesian coordinates.
b. the derivative of the function whose graph is a given curve evaluated at a designated point.
7. Slang(disparaging and offensive). an Asian, esp. a Vietnamese.