• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sloping having a slanting form or direction "an area of gently sloping hills","a room with a sloping ceiling"
    • adj sloping having an oblique or slanted direction
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Sloping Inclining or inclined from the plane of the horizon, or from a horizontal or other right line; oblique; declivous; slanting. "The sloping land recedes into the clouds."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • p.adj Sloping inclining from a horizontal or other right line
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  • C. S. Lewis
    “The safest road to hell is the gradual one -- the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”
  • George F. Will
    “All politics takes place on a slippery slope. The most important four words in politics are up to a point.”


Slippery slope - A slippery slope is where a measure would lead to further worse measures.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. slípan, pa.t. sláp, to slip.


In literature:

The slope on which it was placed was in shadow still.
"In the Field (1914-1915)" by Marcel Dupont
We were looking down a long even slope to a long up-slope beyond.
"Letters from France" by C. E. W. Bean
They crossed the heights and came to the inland slope, a drop toward the central interior plains of the continent.
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
Beyond the green slope of corn, a thin, soft vapour hung on the distant woods, and hid the hills.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
A picketed horse stamped restlessly just outside and a range cow bawled from an adjacent slope.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
At the back, rising sharply, was the barren slope of the mountain.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
Its roof was flat, and sloped back against the hillside on which it stood.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Right there was the slope down which he must have tumbled.
"Star Hunter" by Andre Alice Norton
That ought to bring us to the foot of the slope.
"The Saddle Boys of the Rockies" by James Carson
He came toiling slowly up the slope, side by side with his discoverer.
"The Lost Valley" by J. M. Walsh

In poetry:

What will you do in your surprise
At seeing that changes wrought in Rome
Are wrought yet more on the misty slope
One time your home?
"At A House In Hampstead Sometime The Dwelling Of John Keats" by Thomas Hardy
The primrose and the violet,
That little fairy of the grass,
On sloping hill and bank were set
To show which way the spring did pass.
"A Day Dream On The Rail" by Alexander Anderson
The mourners wound their silent way
Adown the mountain's gentle slope,
Which, basking in the smile of May,
Looked cheerfully as hope.
"Lines On The Burial Of Mrs. Mary L. Ward, At Dale Cemetery, Sing-Sing, May 3, 1853." by George Pope Morris
"Gods! ye love our Sparta--ye
Gave with vine that leaps and runs
O'er her slopes, these slaves to be
Mocks and warnings to her sons!"
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Now-down a slope again it hastens,
Now-on and upwards, in a climb,
As only life, maybe, is meant to
Strain up and onward all the time.
"The Road" by Boris Pasternak
"Gods! ye love our Sparta; ye
"Gave with vine that leaps and runs
"O'er her slopes, these slaves to be
"Mocks and warnings to her sons!
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

At Bierkraft in Park Slope, Brooklyn, customers bring their own growlers and fill them with fresh draft beer.
A chain conveyor is to transport wooden boxes up a slope of ?
It's a slippery slope for two Stateline men after they were arrested for allegedly stealing used cooking oil from a Janesville fast food restaurant.
To the slopes, en masse , sans bucks.
Catch a ride to the slopes -- and save your energy.
The nasty critters are replacing boozed-up drivers and other prisoners in the holding cells at the Brooklyn station house, which covers trendy Park Slope and Prospect Park, sources told The Post.
Chancellor Making Western Slope Information Gathering Tour.
Conditions at Montrose Co. Grand Junction-The Interim Chancellor for the University of Colorado listened to what Western Slope residents had to say about the future of higher education in the state, Tuesday night.
Intrusive marketing has advantages, but slippery slope.
Park Slope classical composer finds inspiration in her backyard.
Forest Slope in Unterach on the Attersee, 1916.
Joanna Mathers finds plenty to keep her happy away from the slopes.
Most nannies in Park Slope are underpaid and off the books .
A Minnesota Ski Slope has laid claim to being the first to open in North America.
1st Ski Slope to Open for the Winter.

In science:

This is observed in the data, as there is a non-zero slope at the center of the radial intensity, whereas the slope would be expected to be equal to zero.
Band-Limited Coronagraphs using a halftone-dot process: II. Advances and laboratory results for arbitrary telescope apertures
We measure slowness by comparing the slopes of tra jectories within our enclosure with the slope of the critical manifold.
Rigorous Enclosures of a Slow Manifold
For a Weil germ π , the slope function and weight of π are the slope function (see (2.2)) and weight of any representative of π , and Q[π ] is defined to be the smallest subfield of Qal containing a representative of π .
Lefschetz classes of simple factors of Fermat Jacobian of prime degree over finite fields
In particular, this implies that the complex slope Ω(χ, η) of the limiting ergodic translation invariant Gibbs measure describing the local asymptotics around the global position (χ, η) (Theorem 2) coincides with the complex slope of the tangent plane to the limit shape of [CKP], [KO] at the point (χ, η).
Asymptotics of Random Lozenge Tilings via Gelfand-Tsetlin Schemes
Fig. 3.— The log(SFR)-log(M⋆ ) relation for blue star-forming galaxies with low dust has a best-fit slope close to unity (left), whereas dusty, red star-forming galaxies follow a shallower slope (middle).
The Star-formation Mass Sequence out to z=2.5