# Climb vs. Slope — What's the Difference?

## Definitions

#### Climb➦

To move upward, especially by using the hands and feet
We climbed until we reached the shelter. The truck climbed the mountain highway.

#### Slope➦

In mathematics, the slope or gradient of a line is a number that describes both the direction and the steepness of the line. Slope is often denoted by the letter m; there is no clear answer to the question why the letter m is used for slope, but its earliest use in English appears in O'Brien (1844) who wrote the equation of a straight line as "y = mx + b" and it can also be found in Todhunter (1888) who wrote it as "y = mx + c".Slope is calculated by finding the ratio of the "vertical change" to the "horizontal change" between (any) two distinct points on a line.

#### Climb➦

To move in a specified direction by using the hands and feet
Climbed out the window.

#### Slope➦

A surface of which one end or side is at a higher level than another; a rising or falling surface
He slithered helplessly down the slope

#### Climb➦

To engage in the activity or sport of mountain climbing.

#### Slope➦

A person from East Asia, especially Vietnam.

#### Climb➦

To rise slowly or steadily; ascend
The plane climbed into the clouds.

#### Slope➦

(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 sloped

#### Climb➦

To slant or slope upward
The road climbs steeply to the top.

#### Slope➦

Move in an idle or aimless manner

#### Climb➦

To grow in an upward direction, as some plants do, often by means of twining stems or tendrils.

#### Slope➦

To diverge from the vertical or horizontal; incline
A roof that slopes.

#### Climb➦

To move upward on or mount, especially by using the hands and feet or the feet alone; ascend
The hikers climbed the mountain. We climbed the stairs. The tractor climbed the hill.

#### Slope➦

To move or walk
"Without another word he turned and sloped off down the driveway" (Roald Dahl).

#### Climb➦

To grow in an upward direction on or over
Ivy climbing the walls.

#### Slope➦

To cause to slope
Sloped the path down the bank.

#### Climb➦

An act of climbing; an ascent
A long, exhausting climb to the top.

#### Slope➦

An inclined line, surface, plane, position, or direction.

#### Climb➦

A place to be climbed
The face of the cliff was a steep climb.

#### Slope➦

A stretch of ground forming a natural or artificial incline
Ski slopes.

#### Climb➦

(intransitive) To ascend; rise; to go up.
Prices climbed steeply.

#### Slope➦

A deviation from the horizontal.

#### Climb➦

(transitive) To mount; to move upwards on.
They climbed the mountain.
Climbing a tree

#### Slope➦

The amount or degree of such deviation.

#### Climb➦

(transitive) To scale; to get to the top of something.

#### Slope➦

The rate at which an ordinate of a point of a line on a coordinate plane changes with respect to a change in the abscissa.

#### Climb➦

(transitive) To move (especially up and down something) by gripping with the hands and using the feet.

#### Slope➦

The tangent of the angle of inclination of a line, or the slope of the tangent line for a curve or surface.

#### Climb➦

(intransitive) to practise the sport of climbing

#### Slope➦

Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a person of East Asian birth or ancestry.

#### Climb➦

(intransitive) to jump high

#### Slope➦

An area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward.
I had to climb a small slope to get to the site.
A steep slope

#### Climb➦

To move to a higher position on the social ladder.

#### Slope➦

The degree to which a surface tends upward or downward.
The road has a very sharp downward slope at that point.

#### Climb➦

(botany) Of plants, to grow upwards by clinging to something.

#### Slope➦

(mathematics) The ratio of the vertical and horizontal distances between two points on a line; zero if the line is horizontal, undefined if it is vertical.
The slope of this line is 0.5

#### Climb➦

An act of climbing.

#### Slope➦

(mathematics) The slope of the line tangent to a curve at a given point.
The slope of a parabola increases linearly with x.

#### Climb➦

The act of getting to somewhere more elevated.

#### Slope➦

The angle a roof surface makes with the horizontal, expressed as a ratio of the units of vertical rise to the units of horizontal length (sometimes referred to as run).
The slope of an asphalt shingle roof system should be 4:12 or greater.

#### Climb➦

An upwards struggle

#### Slope➦

A person of Chinese or other East Asian descent.

#### Climb➦

To ascend or mount laboriously, esp. by use of the hands and feet.

#### Slope➦

(intransitive) To tend steadily upward or downward.
The road slopes sharply down at that point.

#### Climb➦

To ascend as if with effort; to rise to a higher point.
Black vapors climb aloft, and cloud the day.

#### Slope➦

(transitive) To form with a slope; to give an oblique or slanting direction to; to incline or slant.
To slope the ground in a garden;
To slope a piece of cloth in cutting a garment

#### Climb➦

To ascend or creep upward by twining about a support, or by attaching itself by tendrils, rootlets, etc., to a support or upright surface.

#### Slope➦

To try to move surreptitiously.
I sloped in through the back door, hoping my boss wouldn't see me.

#### Climb➦

To ascend, as by means of the hands and feet, or laboriously or slowly; to mount.

#### Slope➦

(military) To hold a rifle at a slope with forearm perpendicular to the body in front holding the butt, the rifle resting on the shoulder.
The order was given to "slope arms".

#### Climb➦

The act of one who climbs; ascent by climbing.

#### Slope➦

(obsolete) Sloping.

#### Climb➦

The car couldn't make it up the rise

#### Slope➦

(obsolete) slopingly

#### Climb➦

An event that involves rising to a higher point (as in altitude or temperature or intensity etc.)

#### Slope➦

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.

#### Climb➦

The act of climbing something;
It was a difficult climb to the top

#### Slope➦

Any ground whose surface forms an angle with the plane of the horizon.
Buildings the summit and slope of a hill.
Under the slopes of Pisgah.

#### Climb➦

Go upward with gradual or continuous progress;
Did you ever climb up the hill behind your house?

#### Slope➦

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

#### Climb➦

Move with difficulty, by grasping

#### Slope➦

Sloping.
A bank not steep, but gently slope.

#### Climb➦

Sales were climbing after prices were lowered

#### Slope➦

In a sloping manner.

#### Climb➦

Slope upward;
The path climbed all the way to the top of the hill

#### Slope➦

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.

#### Climb➦

Improve one's social status;
This young man knows how to climb the social ladder

#### Slope➦

To take an oblique direction; to be at an angle with the plane of the horizon; to incline; as, the ground slopes.

#### Climb➦

Increase in value or to a higher point;
Prices climbed steeply
The value of our house rose sharply last year

#### Slope➦

To depart; to disappear suddenly.

#### Slope➦

An elevated geological formation;
He climbed the steep slope
The house was built on the side of the mountain

#### Slope➦

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