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

By Maham Liaqat & Urooj Arif — Updated on May 15, 2024
Even refers to a flat or level surface, while slope indicates an inclined or slanted surface. Even denotes uniformity and lack of variation, whereas slope involves a gradient or incline.

## Key Differences

Even refers to a surface that is flat and level, characterized by uniformity and absence of irregularities. A floor that is even is smooth without any bumps or inclines. On the other hand, slope describes a surface that is inclined or slanted, varying in elevation from one point to another. Roads or hills with a slope have a gradient that can be steep or gentle.
Even surfaces are often desirable in construction and design because they provide stability and ease of movement. Floors, tables, and roads that are even ensure safety and comfort. Slope, however, plays a crucial role in areas like drainage and accessibility. Sloped surfaces allow water to flow away and can make movement easier or harder depending on the direction of the slope.
In mathematics, even can also describe numbers that are divisible by two without any remainder, indicating a specific numerical property. Slope in mathematics refers to the measure of steepness or incline of a line, represented as the ratio of the vertical change to the horizontal change between two points on a line.
Evenness implies equality and uniform distribution, which can be desirable in various contexts for predictability and balance. Slope implies a change or deviation from a level state, often representing progress, decline, or variation in physical or abstract terms.
Even and slope can both describe abstract concepts. For example, even temperament suggests calmness and consistency, whereas a slope in performance could indicate improvement or decline over time. Each term conveys different aspects of physical and conceptual states.

## Comparison Chart

### Surface

Flat and level
Inclined or slanted

### Usage in Math

Numbers divisible by two
Measure of line steepness

### Implication

Uniformity and stability
Variation and change

### Design/Construction

Desirable for stability
Important for drainage

### Abstract Concept

Consistency and balance
Progress or decline

## Compare with Definitions

#### Even

A surface without bumps or inclines.
The table was even, making it perfect for writing.

#### Slope

A surface that deviates from the horizontal.
The hill had a steep slope.

#### Even

Numbers divisible by two.
Four is an even number.

#### Slope

Ratio of vertical change to horizontal change.
The slope of the line was calculated to be 3.

#### Even

Having equal parts.
They split the prize money to make it even.

#### Slope

A slanted or tilted position.
The slope of the ramp made it accessible for wheelchairs.

#### Even

The end of the day; evening
Bring it to my house this even

#### Slope

Indication of movement upward or downward.
The company’s profits showed a positive slope last quarter.

#### Even

Flat and smooth
Prepare the site, then lay an even bed of mortar

#### 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.

#### Even

Equal in number, amount, or value
An even gender balance among staff and students

#### 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

#### Even

(of a number, such as 2, 6, or 108) divisible by two without a remainder
Any number doubled is even
A meter that reads only in even numbers

#### Slope

A person from East Asia, especially Vietnam.

#### Even

Make or become even
She cut the hair again to even up the ends
It's not exactly revenge I want, but I'd like things evened up
Thereafter prices evened out

#### 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

#### Even

Used to emphasize something surprising or extreme
They have never even heard of the United States
They wore fur hats, even in summer

#### Slope

Move in an idle or aimless manner

#### Even

Having a horizontal surface; flat
An even floor.

#### Slope

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

#### Even

Having no irregularities, roughness, or indentations; smooth.

#### Slope

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

#### Even

Being in the same plane or line; parallel
The picture is even with the window.

#### Slope

To cause to slope
Sloped the path down the bank.

#### Even

Having no variations or fluctuations; uniform
The even rhythm of his breathing.

#### Slope

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

#### Even

Of uniform distribution
An even application of varnish.

#### Slope

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

#### Even

Placid; calm
An even temperament.

#### Slope

A deviation from the horizontal.

#### Even

Equal or identical in degree, extent, or amount
Use even amounts of butter and sugar.

#### Slope

The amount or degree of such deviation.

#### Even

Equally matched or balanced
An even fight.

#### 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.

Just; fair
An even bargain.

#### Slope

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

#### Even

Having nothing due on either side; square
If we each take half, then we'll be even.

#### Slope

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

#### Even

Having exacted full revenge
He finally got even with his betrayer.

#### 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

#### Even

Having equal probability; as likely as not
An even chance of winning.

#### Slope

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

#### Even

Having an equal score
The teams are even at halftime.

#### 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

#### Even

Being equal for each opponent. Used of a score.

#### Slope

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

#### Even

Exactly divisible by 2.

#### 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.

#### Even

Characterized or indicated by a number exactly divisible by 2.

#### Slope

A person of Chinese or other East Asian descent.

#### Even

Having an even number in a sequence.

#### Slope

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

#### Even

Having an even number of members.

#### 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

#### Even

Having an exact amount, extent, or number; precise
An even pound.
An even foot.

#### Slope

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

#### Even

To a greater degree or extent. Used as an intensive with comparative adjectives and adverbs
This painting is good, but that one is even better.

#### 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".

#### Even

Indeed; moreover. Used as an intensive
He was happy, even ecstatic. Even a child knows better.

#### Slope

(obsolete) Sloping.

#### Even

Used as an intensive to indicate something that is unexpected
Declined even to consider the idea.

#### Slope

(obsolete) slopingly

#### Even

At the same time as; already; just
Even as we watched, the turtle emerged from its shell.

#### 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.

#### Even

To a degree that extends; fully
Loyal even unto death.

#### 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.

#### Even

Exactly; precisely
It was even as he said.

#### Slope

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

#### Even

To make or become even.

#### Slope

Sloping.
A bank not steep, but gently slope.

Evening.

#### Slope

In a sloping manner.

#### Even

Flat and level.
Clear out those rocks. The surface must be even.

#### 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.

#### Even

Without great variation.
Despite her fear, she spoke in an even voice.

#### Slope

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

#### Even

Equal in proportion, quantity, size, etc.
The distribution of food must be even.
Call it even.

#### Slope

To depart; to disappear suddenly.

#### Even

Divisible by two.
Four, fourteen and forty are even numbers.

#### Slope

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

#### Even

(of a number) Convenient for rounding other numbers to; for example, ending in a zero.

#### Slope

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

#### Even

On equal monetary terms; neither owing nor being owed.

#### Slope

Be at an angle;
The terrain sloped down

#### Even

(colloquial) On equal terms of a moral sort; quits.
You biffed me back at the barn, and I biffed you here—so now we're even.

#### Slope

The measure of steepness.
The slope of the roof was designed to allow rainwater to run off.

#### Even

Parallel; on a level; reaching the same limit.

#### Even

(obsolete) Without an irregularity, flaw, or blemish; pure.

#### Even

(obsolete) Associate; fellow; of the same condition.

#### Even

(transitive) To make flat and level.
We need to even this playing field; the west goal is too low.

#### Even

To equal or equate; to make the same.

#### Even

To be equal.
Thrice nine evens twenty seven.
RQ:Carew Survey of Cornwall

#### Even

To place in an equal state, as to obligation, or in a state in which nothing is due on either side; to balance, as accounts; to make quits.
We need to even the score.

#### Even

To set right; to complete.

#### Even

To act up to; to keep pace with.

#### Even

(archaic) Exactly, just, fully.
I fulfilled my instructions even as I had promised.
You are leaving tonight? — Even so.
This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you.

#### Even

In reality; implying an extreme example in the case mentioned, as compared to the implied reality.
Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn sometimes.
Did you even make it through the front door?
That was before I was even born.

#### Even

Emphasizing a comparative.
I was strong before, but now I am even stronger.

#### Even

Signalling a correction of one's previous utterance; rather, that is.
My favorite actor is Jack Nicklaus. Jack Nicholson, even.

#### Even

An even number.
So let's see. There are two evens here and three odds.

Evening.

#### Even

Level, smooth, or equal in surface; not rough; free from irregularities; hence uniform in rate of motion of action; as, even ground; an even speed; an even course of conduct.

#### Even

Equable; not easily ruffled or disturbed; calm; uniformly self-possessed; as, an even temper.

#### Even

Parallel; on a level; reaching the same limit.
And shall lay thee even with the ground.

#### Even

Balanced; adjusted; fair; equitable; impartial; just to both sides; owing nothing on either side; - said of accounts, bargains, or persons indebted; as, our accounts are even; an even bargain.
To make the even truth in pleasure flow.

#### Even

Without an irregularity, flaw, or blemish; pure.

#### Even

Associate; fellow; of the same condition.

#### Even

Not odd; capable of division by two without a remainder; - said of numbers; as, 4 and 10 are even numbers.
Whether the number of the stars is even or odd.

#### Even

To make even or level; to level; to lay smooth.
His temple Xerxes evened with the soil.
It will even all inequalities

To equal.

#### Even

To place in an equal state, as to obligation, or in a state in which nothing is due on either side; to balance, as accounts; to make quits; to make equal; as, to even the score.

#### Even

To set right; to complete.

#### Even

To act up to; to keep pace with.

To be equal.

#### Even

In an equal or precisely similar manner; equally; precisely; just; likewise; as well.
Even so did these Gauls possess the coast.

#### Even

Up to, or down to, an unusual measure or level; so much as; fully; quite.
Thou wast a soldierEven to Cato's wish.
Without . . . making us even sensible of the change.

#### Even

As might not be expected; - serving to introduce what is unexpected or less expected.
I have made several discoveries, which appear new, even to those who are versed in critical learning.

#### Even

At the very time; in the very case.
I knew they were bad enough to please, even when I wrote them.
By these presence, even the presence of Lord Mortimer.

#### Even

Make level or straight;
Level the ground

#### Even

Become even or more even;
Even out the surface

#### Even

Make even or more even

Divisible by two

#### Even

Equal in degree or extent or amount; or equally matched or balanced;
Even amounts of butter and sugar
On even terms
It was a fifty-fifty (or even) split
Had a fifty-fifty (or even) chance
An even fight

#### Even

Being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with);
An even application of varnish
An even floor
The road was not very even
The picture is even with the window

#### Even

Symmetrically arranged;
Even features
Regular features
A regular polygon

#### Even

Occurring at fixed intervals;
A regular beat
The even rhythm of his breathing

#### Even

Of the score in a contest;
The score is tied

#### Even

Used as an intensive especially to indicate something unexpected;
Even an idiot knows that
Declined even to consider the idea
I don't have even a dollar!

#### Even

In spite of; notwithstanding;
Even when he is sick, he works
Even with his head start she caught up with him

#### Even

To a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons;
Looked sick and felt even worse
An even (or still) more interesting problem
Still another problem must be solved

#### Even

To the full extent;
Loyal even unto death

#### Even

Equal and consistent throughout.
The cake batter was even, ensuring it baked perfectly.

#### Even

Showing no variation.
His performance remained even throughout the season.

## Common Curiosities

#### How is "slope" used in mathematics?

Slope in mathematics measures the steepness of a line, calculated as the ratio of vertical change to horizontal change.

#### How does slope affect construction?

Slope is crucial in construction for drainage and stability, ensuring water flows away from structures.

#### What does "even" imply in everyday language?

Even implies balance, uniformity, or consistency in various contexts.

#### What are practical uses of even surfaces?

Even surfaces are used for stability in flooring, tables, and roads.

#### Can slope be used metaphorically?

Yes, slope can metaphorically describe progress or decline, like in a business context.

#### What does "even" mean in geometry?

Even in geometry refers to a flat or level surface without any bumps or inclines.

#### Can "even" describe numbers?

Yes, even numbers are divisible by two without any remainder.

#### What is an example of an even surface?

e.g., A well-paved road is an example of an even surface.

#### What is an example of slope in nature?

e.g., A mountain slope is a natural example of an inclined surface.

#### Is there a difference between an even floor and a sloped floor?

Yes, an even floor is flat and level, while a sloped floor inclines or declines.

#### How does slope relate to movement?

Slope affects movement by making it easier or harder to travel, depending on the direction of the incline.

#### What does an even number look like?

Even numbers include 2, 4, 6, 8, etc.

#### Can slope indicate a trend?

Yes, slope can indicate upward or downward trends in data or performance.

#### Why is slope important for accessibility?

Sloped surfaces, like ramps, are important for accessibility, making it easier for wheelchairs to navigate.

#### How do you find the slope of a line?

The slope of a line is found by dividing the vertical change by the horizontal change between two points on the line.

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