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

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#### 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.
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#### Oblique

Having a slanting or sloping direction, course, or position; inclined.
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#### 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
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#### Oblique

(Mathematics) Designating geometric lines or planes that are neither parallel nor perpendicular.
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#### Slope

A person from East Asia, especially Vietnam.
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#### Oblique

(Botany) Having the part on one side of the midrib of a different size or shape than the part on the other side. Used of a leaf.
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#### 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
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#### Oblique

(Anatomy) Situated in a slanting position; not transverse or longitudinal
Oblique muscles or ligaments.
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#### Slope

Move in an idle or aimless manner
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#### Oblique

Indirect or evasive
Oblique political maneuvers.
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#### Slope

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

Gave oblique answers to the questions.
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#### Slope

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

Not direct in descent; collateral.
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#### Slope

To cause to slope
Sloped the path down the bank.
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#### Oblique

(Grammar) Designating any noun case except the nominative or the vocative.
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#### Slope

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

An oblique thing, such as a line, direction, or muscle.
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#### Slope

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

At an angle of 45°.
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#### Slope

A deviation from the horizontal.
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#### Oblique

Not erect or perpendicular; not parallel to, or at right angles from, the base.
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#### Slope

The amount or degree of such deviation.
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#### Oblique

Not straightforward; obscure or confusing.
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#### 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.
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#### Oblique

Disingenuous; underhand; morally corrupt.
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#### Slope

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

Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral.
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#### Slope

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

Having the base of the blade asymmetrical, with one side lower than the other.
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#### 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
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#### Oblique

Growing at an angle that is neither vertical nor horizontal.
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#### Slope

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

(grammar) Pertaining to the oblique case (non-nominative).
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#### 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
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#### Oblique

Indirect; employing the actual words of the speaker but as related by a third person, having the first person in pronoun and verb converted into the third person and adverbs of present time into the past, etc.
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#### Slope

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

(music) Employing oblique motion, motion or progression in which one part (voice) stays on the same note while another ascends or descends.
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#### 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.
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#### Oblique

(geometry) An oblique line.
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#### Slope

A person of Chinese or other East Asian descent.
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#### Oblique

Synonym of slash⟨/⟩.
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#### Slope

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

(grammar) The oblique case.
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#### 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
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#### Oblique

(intransitive) To deviate from a perpendicular line; to become askew;
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#### Slope

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

(military) To march in a direction oblique to the line of the column or platoon; — formerly accomplished by oblique steps, now by direct steps, the men half-facing either to the right or left.
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#### 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".
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#### Oblique

To slant (text, etc.) at an angle.
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#### Slope

(obsolete) Sloping.
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#### Oblique

Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
It has a direction oblique to that of the former motion.
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#### Slope

(obsolete) slopingly
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#### Oblique

Not straightforward; indirect; obscure;
The love we bear our friends . . . Hath in it certain oblique ends.
This mode of oblique research, when a more direct one is denied, we find to be the only one in our power.
Then would be closed the restless, oblique eye.That looks for evil, like a treacherous spy.
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#### 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.
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#### Oblique

Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral.
His natural affection in a direct line was strong, in an oblique but weak.
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#### 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.
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An oblique line.
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#### Slope

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

To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an oblique direction.
Projecting his person towards it in a line which obliqued from the bottom of his spine.
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#### Slope

Sloping.
A bank not steep, but gently slope.
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#### Oblique

To march in a direction oblique to the line of the column or platoon; - formerly accomplished by oblique steps, now by direct steps, the men half-facing either to the right or left.
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#### Slope

In a sloping manner.
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#### Oblique

Any grammatical case other than the nominative
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#### 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.
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#### Oblique

A diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso
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#### Slope

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

Slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angular;
The oblique rays of the winter sun
Acute and obtuse angles are oblique angles
The axis of an oblique cone is not perpendicular to its base
The axes are perpendicular to each other
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#### Slope

To depart; to disappear suddenly.
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#### Oblique

Indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading;
Used devious means to achieve success
Gave oblique answers to direct questions
Oblique political maneuvers
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#### Slope

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

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

Be at an angle;
The terrain sloped down
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