# Stope vs Slope - What's the difference?

stope | slope |

## As nouns the difference between stope and slope

is that stope is a mining excavation in the form of a terrace of steps while slope is an area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward.

## As verbs the difference between stope and slope

is that stope is (mining) to excavate in the form of stopes while slope is (label) to tend steadily upward or downward.

## As an adjective slope is

(obsolete) sloping.

## As an adverb slope is

(obsolete) slopingly.

# stope

## English

### Noun

(en noun)
• A mining excavation in the form of a terrace of steps.
• * 2006 , Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day , Vintage 2007, page 318,
• The other smell that worked its way into your clothes, your skin, your spirit, believed here to rise by way of long-deserted drifts and stopes , from the everyday atmosphere of Hell itself.

#### Derived terms

* stope assay plan * stope board * stope fillings * stope hoist * stope pillar

### Verb

• (mining) To excavate in the form of stopes.
• (mining) To fill in with rubbish, as a space from which the ore has been worked out.
• ### Anagrams

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# slope

## English

### Noun

(en noun)
• An area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward.
• I had to climb a small slope to get to the site.
• The degree to which a surface tends upward or downward.
• The road has a very sharp downward slope at that point.
• (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
• (mathematics) The slope of the line tangent to a curve at a given point.
• The slope of a parabola increases linearly with ''x''.
• 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.
• (vulgar, highly offensive, ethnic slur) A person of Chinese or other East Asian descent.
• #### Synonyms

* (area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward) bank, embankment, gradient, hill, incline * (degree to which a surface tends upward or downward) gradient * (mathematics) first derivative, gradient * Chinaman, Chink

### Verb

(slop)
• (label) To tend steadily upward or downward.
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• (label) To form with a slope; to give an oblique or slanting direction to; to incline or slant.
• To try to move surreptitiously.
• (label) To hold a rifle at a slope with forearm perpendicular to the body in front holding the butt, the rifle resting on the shoulder.
• #### Derived terms

* ski slope * slippery slope * sloping

• (obsolete) Sloping.
• * (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
• A bank not steep, but gently slope .
• * (John Milton) (1608-1674)
• Down the slope hills.