Slope vs Taper - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between slope and taper
is that slope
is an area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward while taper
is a slender wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light or taper
can be (weaving) one who operates a tape machine.
As verbs the difference between slope and taper
is that slope
) to tend steadily upward or downward while taper
is to make thinner or narrower at one end.
As an adjective slope
is (obsolete) sloping.
As an adverb slope
is (obsolete) slopingly.
An area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward.
The degree to which a surface tends upward or downward.
- I had to climb a small slope to get to the site.
(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 road has a very sharp downward slope at that point.
(mathematics) The slope of the line tangent to a curve at a given point.
- The slope of this line is 0.5
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 a parabola increases linearly with ''x''.
(vulgar, highly offensive, ethnic slur) A person of Chinese or other East Asian descent.
- The slope of an asphalt shingle roof system should be 4:12 or greater.
* (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
(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.
* ski slope
* slippery slope
* (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
* (John Milton) (1608-1674)
- A bank not steep, but gently slope .
- Down the slope hills.
From (etyl) taper, from (etyl) .
A slender wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light.
* ~1603 , William Shakespeare, ''Othello, Act I, scene I, line 157:
* 1913 ,
- strike on the tinder, ho!/ Give me a taper .
- Love used to carry a bow, you know,
- But now he carries a taper ;
- It is either a length of wax aglow,
A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness and/or cross section in an elongated object
- Or a twist of lighted paper.
- the taper of a spire.
A thin stick used for lighting candles, either a wax-coated wick or a slow-burning wooden rod.
- The legs of the table had a slight taper to them.
To make thinner or narrower at one end.
* 1851 ,
To diminish gradually.
- Though true cylinders without — within, the villanous green goggling glasses deceitfully tapered downwards to a cheating bottom.
* taper off
(weaving) One who operates a tape machine.
Someone who works with tape or tapes.