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Slope vs. Slant: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 4, 2023
Slope refers to the steepness or gradient of a surface, while slant refers to a tilt or inclination from the vertical or horizontal direction.

Key Differences

A slope is generally understood as the degree of steepness or incline of a particular surface. It can be calculated mathematically as the "rise over run". On the other hand, slant typically refers to the angle or way something deviates from a straight line, especially when it tilts.
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In many contexts, slope is a term commonly associated with geography, geology, or mathematics. For instance, hills and mountains have slopes. Slant, conversely, has a broader usage and can describe not just physical angles, but also biases in writing or reporting.
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While slope often has a more precise, numerical implication — like the slope of a line in algebra — slant might be used in a more subjective manner. For example, news stories can have a slant, meaning they are presented with a particular bias.
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Architecturally, a slope might refer to the gradient of a roof or road. In literature or journalism, however, a slant might refer to the unique angle or perspective from which a story is told.
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Oct 04, 2023
It's important to note that while both slope and slant can often be used interchangeably in casual conversation, their technical definitions differ. A slope usually pertains to an actual measure of steepness, while a slant refers more to a direction of inclination.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Degree of steepness or incline of a surface.
Tilt or inclination from vertical/horizontal.
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Common Usage

Geography, mathematics, architecture.
Literature, journalism, general description.
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Precision

Often has a specific, calculable measure.
Might be more subjective or qualitative.
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Associated Imagery

Hills, mountains, roads.
Angled lines, biases, story perspectives.
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Implication

Typically implies a measurable gradient.
Can imply a direction of inclination or bias.
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Slope and Slant Definitions

Slope

A measure of steepness represented as a ratio.
The slope of that line is 3:1.
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Slant

A particular point of view or bias in presenting information.
The article had a political slant.
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Slope

The angle at which a linear function rises or falls.
In algebra, determining the slope is crucial for understanding linear functions.
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Slant

The direction in which something deviates from the upright.
The sun cast shadows at a slant as it set.
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Slope

A piece of ground that inclines.
The house was built on a gentle slope.
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Slant

A sloping direction or angle.
The artist used slant lines for dynamism in his work.
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Slope

The gradient of a curve at a particular point.
The slope of the curve at this point indicates rapid growth.
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Slant

To give a direction other than perpendicular or horizontal to; make diagonal; cause to slope
She slants her letters from upper right to lower left.
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Slope

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

To present so as to conform to a particular bias or appeal to a certain audience
The story was slanted in favor of the strikers.
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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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Slant

To have or go in a direction other than perpendicular or horizontal; slope.
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Slope

To cause to slope
Sloped the path down the bank.
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Slant

A line, plane, course, or direction that is other than perpendicular or horizontal; a slope.
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Slope

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

A sloping thing or piece of ground.
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Slope

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

(Printing) A virgule.
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Slope

A deviation from the horizontal.
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Slant

A personal point of view or opinion
An article with an unconventional slant.
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Slope

The amount or degree of such deviation.
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Slant

A bias
An anti-religious slant.
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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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Slant

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

A slope; an incline, inclination.
The house was built on a bit of a slant and was never quite level.
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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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Slant

A sloped surface or line.
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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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Slant

(mining) A run: a heading driven diagonally between the dip and strike of a coal seam.
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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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Slant

(typography) slash, particularly in its use to set off pronunciations from other text.
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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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Slant

An oblique movement or course.
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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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Slant

(biology) A sloping surface in a culture medium.
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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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Slant

A pan with a sloped bottom used for holding paintbrushes.
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Slope

A person of Chinese or other East Asian descent.
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Slant

A depression on a palette with a sloping bottom for holding and mixing watercolours.
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Slope

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

A palette or similar container with slants or sloping depressions.
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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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Slant

A sarcastic remark; shade, an indirect mocking insult.
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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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Slant

(slang) An opportunity, particularly to go somewhere.
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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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Slant

A crime committed for the purpose of being apprehended and transported to a major settlement.
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Slope

(obsolete) Sloping.
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Slant

A point of view, an angle.
It was a well written article, but it had a bit of a leftist slant.
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Slope

(obsolete) slopingly
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Slant

(US) A look, a glance.
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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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Slant

A person with slanting eyes, particularly an East Asian.
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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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Slant

(ambitransitive) To lean, tilt or incline.
If you slant the track a little more, the marble will roll down it faster.
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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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Slant

(transitive) To bias or skew.
The group tends to slant its policies in favor of the big businesses it serves.
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Slope

Sloping.
A bank not steep, but gently slope.
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Slant

To lie or exaggerate.
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Slope

In a sloping manner.
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Slant

Sloping; oblique; slanted.
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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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Slant

To be turned or inclined from a right line or level; to lie obliquely; to slope.
On the side of younder slanting hill.
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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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Slant

To turn from a direct line; to give an oblique or sloping direction to; as, to slant a line.
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Slope

To depart; to disappear suddenly.
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Slant

A slanting direction or plane; a slope; as, it lies on a slant.
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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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Slant

An oblique reflection or gibe; a sarcastic remark.
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Slope

The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal;
A five-degree gradient
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Slant

Inclined from a direct line, whether horizontal or perpendicular; sloping; oblique.
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Slope

Be at an angle;
The terrain sloped down
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Slant

A biased way of looking at or presenting something
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Slope

The incline or decline of a surface.
The mountain's slope was challenging for beginners.
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Slant

Degree of deviation from a horizontal plane;
The roof had a steep pitch
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Slant

Lie obliquely;
A scar slanted across his face
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Slant

Present with a bias;
He biased his presentation so as to please the share holders
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Slant

To incline or bend from a vertical position;
She leaned over the banister
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Slant

Heel over;
The tower is tilting
The ceiling is slanting
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Slant

A tilt or inclination from the vertical.
The monument had a slight slant to the left.
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Oct 04, 2023

Slant

A way of looking at or considering a matter.
She offered a unique slant on the topic during the discussion.
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FAQs

How do you calculate the slope?

In mathematics, slope is often calculated as "rise over run" or the change in y over the change in x.
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Oct 04, 2023

Can slant be used to refer to a bias in writing?

Yes, slant can refer to a particular bias or perspective in presenting information.
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Can roads have a slope?

Yes, roads can have a slope which is important for drainage and safety considerations.
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Does slant always imply a negative bias?

No, a slant can be neutral, positive, or negative depending on the context.
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Can buildings have a slant?

Yes, some architectural designs may feature buildings with a slant or tilt for aesthetic or functional reasons.
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Can a story have a slant?

Yes, a story can have a slant, meaning it's presented from a specific viewpoint or with a bias.
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Is the slope always measurable?

In many contexts, especially math and geography, the slope is measurable. However, in casual use, it may simply imply incline.
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What is a "negative slope"?

In mathematics, a negative slope indicates that as one variable increases, the other decreases.
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Is a slope always steep?

No, a slope can be steep or gentle, depending on its gradient.
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Is slope used in sports?

Yes, in sports like skiing, the slope refers to the incline of the ski trail.
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Oct 04, 2023

Does slant mean the same as tilt?

While both words can refer to an inclination, slant can also imply a bias, while tilt typically does not.
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Is every incline a slope?

While every incline can be described as having a slope, not every incline is necessarily referred to as a slope in casual conversation.
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Can light have a slant?

Yes, light can come in at a slant, especially during sunrise or sunset when the sun is low on the horizon.
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Oct 04, 2023

Does slant always refer to physical angles?

No, slant can also refer to biases or a particular way of presenting information.
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In what subjects is slope frequently discussed?

Slope is commonly discussed in mathematics, geography, and physics.
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Can landscapes have a slant?

Landscapes can have inclines or declines, which may be described as having a slant.
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Is slant an objective term?

While slant can refer to a measurable angle, it can also be subjective when referring to biases.
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Are slope and gradient the same?

Slope and gradient are often used interchangeably to describe the incline of a surface, though gradient might be more commonly used in certain contexts, like road design.
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Oct 04, 2023

How does slope relate to geometry?

In geometry, slope describes the steepness, incline, or gradient of a line or surface.
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Oct 04, 2023

Is the term slant used in journalism?

Yes, in journalism, slant refers to the bias or angle from which a story is reported.
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Oct 04, 2023
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