Gradient vs. Slope

Gradient vs. Slope — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Gradient and Slope

Gradientnoun

A rate of inclination; a slope.

Slopeverb

To diverge from the vertical or horizontal; incline

a roof that slopes.

Gradientnoun

An ascending or descending part; an incline.

Slopeverb

To move or walk

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

Gradientnoun

(Physics) The rate at which a physical quantity, such as temperature or pressure, changes in response to changes in a given variable, especially distance.

Slopeverb

To cause to slope

sloped the path down the bank.

Gradientnoun

(Mathematics) A vector having coordinate components that are the partial derivatives of a function with respect to its variables.

Slopenoun

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

Gradientnoun

(Biology) A series of progressively increasing or decreasing differences in the growth rate, metabolism, or physiological activity of a cell, organ, or organism.

Slopenoun

A stretch of ground forming a natural or artificial incline

ski slopes.

Gradientnoun

A slope or incline.

Slopenoun

A deviation from the horizontal.

Gradientnoun

A rate of inclination or declination of a slope.

Slopenoun

The amount or degree of such deviation.

Gradientnoun

(calculus) Of a function y = f(x) or the graph of such a function, the rate of change of y with respect to x
that is, the amount by which y changes for a certain (often unit) change in x
equivalently, the inclination to the X axis of the tangent to the curve of the graph.

Slopenoun

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.

Gradientnoun

(science) The rate at which a physical quantity increases or decreases relative to change in a given variable, especially distance.

Slopenoun

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

Gradientnoun

(analysis) A differential operator that maps each point of a scalar field to a vector pointed in the direction of the greatest rate of change of the scalar. Notation for a scalar field φ: ∇φ

Slopenoun

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

Gradientnoun

A gradual change in color. A color gradient; gradation.

Slopenoun

An area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward.

I had to climb a small slope to get to the site.

Gradientadjective

Moving by steps; walking.

gradient automata

Slopenoun

The degree to which a surface tends upward or downward.

The road has a very sharp downward slope at that point.

Gradientadjective

Rising or descending by regular degrees of inclination.

the gradient line of a railroad

Slopenoun

(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

Gradientadjective

Adapted for walking, as the feet of certain birds.

Slopenoun

(mathematics) The slope of the line tangent to a curve at a given point.

The slope of a parabola increases linearly with x.

Gradientnoun

a graded change in the magnitude of some physical quantity or dimension

Slopenoun

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.

Gradientnoun

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

a five-degree gradient

Slopenoun

A person of Chinese or other East Asian descent.

Slopeverb

(intransitive) To tend steadily upward or downward.

The road slopes sharply down at that point.

Slopeverb

(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

Slopeverb

To try to move surreptitiously.

I sloped in through the back door, hoping my boss wouldn't see me.

Slopeverb

(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".

Slopeadjective

(obsolete) Sloping.

Slopeadverb

(obsolete) slopingly

Slopenoun

an elevated geological formation;

he climbed the steep slopethe house was built on the side of the mountain

Slopenoun

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

a five-degree gradient

Slopeverb

be at an angle;

The terrain sloped down