# gradient vs slope what difference

## what is difference between gradient and slope

## English

### Etymology

From Latin *gradiēns*, present participle of *gradior* (“to step, to walk”)

### Pronunciation

- IPA
^{(key)}: /ˈɡɹeɪdiənt/

### Noun

**gradient** (*plural* **gradients**)

- A slope or incline.
- A rate of inclination or declination of a slope.
- (calculus, of a function) The ratio of the rates of change of a dependent variable and an independent variable, the slope of a curve’s tangent.
- (sciences) The rate at which a physical quantity increases or decreases relative to change in a given variable, especially distance.
- (calculus) 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
- A gradual change in color. A color gradient; gradation.

#### Synonyms

- (slope): hill, incline, ramp, slope
- (calculus, ratio of rates of change): slope (
*of a line*), angular coefficient

#### Coordinate terms

- (calculus, differential operator): curl, divergence, viscid, viscous

#### Derived terms

#### Translations

### Adjective

**gradient** (*not comparable*)

- Moving by steps; walking.
**1648**, John Wilkins,*Mathematical Magick*- movable and
**Gradient**Automata

- movable and

- Rising or descending by regular degrees of inclination.
- Adapted for walking, as the feet of certain birds.

### Anagrams

- atreding, derating, e-trading, gantried, red giant, redating, treading

## French

### Pronunciation

### Noun

**gradient** m (*plural* **gradients**)

- gradient

## Norwegian Bokmål

### Etymology

From English *gradient*, from Latin *gradiens*

### Noun

**gradient** m (*definite singular* **gradienten**, *indefinite plural* **gradienter**, *definite plural* **gradientene**)

- a gradient

### References

- “gradient” in
*The Bokmål Dictionary*. - “gradient” in
*Det Norske Akademis ordbok*(*NAOB*).

## Norwegian Nynorsk

### Etymology

From English *gradient*, from Latin *gradiens*

### Noun

**gradient** m (*definite singular* **gradienten**, *indefinite plural* **gradientar**, *definite plural* **gradientane**)

- a gradient

### References

- “gradient” in
*The Nynorsk Dictionary*.

## Polish

### Etymology

From English *gradient*, from Latin *gradiēns*.

### Pronunciation

- IPA
^{(key)}: //ˈɡrad.jɛnt//

### Noun

**gradient** m inan

- (mathematical analysis) gradient (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)
- gradient (change in color)

#### Declension

#### Derived terms

- (noun phrase) gradient geotermiczny
- (adjective) gradientowy

### Further reading

- gradient in
*Wielki słownik języka polskiego*, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN - gradient in Polish dictionaries at PWN

## Romanian

### Etymology

From French *gradient*.

### Noun

**gradient** m (*plural* **gradienți**)

- gradient

#### Declension

## Swedish

### Noun

**gradient** c

- (mathematical analysis) gradient; a vector operator

#### Declension

### Anagrams

- indraget, tragedin

## English

### Etymology

From *aslope* (adjective, adverb).

### Pronunciation

- (General American) IPA
^{(key)}: /sloʊp/ - (Received Pronunciation) IPA
^{(key)}: /sləʊp/ - Rhymes: -əʊp

### Noun

**slope** (*countable and uncountable*, *plural* **slopes**)

- An area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward.
- The degree to which a surface tends upward or downward.
- (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.
- (mathematics) The slope of the line tangent to a curve at a given point.
- 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).
- (vulgar, 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
- (offensive: Chinese person): Chinaman, Chink

#### Translations

### Verb

**slope** (*third-person singular simple present* **slopes**, *present participle* **sloping**, *simple past and past participle* **sloped**)

- (intransitive) To tend steadily upward or downward.
- (transitive) To form with a slope; to give an oblique or slanting direction to; to incline or slant.
- (colloquial, usually followed by a preposition) To try to move surreptitiously.
- (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.

#### Derived terms

- ski slope
- slippery slope
- Slope County
- sloping

#### Translations

### Adjective

**slope** (*comparative* **more slope**, *superlative* **most slope**)

- (obsolete) Sloping.
**1625**, Francis Bacon,*Of Gardens*- A bank not steep, but gently
**slope**.

- A bank not steep, but gently

### Adverb

**slope** (*comparative* **more slope**, *superlative* **most slope**)

- (obsolete) slopingly

### Anagrams

- LEPOs, Poles, S-pole, eslop, lopes, olpes, poles, spole

## Dutch

### Pronunciation

### Verb

**slope**

- (archaic) singular past subjunctive of
*sluipen* - (archaic) singular present subjunctive of
*slopen*

### Anagrams

- sloep, spoel