- sloping + -ly (Wiktionary)
“It was one of those long, low racing boats, steered with a wheel like a motor-car, and slopingly decked over in front to shield the driver.”
“Very different these from the concomitants of half a sheet of ruled paper, scrawled over as if chickens had been walking upon it, and folded slopingly, and held loosely together by a wafer!”
“It is a notched stick of a peculiar form, some two feet in length, which is perpendicularly inserted into the starboard gunwale near the bow, for the purpose of furnishing a rest for the wooden extremity of the harpoons, whose other naked, barbed end slopingly projects from the prow.”
“It is a notched stick of a peculiar form, some two feet in length, which is perpendicularly inserted into the starboard gunwale near the bow, for the purpose of furnishing a rest for the wooden extremity of the harpoon, whose other naked, barbed end slopingly projects from the prow.”
“The men had reached the main rigging and were in the very act of commencing operations when a huge sea swept unbroken under the schooner; and as the crest passed her and she settled slopingly down on the back of it, I heard the water in the hold come rushing aft, accompanied by a crashing sound below which told me that the cabin bulkhead had given way, and the next instant the water surged _up_ through the sky-light-hole in the deck, showing that she was at that moment full to the beams abaft.”
“The cutting of a basket twig should be made slopingly within three buds of the point whence the shoot issued; and the cutting of a hoop willow may be made so low as to leave only the swell at the bottom of the shoot.”
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