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Slope needs orderly treading (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

'slope' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'orderly treading' is the wordplay.
'orderly' indicates an anagram.
'treading' anagrammed gives 'GRADIENT'.

'needs' is the link.

(Other definitions for gradient that I've seen before include "Rise", "Treading (anag) - slope", "Third OT book", "Inclination", "Measure of slope".)

I've seen this clue in Sydney Morning Herald.