slab


1slab

noun \ˈslab\

: a thick, flat piece of a hard material (such as stone or wood)

: a thick, flat piece of food (such as bread or meat)

Full Definition of SLAB

1
:  a thick plate or slice (as of stone, wood, or bread): as
a :  the outside piece cut from a log in squaring it
b :  concrete pavement (as of a road); specifically :  a strip of concrete pavement laid as a single unjointed piece
c (1) :  a flat rectangular architectural element that is usually formed of a single piece or mass <a concrete foundation slab>
(2) :  a rectangular building having little width with respect to its length and usually height
2
:  something that resembles a slab (as in size, shape, or density) <backed up by a solid slab of reference material — Times Literary Supplement>
slab·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of SLAB

  1. a thick slab of homemade bread

Origin of SLAB

Middle English slabbe
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice

Rhymes with SLAB

2slab

transitive verb
slabbedslab·bing

Definition of SLAB

1
a :  to remove an outer slab from (as a log)
b :  to divide or form into slabs
2
:  to cover or support (as a roadbed or roof) with slabs
3
:  to put on thickly

First Known Use of SLAB

1703

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice

3slab

adjective

Definition of SLAB

dial chiefly English
:  thick, viscous

Origin of SLAB

akin to Middle English slabben to wallow, obsolete Dan slab muck
First Known Use: 1605

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