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slate

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noun \ˈslāt\

Simple Definition of slate

  • : a type of hard rock that splits easily into thin layers

  • : a small sheet of slate in a wooden frame that was used in schools in the past for writing on with chalk

  • : a piece of slate that is used with others to cover a roof or wall

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of slate

  1. 1 :  a piece of construction material (as laminated rock) prepared as a shingle for roofing and siding

  2. 2 :  a dense fine-grained metamorphic rock produced by the compression of various sediments (as clay or shale) so as to develop a characteristic cleavage

  3. 3 :  a tablet (as of slate) used for writing on

  4. 4a :  a written or unwritten record (as of deeds) <started with a clean slate>b :  a list of candidates for nomination or election

  5. 5a :  a dark purplish grayb :  any of various grays similar in color to common roofing slates

slate

adjective

slatelike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of slate in a sentence

  1. Some school blackboards are made of slate.

  2. The house has a slate roof.



Origin and Etymology of slate

Middle English sclate, slate, from Anglo-French *esclat, from esclater to splinter, break off, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German zesleizzen, slīzan to tear apart — more at slit


First Known Use: 14th century


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slate

transitive verb

Definition of slate

slated

slating

  1. 1 :  to cover with slate or a slatelike substance <slate a roof>

  2. 2 :  to designate for a specified purpose or action :  schedule <was slated to direct the play>



15th Century

First Known Use of slate

15th century

Other Building Terms


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slate

transitive verb

Definition of slate

slated

slating

  1. 1 :  to thrash or pummel severely

  2. 2 chiefly British :  to criticize or censure severely



Origin and Etymology of slate

probably alteration of 1slat


First Known Use: 1825



SLATE Defined for Kids

slate

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noun \ˈslāt\

Definition of slate for Students

  1. 1 :  a fine-grained usually bluish gray rock that splits into thin layers or plates and is used mostly for roofing and blackboards

  2. 2 :  a framed piece of slate used to write on





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