Definition of SLEW

past of slay


Definition of SLEW

variant of 1slough 1b

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale


verb \ˈslü\

: to turn or slide in another direction very quickly

Full Definition of SLEW

transitive verb
:  to turn (as a telescope or a ship's spar) about a fixed point that is usually the axis
:  to cause to skid :  veer <slew a car around a turn>
intransitive verb
:  to turn, twist, or swing about :  pivot
:  skid

Variants of SLEW

slew also slue \ˈslü\

Examples of SLEW

  1. He slewed the telescope three degrees south.

Origin of SLEW

origin unknown
First Known Use: circa 1769



: a large number of people or things

Full Definition of SLEW

:  a large number <a slew of books>

Examples of SLEW

  1. He has written a slew of books.
  2. <we still have a slew of work to do on this project>

Origin of SLEW

perhaps from Irish slua army, host, throng, from Old Irish slúag; akin to Lithuanian slaugyti to tend
First Known Use: 1839

Related to SLEW

abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, mass, mess, mountain, much, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sheaf, shipload, sight, lot, spate, stack, store, ton, truckload, volume, wad, wealth, yard
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace


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