slab

noun
\ ˈslab How to pronounce slab (audio) \

Definition of slab

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a thick plate or slice (as of stone, wood, or bread): such 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 materialThe Times Literary Supplement (London)
3 : a hard plastic holder for a collectible coin and an identifying insert

slab

verb
slabbed; slabbing

Definition of slab (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

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

slab

adjective

Definition of slab (Entry 3 of 3)

dialectal, chiefly England

Other Words from slab

Noun

slablike \ ˈslab-​ˌlīk How to pronounce slab (audio) \ adjective

Examples of slab in a Sentence

Noun a thick slab of homemade bread
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some rescuers believed the woman could have been as far as 10 to 20 feet from a massive concrete slab where the operation began. Ray Sanchez And Kevin Conlon, CNN, 22 May 2022 To avoid breaking the law, Jared instead sent Forsland a table—its legs were made of ordinary wood and its top was made from the Tree slab, and shipped the package marked as a table. Ellen Ruppel Shell, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 The sculpture is by the late Maine artist Clark Fitz-Gerald, who carved it from a slab of elm taken from a tree that succumbed to the disease in the 1970s. Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 Standouts include a grownup bologna sandwich made from a thick slab of fried mortadella, an excellent meatball sub and a deeply savory meatloaf. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Jan. 2022 The tree theme infiltrates the home’s interior, starting at the entry on the main floor, where a large kitchen has wood shelving, oak floors and a kitchen bar made from a single slab of red oak. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 19 Jan. 2022 Meanwhile, a slab of Boston mackerel, adorned with a tassel of grilled ramps and garlic-chive flowers, was crackly-skinned and deliciously fatty in a way that evoked pork. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 20 May 2022 Her holding up a fresh slab of pork belly, proud and beaming at the camera. Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 The carnivorous dishes became a little repetitive, to be frank: Many of them consist of a small slab of meat sitting on a bed of some purée, accompanied by a couple dollops of different greens. Bon Appétit, 12 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Slabhead was slabbing his head against every ball that came within his orbit, with Tammy Abraham duly confirming to the gravitational pull of his pocket. SI.com, 12 Aug. 2019 Brazil, which primarily exports slab steel to US manufacturers, is hoping to escape by agreeing on limited quotas for more sophisticated products. Jack Ewing And Ana Swanson, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Apr. 2018 Brazil, which primarily exports slab steel to American manufacturers, is hoping to escape by agreeing on limited quotas for more sophisticated products. Jack Ewing And Ana Swanson, New York Times, 29 Apr. 2018 Wipers can be found in the same areas trolling crankbaits, slabbing, or using live bait. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, 14 Mar. 2018 Try trolling crankbaits, slabbing, or using live bait. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, 7 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Somehow, the Grand Wagoneer's slab-sided body makes 22-inch wheels look tiny. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 15 June 2022 As for slab phones, Motorola did not release a flagship Snapdragon 888 phone in the US last year. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 30 Mar. 2022 Using a slab roller that was originally designed for potters was the nemesis of several workers. Denise Brodey, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Like, the uppercase T had a spike serif on the bottom and slab serifs on the top. Diana Budds, Curbed, 13 Oct. 2021 As for style, Blackband says to look at slab-panel cabinetry, which features a flat door over the cabinet box and lends a modern but classic look. Lindsey M. Roberts Special To The Washington Post, Star Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 As for style, Blackband says to look at slab-panel cabinetry, which features a flat door over the cabinet box and lends a modern but classic look. Lindsey M. Roberts Special To The Washington Post, Star Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 As for style, Blackband says to look at slab-panel cabinetry, which features a flat door over the cabinet box and lends a modern but classic look. Lindsey M. Roberts Special To The Washington Post, Star Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 As for style, Blackband says to look at slab-panel cabinetry, which features a flat door over the cabinet box and lends a modern but classic look. Lindsey M. Roberts Special To The Washington Post, Star Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of slab

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slab

Noun

Middle English slabbe

Adjective

akin to Middle English slabben to wallow, obsolete Danish slab muck

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“Slab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slab. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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slab

noun
\ ˈslab How to pronounce slab (audio) \

Kids Definition of slab

: a flat thick piece or slice a slab of stone

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