\ˈslab \

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


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



Definition of slab (Entry 3 of 3)

dialectal, chiefly England

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Other Words from slab


slablike \ˈslab-ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of slab in a Sentence


a thick slab of homemade bread

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That trip involved lots of shimmying and scrambling across uneven rock slabs and ledges, plus off-trail maneuvers. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 The village itself, just yards from borders with France and Germany, took a while to cotton on to the potential that history had given it, but now offers tourists a museum, sculptures made from Luxembourgish steel and two slabs of the Berlin Wall. The Economist, "Europe’s passport-free zone faces a grim future," 21 June 2018 Guy’s Pig & Anchor is well worth an evening, with gentle fees for food — $4 for starters such as chicken wings and trash can nachos, $6 for pig and brisket melt, $8 for the half slab of ribs, and $2 for such sides as sweet potato bourbon mash. David G. Molyneaux, miamiherald, "This cruise ship's elevators may be smarter than you," 30 May 2018 Hunks of basalt as much as 8 feet in diameter and slabs of concrete 11 feet across armored the beach, left from a seawall built in the 1950s. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit seeks more review of projects that ‘armor’ Puget Sound shoreline," 22 May 2018 Listed at nearly $20 million, the polished contemporary features a river-like water element, floor-to-ceiling glass and slabs of marble. Neal J. Leitereg And Lauren Beale,, "Hot Property: One for the home team," 21 Apr. 2018 Set within the rock formation of Bukkekjerka, an old Sami sacrificial site found on the island of Andøya, is a sculptural pavilion formed by a swooping slab of concrete that angles upward before folding down. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Concrete rest stop mimics its rocky site," 11 June 2018 Metal bars have been tacked onto old wooden benches near the Irish Memorial in Old City (though many have been removed, replaced by slabs of cardboard for sleeping). Samantha Melamed,, "Is LOVE Park inclusive - or hostile? How the 'war on sitting' is changing public spaces," 31 May 2018 From the camp, an Israeli sniper position reinforced by concrete slabs was visible., "The Latest: Israeli Fire Kills Palestinian At Gaza Border," 6 Apr. 2018

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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,, "US allies brace for trade war as tariff negotiations stall," 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, "U.S. Allies Brace for Trade War as Tariff Negotiations Stall," 29 Apr. 2018 Wipers can be found in the same areas trolling crankbaits, slabbing, or using live bait. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report: Looking for hot spots? Here's where the fish are biting | The Kansas City Star," 14 Mar. 2018 Try trolling crankbaits, slabbing, or using live bait. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report: Prospects should improve if the winds stay calm | The Kansas City Star," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of slab


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slab


Middle English slabbe


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

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English Language Learners Definition of slab

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

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


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Kids Definition of slab

: a flat thick piece or slice a slab of stone

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