\ 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


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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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 With the help of their children, Ali and Debbie did some of the work themselves, including installing the basement slab insulation, pre-staining their cedar siding and installing the birch paneling in the stuga. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "New lake house in Burnsville is home and cabin in one," 16 Apr. 2021 As Teresa Giudice readies her house by pouring a bunch of tortilla chips on the sort of marble slab usually reserved for virgin sacrifices, her daughter Gia sits at the onyx kitchen island as large as Vanuatu. Brian Moylan, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: Size Medium," 14 Apr. 2021 Concrete slab repairs will be done in wards 3 and 4, with the scope of work being reversed next year. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Brunswick awards $1.5 million contract for 2021 asphalt road paving program," 13 Apr. 2021 The weekend avalanches were mainly wind or storm slab releases, according to a report from the Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Multiple avalanches and continuing danger will keep Hatcher Pass Road closed through weekend," 8 Apr. 2021 The kitchen, with its slab walls, opens directly to the entertaining spaces. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, "Inside a Storied $28.5 Million Hamptons Mansion Listed by a Media Power Couple," 24 Mar. 2021 While catching a few slab crappies is surely worthwhile, collecting enough for a fish fry requires volume. Bob Mcnally, Outdoor Life, "How to Catch Crappie Limits: 5 Tactics From the Pros," 17 Mar. 2021 This type of avalanche is the result of a weak snow layer buried beneath a cohesive snow slab. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "The Science of Surviving an Avalanche," 14 Mar. 2021 The mantel is a cedar beam, the bricks are painted white, and the hearth constitutes a dark stone slab. Globe Staff,, "Home of the Week: An architect’s reimagined ranch in Reading," 5 Mar. 2021 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., "90min's Definitive European Player Power Rankings: Week 1," 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,, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Swan claims Sustenir Agriculture can convert one standard office space with a ceiling to slab clearance of three meters into an indoor farm 178 times the efficiency of an outdoor farm. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, "The indoor urban farm startup that’s undercutting importers by 30%," 30 Mar. 2021 That will not include dropping a line in the Des Plaines River, despite rumors of slab blue gill swimming there. Charles Selle,, "Column: New owner dives into charms of Wadsworth’s Duck Inn," 22 Feb. 2021 The sheet pan can be used for slab pies, cakes, breads, pancakes, meats and vegetables — and now brittle cookies. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Sheet pan cookies: How to make easy, crunchy cookie brittle at home," 18 Dec. 2020 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. Washington Post, "5 kitchen design choices that will never go out of style," 5 Jan. 2021 Given the flat sole, the Elektra is best suited to vertical and slab routes; anything very overhanging will require more of a downturn at the toe. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Rock Climbing Shoes," 29 Oct. 2020 Compliments about the camper rolled in at gas stations, campsites, and RV parks, where most of the vehicles are frowning, slab-sided metal boxes painted in a shade beige or gray. Chris Nelson, Car and Driver, "Happier Camper: A Road Trip Only Falls Apart If You Let It," 27 Sep. 2020 Quiche can be baked as a pie, cupcakes, slab pie, or any shape that fits your plan. Dallas News, "The comeback quiche: 4 modern recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner," 23 Sep. 2020 Bake the slab pie for 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Dallas News, "Pie is for summertime, too, especially this triple berry treat," 24 June 2020

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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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19 Apr 2021

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“Slab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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