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slab

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noun \ˈslab\

Definition of slab

  1. 1 :  a thick plate or slice (as of stone, wood, or bread): such asa :  the outside piece cut from a log in squaring itb :  concrete pavement (as of a road); specifically :  a strip of concrete pavement laid as a single unjointed piecec (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. 2 :  something that resembles a slab (as in size, shape, or density) backed up by a solid slab of reference material — The Times Literary Supplement (London)

  3. 3 :  a hard plastic holder for a collectible coin and an identifying insert

slablike

play \ˈslab-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of slab in a Sentence

  1. a thick slab of homemade bread

Origin and Etymology of slab

Middle English slabbe

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slab

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Definition of slab

slabbed

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slabbing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to remove an outer slab from slab a logb :  to divide or form into slabs

  3. 2 :  to cover or support (something, such as a roadbed or roof) with slabs

  4. 3 :  to put on thickly

First Known Use of slab

1703

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slab

adjective

Definition of slab

dialectal, chiefly England

  1. :  thick, viscous

Origin and Etymology of slab

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


SLAB Defined for English Language Learners

slab

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noun

Definition of slab for English Language Learners

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

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


SLAB Defined for Kids

slab

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noun \ˈslab\

Definition of slab for Students

  1. :  a flat thick piece or slice a slab of stone



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