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 Ok, so this isn’t a steak, but it’s one glorious slab of beef. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 9 July 2022 Afterward, the work becomes more delicate: Each mini slab is chiseled, polished, stacked, tagged and finally stenciled and sandblasted, with a loving commemoration of a parent, grandparent, spouse, son or daughter. New York Times, 3 Mar. 2022 Because quartzite is a natural material, each slab will differ slightly in its color and veining patterns. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Nov. 2021 Pistachios punctuate each porky slab, garnished with something pickled and set on a brushstroke of mustard glaze. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2021 In November 2019, the complaint says, a portion of that formwork failed and collapsed while workers for Baker were placing concrete for the elevated floor slab on the project's seventh level. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 21 July 2022 Through most of the year, the king-size slab felt comfortable and supportive. Sal Vaglica, WSJ, 15 July 2022 The slab was just a small piece of a large chunk of rock discovered by a local farmer in the 19th century. al, 14 July 2022 The half-inch-thick slab of swine is smoked the day before and then seared to order. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 June 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 Everything’s made in-house, from the 12 rotating ice cream flavors, including a peanut butter, bacon and banana flavor made with chopped bacon, to cupcakes, slab pies, muffins and coffee cakes. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 14 July 2022 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 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 10 Aug. 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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