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slab

noun \ ˈslab \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of slab

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 material
  • The Times Literary Supplement (London)
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

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Origin and Etymology of slab

Middle English slabbe

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slab

verb

Definition of slab

slabbed; slabbing
transitive verb
1 a : 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

First Known Use of slab

1703

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slab

adjective

Definition of slab

dialectal, chiefly England

Origin and Etymology of slab

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


SLAB Defined for English Language Learners

slab

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

noun \ ˈslab \

Definition of slab for Students

: a flat thick piece or slice
  • a slab of stone


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