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

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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 About eight feet into the soil, his shovel hit a slab of gray rock that was streaked with black and punctuated with what looked like blobs of bright-turquoise mold. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 After 4 hours, cut each slab of ribs in half and add to the brine. Beth Segal, cleveland, 14 May 2021 Their leader is Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), a sensitive slab of muscle first seen in that early montage, knee-deep in Vegas carnage. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2021 Priorat is situated on top of a huge slab of slate; only the surface part, exposed to severe weather and human labour, is disintegrated, so that young vines can take root. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 11 May 2021 In 1799 French soldiers repairing a medieval fortress near the Mediterranean coast discovered a slab of black granite embedded in its walls. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 While a slab of meat will get you there in no time, vegetarian meals often rely on a combination of different protein sources to provide that amount. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 31 Mar. 2021 Here, corn-and-cheddar waffles come Benedict-style, topped with chive Hollandaise and a healthy slab of bacon, or as a sandwich with spicy aioli and generous hunks of crispy chicken brined in buttermilk. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Mar. 2021 On Friday of that week, a slab of ice fell from the roof of Cowboys Stadium and injured seven people. jsonline.com, 19 Feb. 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. 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 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 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 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, 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, chicagotribune.com, 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, 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 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of slab was in the 14th century

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“Slab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slab. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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slab

noun

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)

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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