slash

1 of 3

verb

slashed; slashing; slashes

intransitive verb

: to lash out, cut, or thrash about with or as if with an edged blade

transitive verb

1
: to cut with or as if with rough sweeping strokes
2
: cane, lash
3
: to cut slits in (something, such as a garment) so as to reveal a color beneath
4
: to criticize cuttingly
5
: to reduce sharply : cut

slash

2 of 3

noun (1)

1
: the act of slashing
also : a long cut or stroke made by or as if by slashing
2
: an ornamental slit in a garment
3
a
: an open tract in a forest strewn with debris (as from logging)
b
: the debris in such a tract
4
: a mark / used typically to denote "or" (as in and/or), "and or" (as in straggler/deserter), or "per" (as in feet/second)

called also diagonal, slant, solidus, virgule

5
or slash fiction : a genre of fan fiction which features a romantic pairing of two usually male fictional characters who are not romantically connected in the original work of fiction
If women are the prime producers of the stuff, one would imagine that slash would be as full of male-female fantasies as male-male fantasies, but that's not the case.Owen Smith
Here's a sampling of Harry Potter slash, taken from a novella called "Irresistible Poison," about a budding romance between Harry and his archenemy Draco Malfoy.Christopher Noxon
I don't know whether Moody has read Kirk/Spock slash fiction, either, but I bet he's heard of it …Elizabeth Hand

slash

3 of 3

noun (2)

: a low swampy area often overgrown with brush

Examples of slash in a Sentence

Verb Someone slashed his car's tires. He threatened to slash the man's throat. She slashed a path through the underbrush. They slashed their way through the jungle. The company has slashed prices to increase sales. Funding for the program was slashed. Noun (1) made a slash in the fabric with a knife
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The National Rally has promised to raise public spending and slash VAT on electricity and fuel. Olesya Dmitracova, CNN, 14 June 2024 Since then, the company has stopped production, laid off workers and slashed the Ocean’s prices. Laurence Darmiento, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2024 The Fed slashed interest rates at the onset of the pandemic to nearly 0% to help keep the economy afloat as global economies shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19. Medora Lee, The Courier-Journal, 12 June 2024 Since 2022, tech companies in the region have slashed roughly 40,000 jobs. Ryan MacAsero, The Mercury News, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for slash 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

origin unknown

Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Verb

1548, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (1)

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1652, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slash was in 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Slash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slash. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

slash

1 of 2 verb
1
: to cut by sweeping and pointless blows
2
: to whip or strike with or as if with a cane
3
: to criticize without mercy
4
: to cut slits in (as a skirt) to reveal a different color or material
5
: to reduce sharply : cut
slash prices
slasher noun

slash

2 of 2 noun
1
: the act of slashing
also : a long cut or stroke made by slashing
2
: an ornamental slit in a garment
3
: a mark / used to mean "or" (as in and/or), "and or" (as in bottles/cans), or "per" (as in kilometers/hour)

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