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slash

verb \ ˈslash \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of slash

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

Examples of slash in a Sentence

  1. Someone slashed his car's tires.

  2. He threatened to slash the man's throat.

  3. She slashed a path through the underbrush.

  4. They slashed their way through the jungle.

  5. The company has slashed prices to increase sales.

  6. Funding for the program was slashed.

Origin and Etymology of slash

origin unknown


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slash

noun

Definition of slash

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

First Known Use of slash

1576


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slash

noun

Definition of slash

: a low swampy area often overgrown with brush

Origin and Etymology of slash

origin unknown



SLASH Defined for English Language Learners

slash

Definition of slash for English Language Learners

  • : to make a long cut in (something) with a knife or other sharp weapon

  • : to make (a path) by cutting plants

  • : to reduce (something) by a large amount


SLASH Defined for Kids

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slash

verb \ ˈslash \

Definition of slash for Students

slashed; slashing
1 : to cut or strike at with sweeping blows
  • He slashed the air with his cutlass …
  • —Jon Scieszka, The Not-So-Jolly Roger
2 : to reduce sharply
  • The store is slashing prices.

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slash

noun

Definition of slash for Students

1 : an act of cutting or striking with sweeping strokes
2 : a long cut or slit made with sweeping blows
3 : a mark / used to mean “or” (as in and/or), “and or” (as in bottles/cans), or “per” (as in miles/hour)


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