\ ˈslash How to pronounce slash (audio) \
slashed; slashing; slashes

Definition of slash

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


noun (1)

Definition of slash (Entry 2 of 3)

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
3a : 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


noun (2)

Definition of slash (Entry 3 of 3)

: a low swampy area often overgrown with brush

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Synonyms: Verb

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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.
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First Known Use of slash


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

History and Etymology for slash


origin unknown

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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“Slash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slash

: 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


\ ˈslash How to pronounce slash (audio) \
slashed; slashing

Kids Definition of slash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.



Kids Definition of slash (Entry 2 of 2)

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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