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slate

noun \ ˈslāt \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018
1 : a piece of construction material (such as laminated rock) prepared as a shingle for roofing and siding
2 : a dense fine-grained metamorphic rock produced by the compression of various sediments (such as clay or shale) so as to develop a characteristic cleavage
3 : a tablet (as of slate) used for writing on
4 a : a written or unwritten record (as of deeds)
  • started with a clean slate
b : a list of candidates for nomination or election
5 a : a dark purplish gray
b : any of various grays similar in color to common roofing slates

slate

adjective

slatelike

play \ˈslāt-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of slate in a Sentence

  1. Some school blackboards are made of slate.

  2. The house has a slate roof.

Origin and Etymology of slate

Middle English sclate, slate, from Anglo-French *esclat, from esclater to splinter, break off, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German zesleizzen, slīzan to tear apart — more at slit

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slate

verb
slated; slating
1 : to cover (something) with slate or a slatelike substance
  • slate a roof
2 : to designate (someone or something) for a specified purpose or action occurring especially at a fixed time
  • was slated to direct the play
  • The new model is slated [=scheduled] for release early next year.

First Known Use of slate

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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slate

verb
slated; slating
1 : to thrash or pummel severely
2 chiefly British : to criticize or censure severely

Origin and Etymology of slate

probably alteration of 1slat


SLATE Defined for English Language Learners

slate

  • : a type of hard rock that splits easily into thin layers

  • : a small sheet of slate in a wooden frame that was used in schools in the past for writing on with chalk

  • : a piece of slate that is used with others to cover a roof or wall


SLATE Defined for Kids

slate

noun \ ˈslāt \
1 : a fine-grained usually bluish gray rock that splits into thin layers or plates and is used mostly for roofing and blackboards
2 : a framed piece of slate used to write on


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