slice

verb
\ˈslīs \
sliced; slicing

Definition of slice 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cut with or as if with a knife

2 : to stir or spread with a slice

3 : to hit (a ball) so that a slice results

4 : interpret, construe used in phrases like any way you slice it

intransitive verb

1 : to slice something

2 : to move with a cutting action the ship sliced through the waves

slice

noun

Definition of slice (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a thin flat piece cut from something

b : a wedge-shaped piece (as of pie or cake)

2 : a spatula for spreading paint or ink

3 : a serving knife with wedge-shaped blade a fish slice

4 : a flight of a ball that deviates from a straight course in the direction of the dominant hand of the player propelling it also : a ball following such a course — compare hook

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Other Words from slice

Verb

sliceable \ ˈslī-​sə-​bəl \ adjective
slicer noun

Synonyms for slice

Synonyms: Verb

cut, gash, incise, rip, shear, slash, slit

Synonyms: Noun

allotment, allowance, cut, end, part, piece, portion, proportion, quota, share, take

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Examples of slice in a Sentence

Verb

She sliced the lemon in half. He sliced open his finger while cleaning the fish. The knife sliced through the cake easily.

Noun

thin slices of roast beef The Fourth of July parade was a real slice of Americana. He hit a slice into the right rough.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If Pogba pouts, Modric and Rakitic will slice them up. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Joy of Chicago's Croatians cresting as World Cup final with France approaches," 13 July 2018 With Monteagudo on the serve, Coburn sliced through their defense, showcasing both power and finesse – a wall with offense. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Matrka, Zinn take women's doubles title at The Met," 13 July 2018 Three skylights sliced into the ceiling fill the store with natural light. Candice Baker Yacono, latimes.com, "Louis Vuitton South Coast Plaza reopens with store-exclusive merchandise," 12 July 2018 Led by two future Heisman winners, Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush, the Trojans sliced through defenses with a dynamic passing and rushing attack on their way to a Rose Bowl win over Michigan and an AP national title. Will Mccollister, SI.com, "On the Outside Looking In: The Best Teams to Finish No. 3 in the BCS Era," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, slice the baguette into about 12-14 slices on the diagonal. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Caprese salad meets grilled bread in this easy summer appetizer," 8 July 2018 Attendees noshed on sliced fruit, piraguas, soul food, coquito cocktails and Hennessy shots — a clear shout-out to Cardi B’s younger sibling. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Bardi Baby Shower! Cardi B and Offset Celebrate Daughter on the Way at 'Bronx Fairytale' Bash," 28 June 2018 Cut off tips, slice each half lengthwise, then cut each piece in half again to create 8 pieces. Health.com, "How to Make Better-for-You S'mores, According to a Nutritionist," 28 June 2018 Trader Joe's explains in the product description that Gone Berry Crazy is made by slicing strawberries in half, then dipping the halves in dark chocolate. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Trader Joe's Newest Product Could Become Your Favorite Frozen Treat This Summer," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The 2nd District projects are a small slice of McCaw's business with city contractors. Bill Turque, kansascity, "Engineer profits from city projects and sits on panel to vet them. Is that a problem?," 30 June 2018 Markers on the slice included an estimate that the tree’s life began around the time of Lincoln’s second inaugural. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Elmhurst College groundskeeper shows some of the 900 trees making up the campus' certified arboretum," 17 June 2018 The 2,300-square-foot house sits on a slice of waterfront about a hundred yards through the woods from the parents’ house, where the sisters spent childhood summers. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Sisters build a relaxed summer retreat in coastal Maine," 15 June 2018 Regular customers come and go from Max’s, a convenience store, and a man without a shirt paces aimlessly on the same slice of pavement. Rick Rojas, The Seattle Times, "Newark police ask public to scan city’s surveillance-camera feeds," 9 June 2018 Regular customers come and go from Max’s, a convenience store, and a man without a shirt paces aimlessly on the same slice of pavement. New York Times, "In Newark, Police Cameras, and the Internet, Watch You," 9 June 2018 Rosenstein’s willingness to write a letter supporting the firing was the first slice of salami. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "President Trump Is Taking Control of the Mueller Probe in Slices," 29 May 2018 Spread several heaping tablespoonfuls on two slices of bread and serve as a sandwich. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Leftover eggs? No problem, make egg salad with them," 3 Apr. 2018 Layer on a few slices of peppers and start to roll the steak around the veggies. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Tomato-braised Broccolini-stuffed Beef Rolls," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of slice

Verb

1551, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slice

Verb

Middle English sklicen, from Anglo-French esclicer to splinter, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German slīzan to tear apart — more at slit

Noun

Middle English sclise, slise, from Anglo-French esclice splinter, from esclicer

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slice

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cut something with a sharp object (such as a knife)

: to cut (something) into pieces or slices

: to make (something) smaller by removing part of it

slice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slice (Entry 2 of 2)

: a thin piece of food that is cut from something larger

: a piece that is cut from a pie, cake, etc.

: a piece that is cut from a piece of fruit

slice

verb
\ˈslīs \
sliced; slicing

Kids Definition of slice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cut with or as if with a knife

2 : to cut into thin flat pieces I sliced a tomato.

slice

noun

Kids Definition of slice (Entry 2 of 2)

: a thin flat piece cut from something a slice of bread

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