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

Schneider also stabbed Lebechuck in the head, neck, arms and torso, puncturing Lebechuck's lung and slicing all the way through his cheek, the affidavit said. Aimee Green, OregonLive.com, "Lawyer worries homeless camper accused of stabbing resident 17 times is irrational," 30 May 2018 Once frozen, this high-and-mighty cookies-and-cream cake needs to sit for a spell—15 or 20 minutes—at room temperature before slicing. Anna Helm And Gabriella Vigoreaux, Country Living, "Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake," 22 May 2018 Serve chicken with steamed rice and sliced green onions for topping. Tara Massouleh, AL.com, "Put these colorful acai bowls on your food bucket list," 4 Apr. 2018 Select from a spiral sliced ham, boneless ham, or boneless turkey breast. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "These Restaurants Will Be Open on Easter Sunday," 23 Mar. 2018 The two minute animated video showed a man slicing a woman's throat several times before beheading her. Sofia Lotto Persio, Newsweek, "Kim Wall Trial Update: Peter Madsen Says Dismembering Body On Submarine Was Too 'Horrible' to Describe," 21 Mar. 2018 After multiple injuries – she’s torn ligaments in her right knee, broke her arm, fractured her ankle, and even sliced her thumb on a champagne bottle (been there!) – Lindsey Vonn is ready for a comeback at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang. Shannon Barbour, Cosmopolitan, "16 Things to Know About Team USA's Lindsey Vonn, Who's Skiing Fast and Taking Names," 10 Feb. 2018 The pastrami itself is sliced thick and seems undercured, halfway between brisket and heaven. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "At 3 Squares Diner there’s a dog that won’t bark," 12 July 2018 The priest quickly sliced into the captive's torso and removed his still-beating heart. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This cozy cotton cat bed out of Bellevue looks like a slice of watermelon, and provides a comfy nest and endless summer photo ops. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Summer-themed toys for your four-legged friends," 26 June 2018 As for the influence of California on their work, Novogratz points to the fruit rugs shaped like slices of orange, kiwi, lemon, lime, avocado and watermelon ($39-$49). Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Novogratz Pop-Up Shop Brings Sunny High-Low Furnishings to Fred Segal," 18 June 2018 There was the raw sea scallop, so intensely fresh that its slices clung together stickily; Mr. Hardy had dressed it with dots of yogurt, tiny oval basil leaves, toasted almonds and tart little pink cells of finger lime. New York Times, "Legacy Records Looks for History in a Brand New Neighborhood," 19 June 2018 This will make your slice higher in fiber and lower in sodium. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "It's Official: Cauliflower Is Just as Good for You as Colorful Veggies," 31 May 2018 Turn and cook 2 minutes more, or until the lamb is browned and cooked through (if your slices are thick, the meat will take 1 to 2 minutes longer). Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Get a skillet blazing hot and you can make Middle Eastern lamb shawarma at home," 28 May 2018 Hill's family had packed up their furniture and valuables and left their property convinced the lava erupting from fissures in the area would consume their slice of paradise. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "More evacuations ordered in Hawaii as volcano activity intensifies," 26 May 2018 Otherwise, this is a soothing and transporting journey sure to inspire gardeners of all stripes to create their own slice of heaven. Gary Goldstein, latimes.com, "Documentary 'The Gardener' offers a horticultural escape," 14 May 2018 Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors has paid $12.05 million for his own slice of beachfront in Malibu. Neal J. Leitereg, sacbee, "Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant buys Malibu beachfront property for $12.05 million | The Sacramento Bee," 6 May 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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