slice

verb
\ ˈslīs How to pronounce slice (audio) \
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 How to pronounce slice (audio) \ adjective
slicer noun

Synonyms for slice

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Remove the treats from the pan and slice into 16 squares. Joanne Rosa, ABC News, "How to make Duff Goldman's no-bake s'mores cereal treats," 30 Apr. 2021 While the filling cooks, peel and slice the potatoes into 1/8-inch rounds. Washington Post, "This Romanian potato casserole offers a link to the lost recipes of an immigrant’s kitchen," 28 Apr. 2021 This will core and slice your fruit in a single motion. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Apple Slicer," 21 Apr. 2021 Separate the rectangles, then use the ruler and wheel cutter to slice a straight line from opposite corners of one rectangle to form two long, equal triangles. The Salt Lake Tribune, "How to make stunning croissants at home," 9 Apr. 2021 Creator has developed a fully autonomous burger-bot that can slice toppings, grill a patty, assemble and bag a burger without any human interaction. Mark Minevich, Forbes, "4 Advanced Innovations Moving Society Forward In 2021," 21 Apr. 2021 When food freezes, ice crystals form in any water molecules present and can slice-and-dice protein strands into mushy ribbons. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "The best way to freeze, thaw and reheat leftover brisket, chili and carne guisada, salsa, shredded chicken and pulled pork," 20 Apr. 2021 The mild weather comes ahead of a cold front which will slice through the region Wednesday night, bringing some showers overnight before ushering in a day of chilly conditions for Thursday. BostonGlobe.com, "A beautiful day is on tap for Tuesday before cold and showers arrive," 19 Apr. 2021 Tension has been mounting for years over how to slice up a global television and commercial rights pie that is currently worth more than $3.3 billion a year. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Europe’s Top Soccer Clubs Announce Breakaway ‘Super League’," 18 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This particular slice of Southern California heaven is over-the-top—but still tasteful—in nearly every thoughtful detail, from the architecture to the sleek Italian millwork and cabinetry. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, "This Ultra-Modern Beverly Hills Mansion Can Be Yours for 1,000 Bitcoins—or $65 Million," 15 Apr. 2021 At stake is a slice of a late-night TV advertising market worth some $500 million a year, according to market researcher Kantar. BostonGlobe.com, "Fox News takes on late-night comedy with right-leaning show," 1 Apr. 2021 In January, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said vaccines should be mandatory for employees, even though surveys show a large slice of Americans are still hesitant to receive the inoculations. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "American Airlines employees who get COVID-19 vaccines will receive an extra day off and vouchers," 5 Mar. 2021 That slice of the pie was as low as 25.8% in 2012-13 when Anthony Grant’s team narrowly missed an at-large bid to the tournament. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Breaking down Alabama’s ability to make deep NCAA tournament run," 24 Feb. 2021 But that slice is here and bearing down in a serious way. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: This blast of winter demanding caution," 15 Feb. 2021 The first slice of good news is that the next six months will see lots more new vaccines to complement the successful candidate from Pfizer-BioNTech. The Economist, "The World in 2021 The path to a covid-19 vaccine may be quick, but it will be bumpy," 16 Nov. 2020 By the end of the year, China's slice of global GDP is likely to grow by about 1.1 percentage points, according to a CNN Business calculation using World Bank data. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Americans are racing to create new businesses during the pandemic," 12 Oct. 2020 Today, the funky little slice of pre-Disney Florida is largely a bait fishery for larger fleet boats. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Deep-water fish farming in the Gulf of Mexico: Who benefits?," 31 Aug. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slice. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce slice (audio) \
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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