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 sliceable (audio) \ adjective
slicer noun

Synonyms for slice

Synonyms: Verb

sliver, splinter

Synonyms: Noun

cross section, sample, sampler, sampling, selection

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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

The teen carried the young girl to a farmhouse, where a Polish woman used a sharp knife to slice the infection from Edyka's leg. Eric Adler, kansascity, "Mother pushed daughter off train to save her from Nazis. This song tells their story | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018 Add sliced garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Swiss Chard and Beets," 7 Jan. 2019 Some homes were sliced open, displaying their insides like doll houses. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "‘You Just Realize It’s All Gone’: Hurricane Michael’s Heavy Toll," 12 Oct. 2018 That money is sliced into thirds with the bulk going to the California Teachers Assn. Andrew J. Campa, latimes.com, "Local unions react to Janus ruling with uncertainty, hope," 11 July 2018 The Sign of the Beefcarver on Michigan Avenue in Dearborn is closing Monday after more than 50 years of serving up freshly sliced roast beef and other comfort foods. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Sign of the Beefcarver in Dearborn closes," 18 June 2018 Veal Margarita balanced tender meat and ingredients more associated with a classic pizza — sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, oregano — to make a satisfying entree. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Exceptional food, pleasant setting at Kings Contrivance Restaurant," 17 May 2018 Add 2 large broccoli stems (lightly peeled, then thinly sliced, about 2 cups) and cook until golden brown, 4 minutes per side. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Broccoli and Lemony Ricotta Flatbread," 15 Feb. 2019 Serve over rice with additional cilantro, sliced red chiles, and lime wedges if desired. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Red Curry Shrimp and Cilantro Rice," 9 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In large bowl, toss spinach and watercress; fold in orange slices and divide among plates. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Rhubarb and Citrus Salad with Black Pepper Vinaigrette," 2 May 2019 Photo: Laura Buckman for The Wall Street Journal In contrast, supply is tight in the small slice of the market where homes are still priced below $200,000. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "The U.S. Housing Boom Is Coming to an End, Starting in Dallas," 26 Nov. 2018 Each order comes with three fat slices of fried eggplant speared on a skewer. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Fascinating fried eggplant at Xiao Mei Xing," 9 July 2018 Following the service, Prince William and Kate will give a private tea at Clarence House, with slices of Louis’ christening cake—a tier taken from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding cake—to be served to guests. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Why The Queen and Prince Philip Won't Attend Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 The whole game takes place in a small slice of London in 1918, and covers four districts each decimated by the war, an outbreak of Spanish flu, and, oh yeah, a scourge of undead vampires in neverending search of blood. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Vampyr is a gothic RPG that makes you feel guilty for killing," 8 June 2018 Their new penchant for vintage JPG speaks to a much more colorful slice of fashion history. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Can You Keep Up With the Kardashians’s New Vintage collection?," 30 Jan. 2019 Sitting for a on the Spanish Steps for a slice of pizza al taglio is a no-no, too. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rome Cracking Down on Street Drinking, Bad Tourist Behavior With New Laws," 28 Nov. 2018 Of course, not everyone dashes for a slice of divorce cake the day the judge signs the papers. Jessica Wakeman, Glamour, "10 Divorced Women on How They Spent Their First Single Night," 28 Nov. 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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More Definitions for slice

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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