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

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

Cool 5 minutes and then slice into 1-inch pieces with a serrated knife. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Cajun Sausage Puffs With Bourbon Mustard," 5 Nov. 2018 Dismantling my kitchen existence sliced into my soul a little. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "Kitchen confidential: How I downsized the most important room in the house," 24 Sep. 2018 For flank steak, use a sharp slicing knife or an electric knife to slice steak across the grain into very thin slices. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 Transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Red Grapes and Cabbage," 7 Jan. 2019 At one point in the film, the Prince of Wales—an insecure and violent madman intent on proving his strength to his father, the king—strings up a nobleman at the gate of a castle before slicing open his stomach. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "How They Made All the Blood and Guts of 'Outlaw King'," 9 Nov. 2018 For a juicy medium-rare, let the steak rest for 10 minutes before slicing. David Tanis, The Seattle Times, "This hefty steak is light enough for August," 20 Aug. 2018 The chef then takes the breast back to the kitchen to slice and arrange onto individual serving plates next to a garnish of cherries, turnips and frisee. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Sorrel off to a stellar start in Pacific Heights," 6 July 2018 Add 2 stalks celery, 1 Bartlett pear, 1 bulb fennel, and 1 scallion (all thinly sliced) and toss to combine. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pear & Walnut Salad," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There’s a pie, and everyone wants their little slice. Wayne Parry, The Seattle Times, "US sports leagues split on how to monetize sports betting," 4 Feb. 2019 These 37 cards become your deck, your personalized slice of KeyForge that no one can take away. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "KeyForge: The red-hot card game where every deck is unique—and unchangeable," 15 Dec. 2018 Toll Brothers’ results in the quarter ended in June were a bright spot amid a slowing housing market, as its slice of affluent consumers who tend to put more cash down on purchases seemed initially resilient to rising housing costs. WSJ, "Toll Brothers Sales Decline in Last Quarter," 4 Dec. 2018 What is the meaning of my little slice of time in the context of the whole history of the cosmos? Hans Aschim, Harper's BAZAAR, "Three Women in Science Who Broke the Glass Ceiling," 5 Oct. 2018 But with rooms to spare, the family happily shares their slice of paradise. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Farm-Fresh Flowers and Lobster Rolls Aplenty: Marlo Laz’s Jeweler Gives Her Guide to Nantucket," 7 Sep. 2018 For older kids, their locker is their daily lifeline at school — their own slice of real estate — so the space has to highlight their personality. Nadine Jolie Courtney, Good Housekeeping, "10 Back to School DIY Projects Your Kids Will Love," 23 July 2018 Returns could be further squeezed as the drugs target narrower slices of patients. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "Pfizer Pivots to Cancer Drugs for Growth," 27 Jan. 2019 Looking for lipstick that lasts through your favorite slice? Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Shared Her Beauty Hack for Eating Pizza Without Smudging Your Lipstick," 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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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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