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 The would-be assassin’s bullet struck the scabbard and lodged itself into the silver blade, before Cash used the knife to slice off his assailant’s nose and an ear. Michael Medved, WSJ, 18 June 2021 Sharp movement and crisp passing allowed Portland to unlock Louisville’s defense and eventually slice through it for its first shutout victory since a 5-0 win against Chicago Red Stars. Portland Timbers And Thorns Fc, oregonlive, 18 June 2021 Leatherman Tools in Portland, Oregon, makes multi-tools that can cut, slice and saw. Esther Castillejo, ABC News, 17 June 2021 Remove and discard the skins from the peaches, then halve the peaches, discard the pits and slice each peach into 8 slices. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Cas12 refers to a protein used in conjunction with CRISPR to slice into genetic codes. Julie Washington, cleveland, 16 June 2021 Finely chop white and light green parts of scallion; thinly slice dark green part and set aside. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 15 June 2021 In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, these elements should help the vessel slice through the seas effortlessly. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 9 June 2021 Yet there are other interesting ways to slice this. Tim Ingham, Rolling Stone, 9 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Within shouting distance of the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, and about 150 yards off the Detroit RiverWalk, is a unique slice of landscape with historical and cultural significance. Scott Talley, Freep.com, 1 June 2021 Borges’ team makes the bread in-house daily, then offers a trio of butters or dips to slather on each slice. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 12 May 2021 Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and Samsung Electronics, for example, have managed the increasingly difficult feat of packing more transistors on each slice of silicon. New York Times, 7 May 2021 Drizzle a little olive oil on each slice, then rub with the cut-side of the extra garlic clove. BostonGlobe.com, 4 May 2021 Instead, Infineon's European production network has focused on a growing slice of the semiconductor market that serves power electronics. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 4 May 2021 Pile each toast with the broccoli rabe, then top each with half of a slice of the cheese. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 As more people receive vaccines, COVID-19 cases are occurring mostly in the increasingly narrow slice of the unprotected population. Author: Dan Keating, Leslie Shapiro, Anchorage Daily News, 30 May 2021 While a smaller share of that cohort, 49.5%, is considered fully vaccinated, having such a large slice of the overall population even partially protected means the state is fairly well armored against the possibility of another coronavirus spike. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021

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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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22 Jun 2021

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“Slice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slice. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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