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

Using a very sharp knife, butterfly the chicken as follows: Starting at the thickest side, slice the chicken horizontally in half cutting nearly three-fourths of the way through to the other side. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Weeknight chicken challenge met with a hot griddle and fast recipes," 11 Sep. 2019 The Katz’s kit includes roughly three-quarters of a pound of pastrami (hand-sliced in a plastic pouch that should be steamed or quickly boiled to loosen), rye bread and a small jar of spicy deli mustard. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Katz’s with catches: Famed pastrami coming to South Florida," 22 Aug. 2019 In 1964, after fishing resumed, President Lyndon Johnson ate a fish from the Narraguagus River that had been sliced into steaks and poached in a French style. Caroline Lester, The New Yorker, "The Last Presidential Salmon," 7 Aug. 2019 Its track sliced in and out of the giant structure, wooing onlookers with a visual spectacle. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "From Death Traps to Disneyland: The 600-Year History of the Roller Coaster," 13 Aug. 2018 The 376-foot destroyer was sliced in half during a multinational warfare exercise, and the front half sank in two minutes after months of providing naval gunfire support during the Vietnam War. Tylisa C. Johnson, Philly.com, "74 sailors died during a Vietnam warfare exercise, but their names aren't on D.C. memorial," 9 July 2018 In some of the injuries researchers look at, the animals' bones have been sliced, Alaska Sea Grant said. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Research: Sharks might be eating more northern seals and sea lions in Alaska waters," 4 July 2018 An intoxicated boater is being accused of creating a chain reaction of havoc in the small coastal town Southport that left four people hurt, three boats damaged and three docks sliced in half, according to WECT. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "4 hurt, 3 boats wrecked, 3 docks sliced during chain reaction of havoc at NC coast," 8 June 2018 Fati's goal before the second minute was a laser, but the assist four minutes later was an absolute thing of beauty as Fati sliced through the Valencia defense. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "16-Year-Old Ansu Fati Scores First Goal With Barcelona in Historic Performance," 14 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The rest of the season includes games against Charlotte, Wofford, South Carolina and an unmemorable slice of the ACC. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Clemson remains team to beat for the national championship," 16 Sep. 2019 Nothing about his tone or words could change this slice of reality: The 49ers must plow forward without Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley, an instrumental part of their offensive line. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "49ers will scan market for left tackles in wake of Joe Staley’s injury," 16 Sep. 2019 Spread one side of each bread slice with the miso butter. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, "Here’s how to turn your grilled cheese sandwich into an umami bomb," 15 Sep. 2019 Zabala’s modernist cooking is frequently fun and delicious, with Wonka-esque conversation pieces like a pizza slice fashioned out of meringue and a crisp turbo wing laminated in teriyaki sauce. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The best thing our restaurant critic ate this summer," 14 Sep. 2019 To reheat the brisket, slice and place in a pan with gravy. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Make-ahead beef brisket makes holiday prep easier," 13 Sep. 2019 Roadways become congested, waterways overfished and slices of electromagnetic spectrum crowded into uselessness, to the detriment of total social welfare. The Economist, "The alternatives to privatisation and nationalisation," 12 Sep. 2019 Because waxy potatoes are relatively low in starch and high in moisture, their cells stay intact when they’re cooked, meaning that slices or cubes hold up when boiled or baked. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "WTF Is a "Waxy" Potato?," 12 Sep. 2019 That means increasingly large slices of a family's income are being diverted to monthly mortgage repayments, or to meet home downpayments. chicagotribune.com, "The unlikely Chinese cities where house prices rival London," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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