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

López’s restaurants are as sharp and precise as the knives Kazuki Takubo, Misaki’s chef, uses to slice fish. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "One of Mexico City’s Hottest Restaurant Groups Fuses Mexican and Japanese Influences," 29 June 2019 Using his katana and time powers, Zero explores a linear neo-noir world, slicing through his enemies, reflecting bullets, and avoiding obstacles. Matthew Gault, Time, "The Best Video Games of 2019 (So Far)," 26 June 2019 All modern carnivores—including cats, dogs, racoons, wolves, and bears—have one pair of these meat-slicing teeth. Matthew Borths, National Geographic, "This new species of ancient carnivore was bigger than a polar bear," 18 Apr. 2019 Clipped into her bike, Fursteneau tapped into a social network thousands of women strong that sliced through the stay-at-home mom isolation slowly taking over her psyche. Leah Groth, Glamour, "Peloton’s Online Community Is Changing the Fitness Game for Moms," 9 Apr. 2019 Along the way, the bread is covered in sauce, sliced-to-order pickles, tomatoes, onions, lettuce and cheese. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Six things to know about Creator, San Francisco’s new burger robot restaurant," 27 June 2018 Seafarer effortlessly sliced through the Omega-3 oils while adding a bright, zesty note to this rich fish. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "In historic first, San Diego's SouthNorte partners with Tijuana brewery," 21 June 2018 Javier felt a white-hot pain slicing through his body. Cincinnati.com, "Aftermath: 'You're going back to East Oakland'," 4 June 2018 Sit at the lunch counter, open since 1933, and get the house-made, thin-sliced, warm West Side specialty on soft rye with mustard, pickle, lettuce and tomato. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Sandwiches, soups, salads and more: 20 ideas for what to eat for lunch," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Peel back the parchment and cut the cake into thick slices with a serrated knife. Lisa Yockelson, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: In New England, a blueberry cake on the kitchen counter is a treasured summer moment," 1 July 2019 Transfer the steak to a cutting board and cut across the grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Ben Mims, latimes.com, "Szechuan Chile Hanger Steak," 26 June 2019 Meanwhile, stack several of the kale leaves and cut into whisker-thin slices. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "Four recipes to celebrate the in-season, in-the-moment kale," 20 June 2019 But for a specific slice of the population, the two places are looking increasingly similar. Christine Zhang, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore's white population swells with millennials, resembling D.C., Brooklyn," 20 June 2019 Amazon, Google, and Facebook are battling for a slice of the payment sector in India, and Facebook is working on a cryptocurrency product that could potentially be used for commerce and remittances. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "The IMF is worried that big tech could make the financial system less stable," 10 June 2019 When it's done cooking, transfer it to a plate, or cut it up into slices and store it up for later. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "I'm Declaring 2019 the Year of the Frittata—Here's How I Got Here and How You Can Too," 7 Feb. 2019 Maybe that’s not a typical slice of Americana, but Jarmusch has never been much for realism. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Indie Focus: The mournful zombie comedy of ‘The Dead Don’t Die’," 14 June 2019 The shop will offer ice-cream sandwiches and cookies, brownies and cake slices, all sourced from local bakeries. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Notorious Creamery ice cream shop from rapper Tory Lanez opening June 15 in Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village," 11 June 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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