\ 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



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

Other Words from slice


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And then there are federal taxes, which will slice 37% off that cash prize, so that would leave less than $300 million, though state taxes could cut into that amount as well, depending on where the winner lives. Scott Mcfetridge, Chicago Tribune, 25 July 2022 Part of the fun is eating bougie food on paper plates or attempting to slice meat with a plastic knife that will most likely snap in your hand. Jess Lander, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 July 2022 Use a small paring knife to score the mango in a crosshatch pattern; cut all the way to the skin, but don’t slice through it. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 19 July 2022 The blade struggled to get through the top crust, took several passes to slice the bottom crust and smashed the bread along the way. Sarah Wharton, Good Housekeeping, 19 July 2022 Save yourself two hours and some hassle by asking your butcher to thinly slice your pork shoulder. Ben Mimscooking Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 3 July 2022 For that work, a more arduous exercise, he was cocooned in plastic wrap and packing tape and pulled through locations on a loading cart, or placed in a gallery or a public park, after which assistants would slice off his carapace and release him. New York Times, 3 July 2022 When cutting corn kernels from the cob, stand it in a bowl and slice down the cob’s sides; the bowl corrals the flying kernels. Sunset Magazine, 1 July 2022 Thinly slice red onion, jalapeños and radishes, add to a different zip-top bag with sugar and vinegar. Outside Online, 28 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The store’s great selection and frequent tastings have added a lot to the wine scene in this beautiful rural slice of rural Oregon. Liza B. Zimmerman, Forbes, 15 July 2022 In this little-visited slice of Northern California, a mass shooting that occurred nearly five years ago has in some cases left behind battered people who have yet to reckon with its multilayered effects. Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2022 The winner, Mayra Flores, will only serve half a year and will run in a more Democratic district this fall, but there’s no doubting that GOP messaging appeared effective in a bluer slice of what’s still a red state. Alisa Wiersema, ABC News, 15 June 2022 Just beyond the reach of New York City’s frenetic, round-the-clock subway, people in a slice of western Queens wait — and wait — to board one of the borough’s slowest buses. New York Times, 31 May 2022 In this wryly perceptive slice of only slightly exaggerated life, no good deed goes unpunished — or potentially distorted through the lens of bias, self-protection, tribal loyalties or trauma. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 The paved, accessible walkway offers views of the river and its sandstone cliffs in a slice of nature that was not accessible to the public until the first segment opened in 2003. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 But the support is telling: a battle over the soul of the Republican Party is playing out in a slice of northwest Georgia. Nik Popli, Time, 21 Apr. 2022 Working one piece at a time, place the tip of the bag into the slit in the bread slice and fill the bread with about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese, then gently smooth it inside the pocket with your fingers. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of slice


1551, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slice


Middle English sklicen, from Anglo-French esclicer to splinter, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German slīzan to tear apart — more at slit


Middle English sclise, slise, from Anglo-French esclice splinter, from esclicer

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More Definitions for slice


\ 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.



Kids Definition of slice (Entry 2 of 2)

: a thin flat piece cut from something a slice of bread

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