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Definition of slime

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : soft moist earth or clay especially : viscous mud
2 : a viscous, glutinous, or gelatinous substance: such as
a : a mucous or mucoid secretion of various animals (such as slugs and catfishes)
b : a product of wet crushing consisting of ore ground so fine as to pass a 200-mesh screen
3 US, informal : a morally repulsive or odious person


slimed; sliming

Definition of slime (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to smear or cover with slime
2 : to remove slime from (something, such as fish for canning)

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Synonyms for slime

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of slime in a Sentence

Noun Green slime covers the surface of the pond. She thinks men are slime.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun She was cloaked in a roomy black button-up and matching pants, layered over a slime tie-dye shirt, and finished with a heavy helping of chunky silver chains. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Demi Lovato Goes Full E-Girl In New Marshmello "Ok To Not Be OK" Music Video," 10 Sep. 2020 Researchers in California have studied the slime that slugs produce. Anchorage Daily News, "A look at the banana slugs that ooze over coastal Alaska," 1 Aug. 2020 This kit will keep the hot tub water crystal clear and the surfaces inside the hot tub free from slippery slime. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "Inflatable hot tubs that bring the spa to your backyard," 26 Aug. 2020 University of Maryland researchers are keeping an eye on the harmful algal blooms (HABs) around western Lake Erie, and last week graded environmental efforts to reduce the ugly, green slime. cleveland, "Good news for Lake Erie walleye fishermen: Cleveland-area fishing report for the weekend of Aug. 21-23, 2020," 21 Aug. 2020 Recent topics included the science of slime and Minecraft math. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Week’s Best Livestream Learning Opportunities," 23 Mar. 2020 Or make suggestions that involve backyard science lessons, making homemade slime to teach chemistry or cooking in the kitchen together. Patrick Connolly,, "8 homeschooling field trip ideas to keep kids engaged," 12 Aug. 2020 Continue to cook, frequently stirring, until all the slime has evaporated. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How to make nopales," 12 Aug. 2020 In addition, kids experienced some other cool activities, including building birdhouses, making glow-in-the-dark stress balls and slime, making no-bake energy balls, and more. cleveland, "Shaker Preservation photo contest winners named: Press Run," 7 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Parents, of course, will smile more sincerely about gifts that have some educational value — or won't slime the carpets or cause some other catastrophic mess. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Shop local for kids: Louisville's 5 best gift ideas for the children in your life," 18 Nov. 2019 Even on its best day, disclosure mostly serves up cheap ammunition for partisans to slime their opponents. Bradley A. Smith, National Review, "Doxxing Trump Donors Is Just the Beginning," 9 Aug. 2019 This time, the mysterious threat appears to be an attack of extraterrestrial cow patties, enormous heaps of foul-smelling gunk that fall out of the sky to slime the characters at random. Justin Chang,, "Mariano Llinás’ ‘La Flor’ is the dazzling, epic centerpiece of Locarno in Los Angeles," 15 June 2018 All over Africa, anyone is free to slime the opposition. The Economist, "How African governments try to control what is said online," 19 Apr. 2018 The media has been in training—and often paid—to slime me and to slander me for years. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Rose McGowan on Her 'Brave' New Book and Surviving the 'Cult of Hollywood'," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of slime


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for slime


Middle English, from Old English slīm; akin to Middle High German slīm slime, Latin limus mud — more at lime

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The first known use of slime was before the 12th century

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16 Sep 2020

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“Slime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of slime

: a thick, slippery liquid
US, informal : a very bad, unpleasant, or dishonest person


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Kids Definition of slime

1 : soft slippery mud
2 : a soft slippery material (as on the skin of a slug or catfish)

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