slur·​ry | \ ˈslər-ē How to pronounce slurry (audio) , ˈslə-rē \
plural slurries

Definition of slurry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a watery mixture of insoluble matter (such as mud, lime, or plaster of paris)


slurried; slurrying

Definition of slurry (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to convert into a slurry

Examples of slurry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even amid all the devastation wrought by the coal industry in Appalachia — the mountaintop-removal mining, the coal-slurry spills — coal companies have not had to wipe entire towns off the map, as happens in Germany. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, 31 Jan. 2022 Tanker trucks unload a slurry of reeking goo taken from poultry processing plants, pouring the ooze into holding ponds, which emit a sharp, acrid stench that reaches neighbors in Morgan County. Dennis Pillion |, al, 3 Mar. 2022 In a small bowl, make a slurry with cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water. Felicia Campbell, The Arizona Republic, 8 Apr. 2022 An investigation found the company built the dam on top of coal slurry that had been deposited by an earlier dam, then more material went on top of that. John Raby,, 26 Feb. 2022 Opposition to the landfill intensified after the landfill began accepting rail cars full of coal ash slurry from a massive 2008 spill in Kingston, Tenn. Dennis Pillion |, al, 13 Jan. 2022 The nutrients needed to grow animal cells are extremely costly, and bioreactors that can reliably churn out huge quantities of high-quality meat slurry haven’t been built yet. (old) Matt Reynolds, Wired, 13 Dec. 2021 In Seattle and Portland, the strong shaking begins to induce liquefaction,7 a process in which the sandy soil that portions of both cities are built on turns into a thick, slurry-like liquid. Bruce Barcott, Outside Online, 25 Aug. 2011 Repeat with the remaining bean curd sheets, filling and slurry. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of slurry


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slurry


Middle English slory

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“Slurry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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slur·​ry | \ ˈslər-ē, ˈslə-rē How to pronounce slurry (audio) \
plural slurries

Medical Definition of slurry

: a watery mixture of insoluble matter

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