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 Early season storms typically sweep a slurry of debris into rivers, creeks and bays. Anna Buchmann,, "Bay Briefing: Cancel Thanksgiving or pay price by Christmas, health officials warn," 19 Nov. 2020 Some community leaders, however, have criticized the city for spending much of its road repair money on short-term fixes like slurry seal instead of on more aggressive repaving projects. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego accelerates road repair during pandemic," 17 Oct. 2020 Duffy said slurry and water would be piped to settling ponds for treatment and water would be cleansed to meet state standards before discharged back into the straits. John Fleshier, Detroit Free Press, "Enbridge plans to drill oil pipeline under Straits of Mackinac come under fire," 30 Sep. 2020 Today, however, several million cows are packed into massive feedlots in the southern Central Valley, their waste often concentrated in open-air liquid manure lagoons, ready to be swept away and blended into a fecal slurry. Tom Philpott, Wired, "The Biblical Flood That Will Drown California," 29 Aug. 2020 In the early days of the 20th century, workers cooked sugar, corn syrup, marshmallow and other ingredients into a slurry in large kettles and then poured the warm mixture by hand into cornstarch trays imprinted with the kernel shape. Brandon Griggs And Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Ick or treat? 7 strange facts about candy corn," 31 Oct. 2020 Once the venom has liquefied the prey’s internal organs, the crustacean can slurp the slurry from their victim’s exoskeleton, like juice from a juice box. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "14 Fun Facts About Frightening Animals," 30 Oct. 2020 Burchett, 42, had been battling the massive Mendocino Complex on Aug. 13, 2018 in Lake County when the plane released the slurry above him, despite safety protocols recommending that fire personnel retreat from drop zones. Matthias Gafni,, "Exclusive: Firefighting tactics went wrong in death of contractor, near-fatal injury to inmate," 25 Oct. 2020 Sand from the lagoon will be piped in a slurry under the Carlsbad Boulevard bridge and spread on the beach below the seawall from Pine Avenue south to the cliffs below the power plant, MacLaggan said. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carlsbad lagoon dredging starts soon," 19 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Farmland above the mines is contaminated by runoff from waste piles and slurry lagoons. Michael Hawthorne,, "Gov. J.B. Pritzker vows to fight climate change with clean energy. Only three other states mined more climate-changing coal than Illinois last year.," 2 Oct. 2020 The mine’s tailings include a wet, siltlike slurry and dry, sandlike grains. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Industrial waste can turn planet-warming carbon dioxide into stone," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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28 Nov 2020

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“Slurry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of slurry

: a thick mixture of water and another substance (such as mud or lime)


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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