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

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The duo quickly replaced the slurry with an even better mixture. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Aviation Became Firefighters' Best Friend—And Then Their Worst Enemy," 2 Dec. 2016 Lahar is described as flow of pyroclastic material and slurry. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Guatemala volcano eruption kills at least 65, forces thousands to evacuate," 2 Oct. 2018 The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection at times uses modified DC-10s that can drop 12,000 gallons (45,424 liters) of slurry, 12 times the amount carried by its standard smaller air tanker. Lindsay Whitehurst, The Seattle Times, "APNewsBreak: Utah firefighter died after plane made drop," 20 Aug. 2018 Scott believed that Genzyme had misrepresented its approved use by suggesting it could also be crunched up and inserted as a slurry into wounds. Vicky Ward, Town & Country, "The Bizarre Scandal That Brought Down General David Petraeus," 29 Nov. 2016 Environmental agencies on Friday were investigating why workers at a construction site were pumping a slurry of water and sediment directly into the Chicago River, creating a cloudy plume beneath the Randolph Street bridge. Peter Kendall,, "Caught on camera: Worker pumps slurry into Chicago River, and now regulators are investigating," 15 June 2018 And it was built on a former lime slurry disposal pit that now includes a pond and other landscaping. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Glenn Rieder brings a new manufacturing facility to an old-school industrial area in West Allis," 22 June 2018 In late 2000, a Massey coal slurry reservoir collapsed, destroying everything in a 70-mile path in what was then the worst U.S. environmental disaster. Steven Mufson, Washington Post, "Spurned by Trump and GOP, coal baron Don Blankenship seeks a second chance in West Virginia," 22 May 2018 Hilda Lopez said her mother and sister were still missing after the slurry of hot gas, ash and rock roared into her village of San Miguel Los Lotes, just below the mountain's flanks. Sonia Perez D., Fox News, "Only a few of Guatemala volcano's dead have been identified," 5 June 2018

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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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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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