slurry

noun
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)

slurry

verb
slurried; slurrying

Definition of slurry (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to convert into a slurry

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The company also broke ground on a new slurry injection facility near Big Spring, Texas. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Milestone to expand oilfield wastewater disposal services in Permian Basin," 26 June 2019 The second phase of work will be slurry sealing later this summer. Pomerado News, "Repairs will affect part of Pomerado Road," 8 June 2019 But this still couldn't explain the unusual excess of potassium in the diamond's salty slurries, Förster says. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Earth's seafloor may be destined to become diamonds," 30 May 2019 The plastic fragments that make up the patches’ confetti-like slurry, Pedrotti says, harbor large quantities of bacteria from the genus Vibrio, which includes human pathogens like cholera. Quanta Magazine, "On Waste Plastics at Sea, She Finds Unique Microbial Multitudes," 13 Sep. 2018 Joe Tracz’s script short-hands pretty much every plot point, leaving the audience straining to keep up in a slurry of gods and demigods. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: ‘The Lightning Thief’ strikes out, but performances shine," 20 June 2019 Gross injected newborn mice with a slurry of ground-up mouse organs that were known to have leukemia and found that the mice also grew tumors. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Woman Who Revealed the Missing Link Between Viruses and Cancer," 17 June 2019 In the decades since then, aerial firefighting has grown in predictable ways, Crop dusters have transformed into air tankers, slapdash slurries have become researched scientific recipes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Aviation Became Firefighters' Best Friend—And Then Their Worst Enemy," 2 Dec. 2016 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

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First Known Use of slurry

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slurry

Noun

Middle English slory

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slurry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slurry

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

slurry

noun
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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