\ ˈslīs How to pronounce slice (audio) \
sliced; slicing

Definition of slice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cut with or as if with a knife
2 : to stir or spread with a slice
3 : to hit (a ball) so that a slice results
4 : interpret, construe used in phrases like any way you slice it

intransitive verb

1 : to slice something
2 : to move with a cutting action the ship sliced through the waves



Definition of slice (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a thin flat piece cut from something
b : a wedge-shaped piece (as of pie or cake)
2 : a spatula for spreading paint or ink
3 : a serving knife with wedge-shaped blade a fish slice
4 : a flight of a ball that deviates from a straight course in the direction of the dominant hand of the player propelling it also : a ball following such a course — compare hook

Other Words from slice


sliceable \ ˈslī-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce slice (audio) \ adjective
slicer noun

Synonyms for slice

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of slice in a Sentence

Verb She sliced the lemon in half. He sliced open his finger while cleaning the fish. The knife sliced through the cake easily. Noun thin slices of roast beef The Fourth of July parade was a real slice of Americana. He hit a slice into the right rough. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Imagine trying to slice up that bad boy for a summer picnic. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 12 May 2022 Chris Kreider, Artemi Panarin, and Adam Fox can slice up teams on the power play, and Igor Shesterkin might be a runaway Vezina winner. Matt Porter,, 30 Apr. 2022 The vendor will slice open the bag of chips, layer on your toppings with plenty of salsa and lime, and hand it to you to eat right out of the bag. Bon Appétit, 19 Apr. 2022 At the end of the day, do man and woman not slice alike? Amelia Tait, Wired, 28 Dec. 2021 Sanchez said that could include pulla, the cardamom bread; korvapuusti, cardamom-cinnamon roll; and nisu, cardamom egg bread to slice thick, butter and grill, and serve with jam. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Apr. 2022 Co-developed with Mercedes Benz, the Japanese tire maker created a unique 185/65 R 20 97 T Turanza eco tire boasting large diameter and narrow tread that helps the car to slice through the air and generate the record-breaking range. Peter Lyon, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Cooking a day ahead and letting the meat and juices chill overnight makes the brisket easier to trim and slice. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Apr. 2022 Compounding the wildfire threat, a fast-moving cold front is expected to slice across the critically outlooked area near sunset. NBC News, 12 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pizza by the slice is topped with cheese or cheese and pepperoni and a special offering. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 13 May 2022 Serve it during your early afternoon meal, as the name implies, or for dinner followed by a thick slice of carrot cake. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 15 Apr. 2022 This pizzeria with counter service sells full pies or pizza by the slice, along with a craft beer selection. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Mar. 2022 Afanasieva and her employees spent day and night baking and decorating miniature cheesecakes, which customers buy by the jar, by the slice or in six-packs. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 The by-the-slice pizza joint will offer memberships for $5 per month in exchange for discounted meals and $1 deals across the restaurant's whole menu. Garrett Moore, Arkansas Online, 25 Feb. 2022 Laika serves cheesecakes whole, by the slice or in reusable glass jars. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Feb. 2022 Guests then had the opportunity to cleanse their palates with lemon sorbet served in a crystal goblet and garnished by a slice of blood orange. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 23 Feb. 2022 Our analysis shows that public activity is focused on a far narrower set of pages and groups, frequented by a much thinner slice of users. Matthew Hindman, The Atlantic, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of slice


1551, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slice


Middle English sklicen, from Anglo-French esclicer to splinter, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German slīzan to tear apart — more at slit


Middle English sclise, slise, from Anglo-French esclice splinter, from esclicer

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More Definitions for slice


\ ˈslīs How to pronounce slice (audio) \
sliced; slicing

Kids Definition of slice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cut with or as if with a knife
2 : to cut into thin flat pieces I sliced a tomato.



Kids Definition of slice (Entry 2 of 2)

: a thin flat piece cut from something a slice of bread

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