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  • v. Present participle of slap.
  • n. The act of giving a slap or slaps.
  • adj. Very large; whopping.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Very big; great.
  • n. Specifically, in ceramics, the process of preparing clay for the wheel. See wedging, 2.

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  • "'What is that frightful noise, that great resounding crash?'

    "'We call it slapping. Some of our northern ships do it when they stem these short hollow seas. It makes the Mediterranean builders laugh.'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 249

    February 14, 2008