from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cut or form by cutting with forceful sweeping strokes: slash a path through the underbrush.
- transitive v. To lash with sweeping strokes.
- transitive v. To make a gash or gashes in.
- transitive v. Sports To swing a stick at (an opponent) in ice hockey or lacrosse, in violation of the rules.
- transitive v. To cut a slit or slits in, especially so as to reveal an underlying color: slash a sleeve.
- transitive v. To criticize sharply: The reviewers slashed the composer's work.
- transitive v. To reduce or curtail drastically: slash prices for a clearance sale.
- intransitive v. To make forceful sweeping strokes with or as if with a sharp instrument.
- intransitive v. To cut one's way with such strokes: We slashed through the dense jungle.
- n. A forceful sweeping stroke made with a sharp instrument.
- n. A long cut or other opening made by such a stroke; a gash or slit.
- n. A decorative slit in a fabric or garment.
- n. Branches and other residue left on a forest floor after the cutting of timber.
- n. Wet or swampy ground overgrown with bushes and trees. Often used in the plural.
- n. Printing A virgule.
- conj. Informal As well as; and. Used in combination and often rendered as a virgule in print: an actor-slash-writer; a waiter/dancer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A swift cut with a blade, particularly with fighting weapons as a sword, saber, knife etc.
- n. A swift striking movement.
- n. The symbol /. Also sometimes known as a forward slash, particularly in computing.
- n. A pee, a trip to the toilet to urinate
- n. Short for slash fiction.
- n. The female genitalia
- n. A quick and hard lateral strike with a hockey stick, usually across the arms or legs.
- n. swampy or wet lands overgrown with bushes
- v. To cut across something with a blade such as knife, sword, scythe etc.
- v. to strike laterally with a hockey stick. usually across the legs or arms
- v. to reduce sharply
- conj. Used to connect two or more identities in a list.
- conj. Used to list alternatives.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cut by striking violently and at random; to cut in long slits.
- transitive v. To lash; to ply the whip to.
- transitive v. To crack or snap, as a whip.
- intransitive v. To strike violently and at random, esp. with an edged instrument; to lay about one indiscriminately with blows; to cut hastily and carelessly.
- n. A long cut; a cut made at random.
- n. A large slit in the material of any garment, made to show the lining through the openings.
- n. Swampy or wet lands overgrown with bushes.
- n. A opening or gap in a forest made by wind, fire, or other destructive agency.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cut with long incisions; gash; slit; slice.
- To cut with a violent sweep; cut by striking violently and at random, as with a sword or an ax.
- To ornament, as a garment, by cutting slits in the cloth, and arranging lining of brilliant colors to be seen underneath.
- To lash.
- To crack or snap, as a whip.
- To strike violently and at random with a cutting instrument; lay about one with sharp blows.
- To cut or move rapidly.
- n. A cut; a gash; a slit.
- n. A random, sweeping cut at something with an edged instrument, as a sword or an ax, or with a whip or switch.
- n. A slit cut in the stuff from which a garment is made, intended to show a different and usually bright-colored material underneath.
- n. Hence A piece of tape or worsted lace placed on the sleeves of non-commissioned officers to distinguish them from privates; a stripe.
- n. A clearing in a wood; any gap or opening in a wood, whether caused by the operations of woodmen or by wind or fire. Compare slashing, 2.
- n. plural Same as slashing, 3.
- n. A wet or swampy place overgrown with bushes: often in the plural.
- n. A mass of coal which has been crushed and shattered by a movement of the earth's crust.
- To work in wet.
- n. A great quantity of broth or similar food.
- n. A wet or marshy linear depression between nearly parallel ridges of dunes on a sand-reef. See the extract.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information
- v. move or stir about violently
- v. cut with sweeping strokes; as with an ax or machete
- v. cut open
- v. cut drastically
- n. a strong sweeping cut made with a sharp instrument
- v. beat severely with a whip or rod
- n. a wound made by cutting
- n. an open tract of land in a forest that is strewn with debris from logging (or fire or wind)
Perhaps from obsolete French esclachier, to break, variant of esclater, from Old French, from esclat, splinter; see slat.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)