from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fine-grained metamorphic rock that splits into thin, smooth-surfaced layers.
- n. A piece of this rock cut for use as roofing or surfacing material or as a writing surface.
- n. A writing tablet made of a similar material.
- n. A record of past performance or activity: start over with a clean slate.
- n. A list of the candidates of a political party running for various offices.
- n. A dark or bluish gray to dark bluish or dark purplish gray.
- adj. Made of a fine-grained metamorphic rock: a slate roof.
- adj. Of the color slate.
- transitive v. To cover (a roof, for example) with slate.
- transitive v. To put on a list of candidates.
- transitive v. To schedule or designate: Our professor has slated the art history lecture for Thursday afternoon; was slated to direct the studio's next film.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fine-grained homogeneous sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash which has been metamorphosed so that it cleaves easily into thin layers.
- n. The bluish-grey colour of most slate.
- n. A sheet of slate for writing on with chalk.
- n. A tile made of slate.
- n. A record of money owed.
- n. A list of affiliated candidates for an election.
- adj. Having the bluish-grey/gray colour/color of slate.
- v. To cover with slate.
- v. To criticise harshly.
- v. To schedule.
- v. To destine or strongly expect.
- v. To punish severely.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An argillaceous rock which readily splits into thin plates; argillite; argillaceous schist.
- n. Any rock or stone having a slaty structure.
- n. A prepared piece of such stone.
- n. A thin, flat piece, for roofing or covering houses, etc.
- n. A tablet for writing upon.
- n. An artificial material, resembling slate, and used for the above purposes.
- n. A thin plate of any material; a flake.
- n. A list of candidates, prepared for nomination or for election; a list of candidates, or a programme of action, devised beforehand.
- transitive v. To cover with slate, or with a substance resembling slate
- transitive v. To register (as on a slate and subject to revision), for an appointment.
- transitive v. To set a dog upon; to bait; to slat. See 2d slat, 3.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bait; set a dog loose at.
- To haul over the coals; take to task harshly or rudely; berate; abuse; scold; hold up to ridicule; criticize severely: as, the work was slated in the reviews.
- n. A thin, flat stone or piece of stone; a thin plate or flake. See slat, 1.
- n. Especially A piece or plate of the stone hence called slate. (See def. 3.)
- n. A rock the most striking characteristic of which is its fissile structure, or capability of being easily split or cleft into thin plates of nearly uniform thickness and smooth surfaces.
- n. A preliminary list of candidates prepared by party managers for acceptance by a nominating caucus or convention: so called as being written down, as it were on a slate, and altered or erased like a school-boy's writing.
- n. (which see, under chalk).
- Of the color of slate; slate-colored; of a dark, slightly bluish-gray color of medium luminosity.
- To cover with slate or plates of stone: as, to slate a roof.
- To enter as on a slate; suggest or propose as a candidate by entering the name on the slate or ticket: as, A. B. is already slated for the mayoralty. See I., 4.
- In tanning, to cleanse from hairs, etc., with a slater. See slater, 3.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cover with slate
- n. thin layers of rock used for roofing
- n. (formerly) a writing tablet made of slate
- v. designate or schedule
- n. a fine-grained metamorphic rock that can be split into thin layers
- v. enter on a list or slate for an election
- n. a list of candidates nominated by a political party to run for election to public offices
Middle English sclate, from Old French esclate, splinter, feminine of esclat; see slat.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French esclate (French éclat). (Wiktionary)