from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One bound in servitude as the property of a person or household.
- n. One who is abjectly subservient to a specified person or influence: "I was still the slave of education and prejudice” ( Edward Gibbon).
- n. One who works extremely hard.
- n. A machine or component controlled by another machine or component.
- intransitive v. To work very hard or doggedly; toil.
- intransitive v. To trade in or transport slaves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who is the property of another person and whose labor and also whose life often is subject to the owner's volition.
- n. A person who is legally obliged by prior contract (oral or written) to work for another, with contractually limited rights to bargain; an indentured servant.
- n. A person who is forced against his/her will to perform, for another person or other persons, sexual acts or other personal services on a regular or continuing basis.
- n. A device that is controlled by another device.
- v. To work hard.
- v. To enslave.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See Slav.
- n. A person who is held in bondage to another; one who is wholly subject to the will of another; one who is held as a chattel; one who has no freedom of action, but whose person and services are wholly under the control of another.
- n. One who has lost the power of resistance; one who surrenders himself to any power whatever.
- n. A drudge; one who labors like a slave.
- n. An abject person; a wretch.
- intransitive v. To drudge; to toil; to labor as a slave.
- transitive v. To enslave.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See Slav.
- n. A person who is the chattel or property of another and is wholly subject to his will; a bond-servant; a serf. See slavery.
- n. One who has lost the power of resistance and is entirely under the influence or domination of some habit or vice: as, a slave to ambition; a slave of drink.
- n. One who labors like a slave; a drudge: as, a slave to the desk.
- n. An abject wretch; a mean, servile person.
- n. In entomology, an insect held captive by or made to work for another, as in some colonies of ants. See slave-making.
- n. Synonyms Serf, Slave (see serf), bondman, thrall. See servitude.
- Performed by slaves: as, slave labor.
- Containing or holding slaves: as, a slave State.
- To work like a slave; toil; drudge: as, to slave night and day for a miserable living.
- To enslave.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who is owned by someone
- v. work very hard, like a slave
- n. someone entirely dominated by some influence or person
- n. someone who works as hard as a slave
Middle English sclave, from Old French esclave, from Medieval Latin sclāvus, from Sclāvus, Slav (from the widespread enslavement of captured Slavs in the early Middle Ages); see Slav.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French sclave, from Medieval Latin sclāvus ("slave"), from Sclāvus ("Slav"), because Slavs were often forced into slavery in the Middle Ages. Compare Byzantine Greek σκλάβος. (Wiktionary)