American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal A large amount or number; a lot: a slew of unpaid bills.
- v. Past tense of slay.
- n. Variant of slough1.
- v. Variant of slue1.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. US A large amount.
- n. The act, or process of slaying.
- n. A device used for slaying.
- n. A change of position.
- v. transitive, nautical To rotate or turn something about its axis.
- v. transitive To veer a vehicle.
- v. transitive To insert extra ticks or skip some ticks of a clock to slowly correct its time.
- v. intransitive To pivot.
- v. intransitive To skid.
- v. transitive, rail transport to move something (usually a railway line) sideways
- v. transitive, UK, slang To make a public mockery of someone through insult or wit.
- v. Simple past of slay.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. turn sharply; change direction abruptly
- v. move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner
- n. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
- In all senses, a mostly British spelling of slue. (Wiktionary)
- Irish Gaelic sluagh, multitude, from Old Irish slúag. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Near faint at the thought, a certain slew of words had the effect of smelling salts and I perked right up.”
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“I called a slew of people, no one around, or no one doing anything, people hanging out, being mellow, waiting for the next night.”
“It was so controversial among his party that Tom DeLay had to break a slew of ethics rules and hold a 15-minute vote open for more than three hours to pass the legislation.”
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“After remarking the candles and lamps, and perfumes and ointments, he approached the slave, and with a blow of his sword slew him; he then carried him on his back, and threw him into a well which he found in the palace, and returning to the kubbeh, clad himself with the slaves clothes, and lay down with the drawn sword by his side.”
“My father the deacon used to say, the penny siller slew mair souls than the naked sword slew bodies. '”
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