American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Smooth, glossy, and slippery: sidewalks slick with ice. See Synonyms at sleek.
- adj. Deftly executed; adroit: "as slick as a sonnet, but as dull as ditch water” ( Tallulah Bankhead).
- adj. Shrewd; wily.
- adj. Superficially attractive or plausible but lacking depth or soundness: a slick writing style. See Synonyms at glib.
- n. A smooth or slippery surface or area.
- n. A floating film of oil.
- n. A trail of floating material: a garbage slick.
- n. An implement used to make a surface slick, especially a chisel used for smoothing and polishing.
- n. Informal A magazine, usually of large popular readership, printed on high-quality glossy paper.
- n. A racing automobile tire with a smooth tread.
- n. Slang An unarmed military aircraft, especially a helicopter.
- v. To make smooth, glossy, or oily.
- v. Informal To make neat, trim, or tidy: slicked themselves up for the camera.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See sleek.
- n. In metallurgy, ore in a state of fine subdivision: as sometimes used, nearly synonymous with slimes. The term is rarely employed, except in books describing German processes of smelting, and then as the equivalent of the German schlich, and often in that spelling.
- adj. Slippery due to a covering of liquid; often used to describe appearances.
- adj. Appearing expensive or sophisticated.
- adj. Superficially convincing but actually untrustworthy.
- adj. Clever, making an apparently hard task easy; often used sarcastically.
- adj. US, West Coast slang Extraordinarily great or special.
- n. A covering of liquid, particularly oil.
- n. sports, automotive A tire with a smooth surface instead of a tread pattern, often used in auto racing.
- n. US, military slang A helicopter.
- n. printing A camera-ready image to be used by a printer. The "slick" is photographed to produce a negative image which is then used to burn a positive offset plate or other printing device.
- n. A wide paring chisel used in joinery.
- v. To make slick
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Sleek; smooth.
- v. To make sleek or smoth.
- n. (Joinery) A wide paring chisel.
- n. A slick, or smooth and slippery, surface or place; a sleek.
- n. a magazine printed on good quality paper
- v. give a smooth and glossy appearance
- adj. having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light
- n. a slippery smoothness
- n. a film of oil or garbage floating on top of water
- n. a trowel used to make a surface slick
- adj. marked by skill in deception
- v. make slick or smooth
- adj. made slick by e.g. ice or grease
- adj. having only superficial plausibility
- Middle English slike, from Old English *slice. V., Middle English sliken, from Late Old English -slīcian, -slȳcian (in nīgslȳcod, freshly smoothed). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“People use the term "slick" as if it were something other than a positive thing, but in the singing of Ann Hampton Callaway, slickness, along with amazing time and wonderful chops, is a virtue.”
“The average mako cruising into a slick is about 80 pounds, but adults occasionally show up.”
“The old standards (Kill Dr. Lucky, Bring Me the Brain) are back in slick full color editions.”
“As the oil slick from the recent offshore oil rig disaster makes its way to Gulf Coast shores - expected to devastate the precious ecosystem and hurt struggling businesses - the seeds of political fallout for the Obama administration are beginning to sprout.”
“But you wouldn't know it from his constant appearances at political rallies and in slick, 10-minute television ads ahead of a presidential election Sunday.”
“The Studded Kling-On soles do well in slick conditions, but for the Salmon I think you really want to go with the Studded Rubber soles we offer.”
“Who's President while this evil oil slick from the evil oil empire is devouring our gulf coast??”
“Washington (CNN) – As the oil slick from the recent offshore oil rig disaster makes its way to Gulf Coast shores - expected to devastate the precious ecosystem and hurt struggling businesses - the seeds of political fallout for the Obama administration are beginning to sprout.”
“(CNN) - President Barack Obama traveled to Louisiana on Sunday to see for himself the growing oil slick from a damaged offshore well that threatens the U.S. Gulf Coast.”
“(Go to google and type in slick trick broadheads and look at some of the pictures of the entry and exit holes).”
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