American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A thick sticky slippery substance.
- n. Biology A mucous substance secreted by certain animals, such as catfishes and slugs.
- n. Soft moist earth; mud.
- n. A slurry containing very fine particulate matter.
- n. Vile or disgusting matter.
- n. Slang A despicable or repulsive person.
- v. To smear with slime.
- v. To remove slime from (fish to be canned, for example).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any soft, ropy, glutinous, or viscous substance. Soft moist earth having an adhesive quality; viscous mud.
- n. Asphalt or bitumen.
- n. A mucous, viscous, or glutinous substance exuded from the bodies of certain animals, notably fishes and mollusks: as, the slime of a snail. In some cases this slime is the secretion of a special gland, and it may on hardening form a sort of operculum. See slime-gland, clausiliumt and hibernaculum, 3 .
- n. Figuratively, anything of a clinging and offensive nature; cringing or fawning words or actions.
- n. In metallurgy, ore reduced to a very fine powder and held in suspension in water, so as to form a kind of thin ore-mud: generally used in the plural. in the slimes the ore is in a state of almost impalpable powder, so that it requires a long time for settling. See
- To cover with or as with slime; make slimy.
- To remove slime from, as fish for canning.
- To become slimy: acquire slime.
- n. Soft, moist earth or clay, having an adhesive quality; viscous mud; any substance of a dirty nature, that is moist, soft, and adhesive; bitumen; mud containing metallic ore, obtained in the preparatory dressing.
- n. Any mucilaginous substance; or a mucus-like substance which exudes from the bodies of certain animals, such as snails or slugs.
- n. figuratively, obsolete Human flesh, seen disparagingly; mere human form.
- n. obsolete = Jew’s slime (bitumen)
- v. transitive To coat with slime.
- v. transitive, figuratively To besmirch or disparage.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Soft, moist earth or clay, having an adhesive quality; viscous mud.
- n. Any mucilaginous substance; any substance of a dirty nature, that is moist, soft, and adhesive.
- n. (Script.), Archaic Bitumen.
- n. (Mining) Mud containing metallic ore, obtained in the preparatory dressing.
- n. (Physiol.) A mucuslike substance which exudes from the bodies of certain animals.
- v. To smear with slime.
- n. any thick, viscous matter
- v. cover or stain with slime
- From Old English slīm, from Proto-Germanic. Cognates include Dutch slijm, German Schleim ("mucus, slime"), also see Latin limus ("mud"), Ancient Greek λίμνη (límnē, "marsh"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English slīm. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I didnt see any strings on the rocket ship, but when you see the plastic slime inching up the ramp toward our crew, you know its a plastic sheet of slime, and the freaky tie-dye technique with the Venus sky is pure 1960s state of the art.”
“They warned the Clinton campaign against engaging in what they called slime politics and Obama told reporters he won't be swift-boated.”
“Now that is what I call a slime-ball but the sheepherders signed a contract knowing the terms.”
“Standing in slime, struggling with machines that don't work, hosted by merchants who don't care -- this isn't fair to the Oregon consumer who just wants to do the right thing.”
“Mr. Wilson, standing butt naked and covered from head to toe in slime before a joint meeting of Congress, should apologise to the President and the American people for his crude and childish behavior.”
“Steele might as well have said “slime is not a crime”.”
“Covered in slime, the pirate fisherman slumps on the ground.”
“Jackson will probably love the chance to be covered in slime!!”
“Game of Life says: repugs constituents as dumber than slime from a hagfish.”
“But saints in slime - ah, that was the everlasting wonder!”
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