from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or process of casting or shedding the skin, shell, hair, feathers, and the like; a molt; ecdysis.
  • noun The act or process of separation of dead from living tissue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The act of casting off the skin or shell, as do insects and crustaceans; ecdysis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of slough.
  • noun Something sloughed off.
  • noun zoology The act of casting off the skin or shell; ecdysis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the process whereby something is shed


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  • This word is a very common one around my line of work in the oil-feild as we use it, it refers to a condition of a underground formation callled shale, when not drilled correctly it breaks away from the side of the hole sloughs to bottom and causes many problems

    October 4, 2010