from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A narrow strip of metal or wood, as in a Venetian blind.
  • n. A movable auxiliary airfoil running along the leading edge of the wing of an airplane.
  • n. Slang The ribs.
  • transitive v. To provide or make with slats: slatting the back of a chair.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thin, narrow strip or bar of wood or metal.
  • n. A moveable control surface at the leading edge of a wing that when moved, changes the chord line of the airfoil, affecting the angle of attack. Employed in conjunction with flaps to allow for a lower stall speed in the landing attitude, facilitating slow flight.
  • v. To construct or provide with slats.
  • v. To slap; to strike; to beat; to throw down violently.
  • v. To split; to crack.
  • v. To set on; to incite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thin, narrow strip or bar of wood or metal.
  • transitive v. To slap; to strike; to beat; to throw down violently.
  • transitive v. To split; to crack.
  • transitive v. To set on; to incite. See 3d Slate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To throw or cast down violently or carelessly; jerk.
  • To strike; knock; beat; bang.
  • To flap violently, as the sails when blown adrift in a violent wind, or when in a calm the motion of the ship strikes them against the masts and rigging.
  • Same as slate.
  • To split; crack.
  • n. A thin flat stone, or piece of stone, especially a piece of slate; a slate; a stone tile. See slate.
  • n. A thin slab or veneer of stone sometimes used to face rougher stonework or brickwork.
  • n. A long narrow strip or slip of wood.
  • n. In carriage-building, one of the thin strips of wood or iron used to form the ribs of the top or canopy of a buggy, carryall, or rockaway, or to form the bottom of a wagonbody.
  • n. One of the radial strips used in forming the bottom of a wicker basket.
  • n. plural Dark-blue ooze, rather hard, left dry by the ebb of the sea.
  • Made of slats.
  • An abbreviation of south latitude.
  • n. A sudden flap or slap; a sharp blow or stroke.
  • n. A spot; stain.
  • n. A spent salmon, or one that has spawned.
  • n. A green sheepskin, with the wool removed, which has been dried in the sun.

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

  • v. close the slats of (windows)
  • v. equip or bar with slats
  • n. a thin strip (wood or metal)


Middle English sclat, from Old French esclat, splinter, probably of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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