from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Slates for covering roofs, walls, or other surfaces.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The operation of covering roofs with slates.
  • noun A roofing of slates.
  • noun Slates taken collectively; the material for slating: as, the whole slating of a house.
  • noun A liquid preparation for coating blackboards so that they may be marked upon with chalk or steatite: generally called liquid slating. Such preparations are better than oil-paint, as they do not glaze the surface.
  • noun Baiting.
  • noun An unsparing criticism; a severe reprimand.

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

  • noun The act of covering with slate, slates, or a substance resembling slate; the work of a slater.
  • noun Slates, collectively; also, material for slating.

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

  • verb Present participle of slate.
  • noun Slates collectively.
  • noun Material for slating.
  • noun informal A harsh criticism.

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

  • noun the act of laying slates for a roof
  • noun a severely critical attack
  • noun thin layers of rock used for roofing


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