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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of slate.
  • n. Slates collectively.
  • n. Material for slating.
  • n. A harsh criticism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Baiting.
  • n. An unsparing criticism; a severe reprimand.
  • n. The operation of covering roofs with slates.
  • n. A roofing of slates.
  • n. Slates taken collectively; the material for slating: as, the whole slating of a house.
  • n. 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.

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

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


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