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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of slat.
  • n. The violent shaking or flapping of anything hanging loose in the wind, as of a sail when being hauled down.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slats, collectively.
  • n. The violent shaking or flapping of anything hanging loose in the wind, as of a sail, when being hauled down.


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  • But he ceased his yelping to listen to a new noise — a thunderous slatting of canvas accompanied by shouts and cries.


  • Again I will wait to hear all the evidence before I go around slatting people. on April 22, 2009 at 3: 30 pm inspectorgadget blueboy - looking at serious time? clearly someone who has not been near a UK Court in the last ten years. guffaw.

    Policeman killed - NO STORY. Woman slapped - BIG STORY. « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • The yacht, completing the manoeuvre, headed into the wind with slatting canvas, and righted to an even keel.

    The King of the Greeks

  • The wind had fallen to a dead calm toward morning, and the Elsinore, her several spread sails booming and slatting, rolled more miserably than ever.


  • Another question should be does the BBC taxpayer really want to be paying for Vaughan Roderick to be slatting other news outlets in Wales and attacking politicians for creating debate?

    The Price Free Press

  • Then the jabbering echoes stampede in the slatting wood

    Edmund Blunden, "Thiepval Wood"

  • Then we saw the yards squared and I saw the sails fill bang up with wind; and yet, you know, ours were slatting.

    The Ghost Pirates

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE, SHARON GRAVELLE'S ATTORNEY: Again, you can see the wood slatting.

    CNN Transcript Nov 15, 2006

  • Angela recognized her venetian blinds slatting the moonlight, the red numbers glowing from the digital clock.

    The Good House

  • The launch must have reached the frigate which was now sheeting home her foresails to turn away from land and the bang had merely been the wind slatting the canvas, but it saved Sharpe's life.

    Sharpe's Prey


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  • "...within the minute there was an all-pervading roar of sails flacking and slatting as they spilt the wind—a horrible sound."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Letter of Marque, 81

    February 29, 2008