from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A depression or hollow, usually filled with deep mud or mire.
- n. A stagnant swamp, marsh, bog, or pond, especially as part of a bayou, inlet, or backwater.
- n. A state of deep despair or moral degradation.
- n. The dead outer skin shed by a reptile or amphibian.
- n. Medicine A layer or mass of dead tissue separated from surrounding living tissue, as in a wound, sore, or inflammation.
- n. An outer layer or covering that is shed.
- intransitive v. To be cast off or shed; come off: The snake's skin sloughs off.
- intransitive v. To shed a slough.
- intransitive v. Medicine To separate from surrounding living tissue. Used of dead tissue.
- transitive v. To discard as undesirable or unfavorable; get rid of: slough off former associates.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The skin shed by a snake or other reptile.
- n. Dead skin on a sore or ulcer.
- v. To shed (skin).
- v. To discard.
- n. A muddy or marshy area.
- n. A type of swamp or shallow lake system, typically formed as or by the backwater of a larger waterway, similar to a bayou with trees.
- n. A secondary channel of a river delta, usually flushed by the tide.
- n. A state of depression.
- n. A small pond, often alkaine, many but not all are formed by glacial potholes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Slow.
- n. A place of deep mud or mire; a hole full of mire.
- n. A wet place; a swale; a side channel or inlet from a river.
- imp. of slee, to slay. Slew.
- n. The skin, commonly the cast-off skin, of a serpent or of some similar animal.
- n. The dead mass separating from a foul sore; the dead part which separates from the living tissue in mortification.
- intransitive v. To form a slough; to separate in the form of dead matter from the living tissues; -- often used with off, or away
- transitive v. To cast off; to discard as refuse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hole full of deep mud or mire; a quagmire of considerable depth and comparatively small extent of surface.
- n. (slö), A marshy hollow; a reedy pond; also, a long shallow ravine, or open creek, which becomes partly or wholly dry in summer.
- n. Synonyms Swamp, etc. See marsh.
- n. The skin of a serpent, usually the cast skin; also, any part of an animal that is naturally shed or molted; a cast; an exuvium.
- n. In pathology, a dead part of tissue which separates from the surrounding living tissue, and is cast off in the act of sloughing.
- n. A husk.
- To come off as a slough: often with off.
- To cast off a slough.
- To cast off as a slough; in pathology, to throw off, as a dead mass from an ulcer or a wound.
- A Middle English variant of slow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stagnant swamp (especially as part of a bayou)
- n. any outer covering that can be shed or cast off (such as the cast-off skin of a snake)
- n. a hollow filled with mud
- v. cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers
- n. necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass
On Mitchell Slough, a part of the Bitterroot River, the billionaire discount broker Charles Schwab and the singer Huey Lewis have banded together with other landowners to argue that the slough is actually an irrigation ditch and shouldn't be open to the public.
We had a small stream, which we called a slough, that ran behind our house.
And, the B7 line, once it's on the other side of the slough, is measurably further away from wetlands and sensitive areas as well.
Trouble was there was a slight slough from a pond right up to the fence.
The Bitterroot River Protection Association says the slough is free flowing, which under Montana law would make it open to the public.
The slough was a large shallow embayment and a quiet water estuary with little tidal influence.
Among the most abundant shorebirds in the slough are the western sandpiper, least sandpiper, marbled godwit, dowitchers, willet, American avocet, black-bellied plover, sanderling and long-billed curlew.
Like another genius it had taken possession of him and led him through what Jewdwine had called the slough of journalism, so that he went with fine fastidious feet, choosing the clean places in that difficult way.
What are termed slough soils in the Western prairies, therefore, are not well fitted for the growth of alfalfa.
And when drained it will not grow with normal vigor, on what may be termed slough soils, where the subsoil is far down and covered with a deep covering of vegetable mold.