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

  • transitive v. To turn (something) on an axis; rotate: slued the swivel chair around; sluing the boom of a crane.
  • transitive v. To turn sharply; veer: braked and slued the car around.
  • intransitive v. To turn about an axis; pivot.
  • intransitive v. To turn or slide sideways or off course; skid.
  • n. The act of sluing.
  • n. The position to which something has slued.
  • n. Variant of slew1.
  • n. Variant of slough1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To rotate something on an axis.
  • v. To turn something sharply.
  • v. To rotate on an axis; to pivot.
  • v. To slide off course; to skid.
  • n. The act of sluing or the place to which something has slued.
  • n. A slough; a run or wet place.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See sloough, 2.
  • intransitive v. To turn about; to turn from the course; to slip or slide and turn from an expected or desired course; -- often followed by round.
  • transitive v. To turn about a fixed point, usually the center or axis, as a spar or piece of timber; to turn; -- used also of any heavy body.
  • transitive v. In general, to turn about; to twist; -- often used reflexively and followed by round.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, to turn round, as a mast or boom about its axis, without removing it from its place.
  • To turn or twist about: often followed by round and used reflexively.
  • To turn about; turn or swing round: often followed by round.
  • n. The turning of a body upon an axis within its figure: as, he gave his chair a slue to the left.
  • n. A variant spelling (also slew, sloo) of dough in its second pronunciation.
  • n. A considerable quantity: as, if you want wood, there's a slue of it on the pavement.

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

  • v. turn sharply; change direction abruptly
  • v. move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner


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

Origin unknown.



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  • Cool word.

    May 15, 2008

  • "My boat slues around the rushing peaks, her keel clinging to the slopes like a mountain goat, her port side pressed down against the black, rolling ocean."

    --Steven Callahan, Adrift, 29

    May 15, 2008