From Middle English, from Old French sclave, from Medieval Latin sclāvus (“slave”), from Sclāvus (“Slav”), because Slavs were often forced into slavery in the Middle Ages. Compare Byzantine Greek σκλάβος.
slave (plural slaves)
- A person who is the property of another person and whose labor and also whose life often is subject to the owner's volition.
- A person who is legally obliged by prior contract (oral or written) to work for another, with contractually limited rights to bargain; an indentured servant.
- One who has lost the power of resistance; one who surrenders to something.
- a slave to passion, to strong drink, or to ambition
- A drudge; one who labours like a slave.
- An abject person; a wretch.
- Art thou the slave that with thy breath hast kill'd/ Mine innocent child? Shakespeare. Much Ado About Nothing.
- A person who is forced against his/her will to perform, for another person or other persons, sexual acts or other personal services on a regular or continuing basis.
- (engineering) A device that is controlled by another device.
- indentured servant
- Slave (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia:Slave (disambiguation)
- Slavery on Wikipedia.Wikipedia:Slavery
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.
- (intransitive) To work hard.
- I was slaving all day over a hot stove.
- (transitive) To enslave.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Marston to this entry?)
- (transitive) To place a device under the control of another.
- to slave a hard disk
- 2005, Simon Millward, Fast Guide to Cubase SX (page 403)
- Slaving one digital audio device to another unit using timecode alone results in time-based synchronisation […]
- August 2, 2004, "EE Times: Beware 'zombie' clauses
- “slave, n.1 (and a.)” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary, second edition, 1989
- ^ “slave” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
- ^ “slave” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online
- ^ “slave” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
- ^ Concise Oxford English Dictionary (2008), "slave"
- træl c
- slaveri n
- trælle verb
slave (masculine and feminine, plural slaves)
slave m (uncountable)
- Slavic language
- Avant le IXe siècle, on présume que les Slaves partageaient tous une langue à peu près identique appelée le slave commun, mais aucun écrit avant 860 ne peut le prouver.
- "slave" in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- plural form of
- plural form of
slave f (5th declension)
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