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See also: Slade and släde




Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English slade (low-lying ground, a valley; a flat grassy area, glade; hollows of clouds; a creek, stream; a channel), from Old English slæd (valley, glade), from Proto-Germanic *sladą (glen, valley), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Proto-Germanic *sladaną (to glide, slip) or Proto-Germanic *sladdaz (to be slack, droop). Compare Old Norse slóð (track, trail).


slade (plural slades)

  1. (now rare or dialectal) A valley, a flat grassy area, a glade.
  2. (obsolete) The sole of a plough.
    • 1945 January 29, “Pattern Prays”, in Time Magazine:
      The Bishop, wearing a gleaming cape of green and gold, raised his hand over the plough and the kneeling farmers: "God speed the plough: the beam and the mouldboard, the slade and the sidecap, the share and the coulters [] in fair weather and foul, in success and disappointment, in rain and wind, or in frost and sunshine. God speed the plough."

Etymology 2Edit


slade (plural slades)

  1. A spade for digging peat.