From Middle English slate, slat, slatte, sclate, sclatte, from Old French esclate, from esclat (French éclat), from Frankish *slaitan (“to split, break”), from Proto-Germanic *slaitijaną, causative of *slītaną (“to cut up, split”). Doublet of éclat.
- (uncountable, geology) A fine-grained homogeneous sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash which has been metamorphosed so that it cleaves easily into thin layers.
- (uncountable) The bluish-grey colour of most slate.
- (countable) A chalkboard, sheet of slate for writing on with chalk or with a thin rod of slate (a slate pencil) formerly commonly used by both students and teachers in schools
- (countable) A roofing-tile made of slate.
- (countable) A record of money owed.
- Put it on my slate – I’ll pay you next week.
- (countable, chiefly US) A list of affiliated candidates for an election.
- Roy Disney led the alternative slate of directors for the stockholder vote.
- An artificial material resembling slate and used for the same purposes.
- A thin plate of any material; a flake.
- A tablet computer.
- Hearing Steve Ballmer and others talk about the availability of Windows 8 on slates, laptops, netbooks, notebooks, and screens from 7 to 70 inches might lead us to believe that Microsoft is attempting to gain market share solely through […]
- clean slate
- magic slate
- on the slate
- slate-coloured junco
- slate pencil
- wipe the slate clean
- blank slate
slate (not comparable)
- (transitive) To cover with slate.
- The old church ledgers show that the roof was slated in 1775.
- (transitive, chiefly Britain) To criticise harshly.
- The play was slated by the critics.
- (transitive, chiefly US) To schedule.
- The election was slated for November 2nd.
- 2019 October, Tony Miles and Philip Sherratt, “EMR kicks off new era”, in Modern Railways, page 58:
- The Cleethorpes to Barton-on-Humber branch had been slated to transfer from Northern into the East Midlands franchise, but this move is still awaiting a DfT decision.
- (transitive, chiefly US) To anticipate or strongly expect.
- The next version of our software is slated to be the best release ever.
- (transitive, regional) To set a dog upon (a person).
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