Slay Slay, v. t. [imp. {Slew}; p. p. {Slain}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slaying}.] [OE. slan, sl?n, sleen, slee, AS. sle['a]n to strike, beat, slay; akin to OFries. sl[=a], D. slaan, OS. & OHG. slahan, G. schlagen, Icel. sl[=a], Dan. slaae, Sw. sl?, Goth. slahan; perhaps akin to L. lacerare to tear to pieces, Gr. ????, E. lacerate. Cf. {Slaughter}, {Sledge} a hammer, {Sley}.] To put to death with a weapon, or by violence; hence, to kill; to put an end to; to destroy. [1913 Webster]

With this sword then will I slay you both. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

I will slay the last of them with the sword. --Amos ix. 1. [1913 Webster]

I'll slay more gazers than the basilisk. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To kill; murder; slaughter; butcher. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • slain — (adj.) early 13c., from O.E. (ge)slegen, pp. of slean (see SLAY (Cf. slay)). The noun meaning those who have been slain is attested from mid 14c …   Etymology dictionary

  • slain — slain; slain·te; …   English syllables

  • slain — [sleın] the past participle of ↑slay …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • slain — the past participle of slay …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • slain — (slay) sleɪn v. kill, murder, slaughter; destroy, exterminate; overwhelm, captivate (Slang) sleɪn adj. killed, murdered sleɪ v. kill, murder, slaughter; destroy, exterminate; overwhelm, captivate (Slang) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • slain — [slān] vt. pp. of SLAY …   English World dictionary

  • slain — [[t]sle͟ɪn[/t]] Slain is the past participle of slay …   English dictionary

  • slain — /sleɪn / (say slayn) verb 1. past participle of slay. –phrase 2. slain in the spirit, undergoing a charismatic experience in which the body appears to collapse …   Australian English dictionary

  • slain — past participle of slay …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • slain — /slayn/, v. pp. of slay. * * * …   Universalium

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