Slaty Slat"y, a. [From {Slate}.] Resembling slate; having the nature, appearance, or properties, of slate; composed of thin parallel plates, capable of being separated by splitting; as, a slaty color or texture. [1913 Webster]

{Slaty cleavage} (Min.), cleavage, as of rocks, into thin leaves or plates, like those of slate; -- applied especially to those cases in which the planes of cleavage are not parallel to the planes of stratification. It is now believed to be caused by the compression which the strata have undergone.

{Slaty gneiss} (Min.), a variety of gneiss in which the scales of mica or crystals of hornblende, which are usually minute, form thin lamin[ae], rendering the rock easily cleavable. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • slaty — [slāt′ē] adj. slatier, slatiest 1. of or like slate 2. having the bluish gray color of slate …   English World dictionary

  • slaty — adjective of the color of slate or granite the slaty sky of dawn • Syn: ↑slate grey, ↑slate gray, ↑slaty grey, ↑slaty gray, ↑slatey, ↑stone grey, ↑stone gray …   Useful english dictionary

  • slaty — also slatey adjective Date: circa 1529 of, containing, or characteristic of slate; also gray like slate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • slaty — slatiness, n. /slay tee/, adj., slatier, slatiest. 1. consisting of, resembling, or pertaining to slate. 2. having the color of slate. [1520 30; SLATE1 + Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • slaty — adjective Resembling the mineral slate …   Wiktionary

  • slaty — a. Laminated, laminar, schistous, schistose …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • slaty — slat•y [[t]ˈsleɪ ti[/t]] adj. slat•i•er, slat•i•est 1) consisting of or resembling slate 2) having the color of slate • Etymology: 1520–30 slat′i•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • slaty — /ˈsleɪti/ (say slaytee) adjective (slatier, slatiest) 1. consisting of, resembling, or relating to slate. 2. slate coloured. {slat(e)1 + y1} …   Australian English dictionary

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