Slave coast
Slave Slave (sl[=a]v), n. [Cf. F. esclave, D. slaaf, Dan. slave, sclave, Sw. slaf, all fr. G. sklave, MHG. also slave, from the national name of the Slavonians, or Sclavonians (in LL. Slavi or Sclavi), who were frequently made slaves by the Germans. See {Slav}.] 1. A person who is held in bondage to another; one who is wholly subject to the will of another; one who is held as a chattel; one who has no freedom of action, but whose person and services are wholly under the control of another. [1913 Webster]

Art thou our slave, Our captive, at the public mill our drudge? --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. One who has lost the power of resistance; one who surrenders himself to any power whatever; as, a slave to passion, to lust, to strong drink, to ambition. [1913 Webster]

3. A drudge; one who labors like a slave. [1913 Webster]

4. An abject person; a wretch. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Slave ant} (Zo["o]l.), any species of ants which is captured and enslaved by another species, especially {Formica fusca} of Europe and America, which is commonly enslaved by {Formica sanguinea}.

{Slave catcher}, one who attempted to catch and bring back a fugitive slave to his master.

{Slave coast}, part of the western coast of Africa to which slaves were brought to be sold to foreigners.

{Slave driver}, one who superintends slaves at their work; hence, figuratively, a cruel taskmaster.

{Slave hunt}. (a) A search after persons in order to reduce them to slavery. --Barth. (b) A search after fugitive slaves, often conducted with bloodhounds.

{Slave ship}, a vessel employed in the slave trade or used for transporting slaves; a slaver.

{Slave trade}, the business of dealing in slaves, especially of buying them for transportation from their homes to be sold elsewhere.

{Slave trader}, one who traffics in slaves. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Bond servant; bondman; bondslave; captive; henchman; vassal; dependent; drudge. See {Serf}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Slave Coast — The Slave Coast is the name of the coastal areas of present Togo, Benin (formerly Dahomey) and western Nigeria, a fertile region of coastal Western Africa along the Bight of Benin. In the pre colonial time it was one of the most densely populated …   Wikipedia

  • Slave Coast — /ˈsleɪv koʊst/ (say slayv kohst) noun the coast of western equatorial Africa, north of the Gulf of Guinea and between the Benin and Volta rivers; a centre of slave traffic, from the 16th to 19th centuries …   Australian English dictionary

  • Slave Coast — the coast of W equatorial Africa, between the Benin and Volta rivers: a center of slavery traffic 16th 19th centuries. * * * ▪ region, West Africa       in 18th and 19th century history, the section of the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, in Africa,… …   Universalium

  • Slave Coast — the coast of W equatorial Africa, between the Benin and Volta rivers: a center of slavery traffic 16th 19th centuries. * * * a part of the west coast of Africa, between the Volta River and Mount Cameroon, from which slaves were exported in the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Slave Coast — geographical name region W Africa bordering on Bight of Benin between Benin & Volta rivers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • SLAVE COAST —    name given to the Bight of Benin, in West Africa, from Lagos to the Volta River …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Slave Coast — West African coastal area of Togo, Dahomey, and Nigeria …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Slave ship — Slave ships were cargo ships specially converted for the purpose of transporting slaves, especially newly purchased African slaves. The most important routes of the slave ships led from the northern and middle coasts of Africa to South America… …   Wikipedia

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