slate
I. noun Etymology: Middle English sclate, slate, from Anglo-French *esclat, from esclater to splinter, break off, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German zesleizzen, slīzan to tear apart — more at slit Date: 14th century 1. a piece of construction material (as laminated rock) prepared as a shingle for roofing and siding 2. a dense fine-grained metamorphic rock produced by the compression of various sediments (as clay or shale) so as to develop a characteristic cleavage 3. a tablet (as of slate) used for writing on 4. a. a written or unwritten record (as of deeds) <
started with a clean slate
>
b. a list of candidates for nomination or election 5. a. a dark purplish gray b. any of various grays similar in color to common roofing slates • slate adjectiveslatelike adjective II. transitive verb (slated; slating) Date: 15th century 1. to cover with slate or a slatelike substance <
slate a roof
>
2. to designate for a specified purpose or action ; schedule <
was slated to direct the play
>
III. transitive verb (slated; slating) Etymology: probably alteration of 1slat Date: 1825 1. to thrash or pummel severely 2. chiefly British to criticize or censure severely

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Slate — (sl[=a]t), n. [OE. slat, sclat, OF. esclat a shiver, splinter, F. [ e]clat, fr. OF. esclater to shiver, to chip, F. [ e]clater, fr. OHG. sleizen to tear, slit, split, fr. sl[=i]zan to slit, G. schleissen. See {Slit}, v. t., and cf. {Eclat}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slate — Slate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Slated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slating}.] 1. To cover with slate, or with a substance resembling slate; as, to slate a roof; to slate a globe. [1913 Webster] 2. To register (as on a slate and subject to revision), for an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Slate — Slate, v. t. [Cf. AS. sl[=ae]ting a privilege of hunting.] To set a dog upon; to bait; to slat. See 2d {Slat}, 3. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [Written also {slete}.] Ray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • slate — verb. There is an important difference between its meanings on the two sides of the Atlantic. In BrE it means ‘to criticize severely’, whereas in AmE it usually means ‘to nominate’ or ‘to designate or schedule’ (as in slating a meeting). The… …   Modern English usage

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