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slate

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slate \Slate\ (sl[=a]t), noun [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[imac]zan to slit, G. schleissen. See {Slit}, verb (used with an object), and cf. {Eclat}.]

1. (Min.) An argillaceous rock which readily splits into thin plates; argillite; argillaceous schist.

2. Any rock or stone having a slaty structure.

3. A prepared piece of such stone. Especially: (a) A thin, flat piece, for roofing or covering houses, etc. (b) A tablet for writing upon.

4. An artificial material, resembling slate, and used for the above purposes.

5. A thin plate of any material; a flake. [Obs.]

6. (Politics) A list of candidates, prepared for nomination or for election; a list of candidates, or a programme of action, devised beforehand. [Cant, U.S.] --Bartlett.

{Adhesive slate} (Min.), a kind of slate of a greenish gray color, which absorbs water rapidly, and adheres to the tongue; whence the name.

{Aluminous slate}, or {Alum slate} (Min.), a kind of slate containing sulphate of alumina, -- used in the manufacture of alum.

{Bituminous slate} (Min.), a soft species of sectile clay slate, impregnated with bitumen.

{Hornblende slate} (Min.), a slaty rock, consisting essentially of hornblende and feldspar, useful for flagging on account of its toughness.

{Slate ax} or {Slate axe}, a mattock with an ax end, used in shaping slates for roofs, and making holes in them for the nails.

{Slate clay} (Geol.), an indurated clay, forming one of the alternating beds of the coal measures, consisting of an infusible compound of alumina and silica, and often used for making fire bricks. --Tomlinson.

{Slate globe}, a globe the surface of which is made of an artificial slatelike material.

{Slate pencil}, a pencil of slate, or of soapstone, used for writing on a slate.

{Slate rocks} (Min.), rocks which split into thin laminae, not necessarily parallel to the stratification; foliated rocks.

{Slate spar} (Min.), a variety of calcite of silvery white luster and of a slaty structure.

{Transparent slate}, a plate of translucent material, as ground glass, upon which a copy of a picture, placed beneath it, can be made by tracing.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slate \Slate\, verb (used with an object) [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.

2. To register (as on a slate and subject to revision), for an appointment. [Polit. Cant]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slate \Slate\, verb (used with an object) [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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

slate

noun

1: (formerly) a writing tablet made of slate

2: thin layers of rock used for roofing [syn: {slate}, {slating}]

3: a fine-grained metamorphic rock that can be split into thin layers

4: a list of candidates nominated by a political party to run for election to public offices [syn: {slate}, {ticket}]

verb

1: designate or schedule; "He slated his talk for 9 AM"; "She was slated to be his successor"

2: enter on a list or slate for an election; "He was slated for borough president"

3: cover with slate; "slate the roof"

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