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/skoohth/, n. Scot. scouth. * * *
Skr or Skrt or Skt abbrev. Sanskrit * * * Common Semitic noun *šikar-, intoxicating drink. cider, from Greek sikera, from a Semitic source akin to Hebrew šēkār, Akkadian ...
Skr. abbr. Sanskrit. * * *
Skram, Amalie
▪ Norwegian novelist original name  Amalie Alver  born August 22, 1846, Bergen, Norway died March 15, 1905, Copenhagen, Denmark       novelist, one of the foremost ...
/skreekh/, v.i., v.t., n. Scot. screech. Also, skreigh. * * *
To cut, separate, sift. Extension of sker-1. 1. scribble, scribe, script, scriptorium, Scripture, serif, shrive; ascribe, circumscribe, conscript, describe, festschrift, ...
/skrik/, n. South African. a sudden fright or panic. [1885-90; < Afrik < D schrik fright] * * *
/skree"mir/, n. Scand. Myth. See under Utgard-Loki. * * *
Skrzynecki, Jan Zygmunt
▪ Polish general born Feb. 8, 1787, Zebrak, Bohemia, Austrian Empire died Jan. 12, 1860, Kraków, Pol.       Polish general who organized the Polish army in the ...
Skrzyński, Aleksander
▪ Polish statesman born March 18, 1882, Zagórzany, Galicia, Austria-Hungary died Sept. 25, 1931, Ostrów, Pol.       Polish statesman, foreign minister of Poland in ...
Sanskrit. Also, Skt., Skr., Skrt. * * *
Skt. abbr. Sanskrit. * * *
/skyooh/ Business. stockkeeping unit: a retailer-defined coding system used to distinguish individual items within a retailer's accounting, warehousing, and point-of-sale ...
/skyooh"euh/, n. 1. Also called bonxie. any of several large brown gull-like predatory birds of the genus Catharacta, related to jaegers, esp. C. skua (great skua), of colder ...
/skoold/, n. Scand. Myth. See under Norn. [ < ON, prob. lit. future, homonymous with skuld debt, bondage in payment of debt, deriv. from root of skulu SHALL, must; c. OE scyld, ...
/skul dug"euh ree/, n., pl. skulduggeries. 1. dishonorable proceedings; mean dishonesty or trickery: bribery, graft, and other such skulduggery. 2. an instance of dishonest or ...
—skulker, n. —skulkingly, adv. /skulk/, v.i. 1. to lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason: The thief skulked in the shadows. 2. to move in a stealthy manner; slink: ...
See skulk. * * *
—skull-less, adj. —skull-like, adj. /skul/, n. 1. the bony framework of the head, enclosing the brain and supporting the face; the skeleton of the head. 2. the head as the ...
skull and crossbones
a representation of a front view of a human skull above two crossed bones, originally used on pirates' flags and now used as a warning sign, as in designating substances as ...
skull cult
      veneration of human skulls, usually those of ancestors, by various prehistoric and some modern primitive people. Begun probably as early as the Early Paleolithic ...
skull practice
☆ skull practice or skull session n. Slang 1. a meeting of a sports team with its coaches to discuss plays and strategy 2. any meeting at which ideas, plans, strategies, etc. ...
skull session
1. a meeting for the purpose of discussion, exchange of ideas, solving problems, etc. 2. a meeting held by an athletic coach, as of football, to instruct team members in new ...
skulland crossbones
skull and crossbones n. pl. skulls and crossbones A representation of a human skull above two long crossed bones, a symbol of death once used by pirates and now used as a ...
/skul"kap'/, n. 1. a small, brimless close-fitting cap, often made of silk or velvet, worn on the crown of the head, as for religious functions. 2. the domelike roof of the ...
/skul dug"euh ree/, n., pl. skullduggeries. skulduggery. * * *
skulled (skŭld) adj. Having a skull, especially of a specified type. Often used in combination: broad-skulled. * * *
skull session n. Informal 1. A meeting, as of executives or advisers, for discussing strategy or policy. 2. A meeting of the members of an athletic team for instruction in plays ...
/skungk/, n., pl. skunks, (esp. collectively) skunk, v. n. 1. a small North American mammal, Mephitis mephitis, of the weasel family, having a black coat with a white, V-shaped ...
skunk cabbage
1. a low, fetid, broad-leaved North American plant, Symplocarpus foetidus, of the arum family, having a brownish-purple and green mottled spathe surrounding a stout spadix, ...
Skunk River
▪ river, Iowa, United States       river in central and southeastern Iowa, U.S. It rises in Hamilton county near Webster City as the South Skunk River and flows ...
Skunk Works
1. Trademark. engineering, technical, consulting, and advisory services with respect to designing, building, equipping, and testing commercial and military aircraft and related ...
skunk bear n. See wolverine. * * *
skunk cabbage n. 1. An ill-smelling, eastern North American swamp plant (Symplocarpus foetidus) having minute flowers enclosed in a mottled greenish or purplish spathe. 2. A ...
skunk grape n. See fox grape. * * *
Skunk River (skŭngk) A river, about 425 km (264 mi) long, rising in central Iowa and flowing generally southeast to the Mississippi River. * * *
/skungk"weed'/, n. any of various plants having an unpleasant odor, as the skunk cabbage. [1730-40; SKUNK + WEED1] * * *
skunk·works (skŭngkʹwûrks') pl.n. Slang (used with a sing. verb) A small, loosely structured corporate research and development unit or subsidiary formed to foster ...
—skunkiness, n. /skung"kee/, adj., skunkier, skunkiest. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a skunk: a skunky odor. 2. having a disagreeable or tainted character: beer ...
/skerr"fing/, n. skateboarding. [SK(ATEBOARD) + (S)URFING] * * *
/skut"euh rud'uyt/, n. a mineral, chiefly cobalt and nickel arsenide, (Co,Ni)As3, with some iron, occurring in the form of gray cubic crystals, usually in masses: a source of ...
—skyless, adj. —skylike, adj. /skuy/, n., pl. skies, v. skied or skyed, skying. n. Often, skies (for defs. 1-4). 1. the region of the clouds or the upper air; the upper ...
Sky at Night
a popular British television programme about the stars and planets, broadcast every month by the BBC since 1957. It is well known for the way in which its presenter, Patrick ...
sky blue
—sky-blue, adj. the color of the unclouded sky in daytime; azure. [1720-30] * * *
sky cavalry.
See air cavalry. Also, sky cav. * * *
sky compass
Navig. a device for taking a bearing by means of polarized sunlight when the sun is invisible. * * *
sky cover
the amount of the sky that is covered by clouds, fog, haze, smoke, or the like, usually expressed in tenths of the total sky. [1955-60] * * *
sky diving
☆ sky diving n. the sport of jumping from an airplane and executing free-fall maneuvers before opening the parachute, often at the last possible moment sky-dive ...
sky marshal
an armed plainclothes federal marshal riding on an airliner to protect against skyjacking. [1965-70, Amer.] * * *
sky pilot
Slang. a member of the clergy, esp. a chaplain of the armed forces. [1880-85] * * *
sky train
an airplane towing one or more gliders. Also called air train. * * *
sky wave
Radio. a radio wave propagated upward from earth, whether reflected by the ionosphere or not. [1925-30] * * *
/skuy"huy"/, adv., adj. very high: Costs have gone sky-high since the war. [1810-20] * * *
See skysurfing. * * *
sky blue n. A light to pale blue, from a light greenish to light purplish blue. * * *
sky·board (skīʹbôrd', -bōrd') n. A lightweight board similar to a snowboard, usually equipped with foot bindings and a recovery parachute, used for ...
See skyboard. * * *
/skuy"bawrn', -bohrn'/, adj. airborne. [1940-45; SKY + BORNE1] * * *
/skuy"boks'/, n. a private compartment, usually near the top of a stadium, for viewing a sports contest. [1980-85; SKY + BOX1] * * *
/skuy"brij'/, n. 1. Also called skywalk. a bridgelike structure for pedestrians built to link one building with another over a public alley or street. 2. Also called flying ...
sky burial n. A traditional Tibetan funeral practice in which the body of a dead person is exposed to the open air to be eaten by vultures. * * *
/skuy"kap'/, n. a porter who carries passenger baggage at an airport or airline terminal. [1940-45; SKY + (RED)CAP] * * *
/skuy"duyv'/, v.i., skydived or skydove; skydived; skydiving. to engage in skydiving. [1960-65; SKY + DIVE] * * *
See skydive. * * *
—sky diver. /skuy"duy'ving/, n. the sport of jumping from an airplane at a moderate or high altitude and free-falling and using one's body to control direction or movements ...
/skuy/, n. an island in the Hebrides, in NW Scotland: cattle farming. 7372; 670 sq. mi. (1735 sq. km). * * * ▪ island, Scotland, United Kingdom       the largest and ...
Skye Boat Song
a popular Scottish song about how Flora Macdonald helped Bonny Prince Charlie escape to Skye. The sad, slow music is sometimes used to represent Scotland in films and television ...
Skye terrier
one of a Scottish breed of small terriers having short legs and a dark or light blue-gray, gray, or fawn coat. [1850-55; after SKYE] * * * ▪ breed of dog   breed of dog ...
Skye,Isle of
Skye (skī), Isle of An island of northwest Scotland in the Inner Hebrides. It is known for its rugged mountainous scenery. * * *
Skye terrier n. A small terrier of a breed native to the Isle of Skye, having a long low body, short legs, and shaggy hair. * * *
/skuy"ee/, adj. 1. of or from the sky. 2. in the sky; lofty. 3. skylike; sky blue. [1595-1605; SKY + -EY1] * * *
sky glow n. Illumination of the night sky by electric lights, as in an urban area. * * *
/skuy"hook'/, n. 1. a fanciful hook imagined to be suspended in the air. 2. any of various lifting devices, as one hung from a helicopter, designed to lift heavy loads to ...
—skyjacker, n. /skuy"jak'/, v.t. to hijack (an airliner), esp. in order to hold the passengers and plane for ransom or for political reasons. [1965-70; SKY + (HI)JACK] * * *
See skyjack. * * *
/skuy"jak'ing/, n. an act or instance of hijacking an aircraft. [1965-70; SKYJACK + -ING1] * * *       the hijacking of a flying airplane (see hijacking). * * *
/skuy"lab'/, n. a U.S. earth-orbiting space station that was periodically staffed by three separate crews of astronauts and remained in orbit 1973-79. * * * First U.S. space ...
—skylarker, n. /skuy"lahrk'/, n. 1. a brown-speckled European lark, Alauda arvensis, famed for its melodious song. v.i. 2. to frolic; sport: The children were skylarking on the ...
/skuy"luyt'/, n. 1. an opening in a roof or ceiling, fitted with glass, for admitting daylight. 2. the frame set with glass fitted to such an opening. 3. Meteorol. the diffuse ...
/skuy"luy'tid/, adj. having or illuminated by a skylight. Also, skylit /skuy"lit'/. [1875-80; SKYLIGHT + -ED3, or reanalyzed as SKY + LIGHTED (ptp.)] * * *
/skuy"luyn'/, n., v., skylined, skylining. n. Also, sky line. 1. the boundary line between earth and sky; the apparent horizon: A sail appeared against the skyline. 2. the ...
/skuy"lownj'/, n. a vehicle designed to be lifted by helicopter between an intown passenger terminal and an airport. [1965-70; SKY + LOUNGE] * * *
/skuy"meuhn/, n., pl. skymen. Informal. an aviator or paratrooper. [SKY + MAN1] * * *
sky marshal n. An armed federal law-enforcement officer assigned to prevent and interdict air piracy and acts of terrorism involving commercial aircraft. * * *
/skuy"fos/, n., pl. skyphoi /-foy/. Gk. and Rom. Antiq. a cup characterized by a deep bowl, two handles projecting horizontally near the rim, and either a flat base or a ...
sky pilot n. Slang A member of the clergy, especially a military chaplain. * * *
/skuy"rok'it/, n. 1. a rocket firework that ascends into the air and explodes at a height, usually in a brilliant array of sparks of one or more colors. 2. Also called scarlet ...
Skyrocketing Food Prices: A Global Crisis
▪ 2009 by Janet H. Clark       As the year 2008 got under way, upwardly spiraling food prices became of increasing concern to international organizations and relief ...
/skuy"ros, -rohs/; Gk. /skee"rddaws/, n. a Greek island in the W Aegean: the largest island of the Northern Sporades. 3000; 81 sq. mi. (210 sq. km). Also, Scyros. * * * ▪ ...
/skuy"sayl'/; Naut. /skuy"seuhl/, n. Naut. 1. (in a square-rigged vessel) a light square sail next above the royal. See diag. under ship. 2. a triangular sail set on a stay ...
/skuy"skayp'/, n. 1. a section or portion of the sky, usually extensive and often including part of the horizon, that may be seen from a single viewpoint. 2. a picture ...
/skuy"skray'peuhr/, n. 1. a relatively tall building of many stories, esp. one for office or commercial use. 2. Archit. a building of exceptional height completely supported by a ...
Skyscrapers are very tall buildings that contain offices or places to live. The first were built in Chicago in the late 1880s but they have since been copied all over the world. ...
/skuy"skray'ping/, adj. of or like a skyscraper; very high: a skyscraping chimney. [1830-40; SKY + SCRAPE + -ING2; in recent use prob. SKYSCRAP(ER) + -ING2] * * *
See sky-surf. * * *
sky·surf·ing (skīʹsûr'fĭng) n. The sport of performing maneuvers or stunts during free fall while riding on a skyboard.   skyʹ-surf' v. skyʹsurf'er n. * * *
/skuyt/, n. Scot. and North Eng. skite. * * *
/skuy"trooh'peuhr/, n. a paratrooper. [SKY + (PARA)TROOPER] * * *
/skuy"troohps'/, n.pl. paratroops. [SKY + (PARA)TROOPS] * * *
/skuy"wawk'/, n. skybridge (def. 1). [1950-55; SKY + WALK] * * *
/skuy"weuhrd/, adv. 1. Also, skywards. toward the sky. adj. 2. directed toward the sky. [1575-85; SKY + -WARD] * * *
See skyward. * * *
sky wave n. A radio wave that travels upward. * * *
/skuy"way'/, n. 1. See air lane. 2. an elevated highway, esp. one well above ground level and composed of a series of spans. [1915-20; SKY + WAY1] * * *
—skywriter, n. /skuy"ruyt'/, v., skywrote, skywritten, skywriting. v.i. 1. to engage in skywriting. v.t. 2. to produce (a message, advertisement, etc.) by skywriting. [1925-30; ...
See skywrite. * * *
/skuy"ruy'ting/, n. 1. the act or technique of writing against the sky with chemically produced smoke released from a maneuvering airplane. 2. the words, letters, designs, etc., ...
See source language. * * *
Special Libraries Association. * * *
slab1 /slab/, n., v., slabbed, slabbing. n. 1. a broad, flat, somewhat thick piece of stone, wood, or other solid material. 2. a thick slice of anything: a slab of bread. 3. a ...
slab dashing
the act or process of covering an exterior wall with roughcast. Also called slap dashing. * * *
slab plastering
coarse plastering, as between the studs in a half-timbered wall. Also called slap plastering. * * *
slab top
Furniture. a top, as to a table, formed from a slab of marble or the like. * * *
slab track
a railroad track in which the rails are attached to and supported by a bed or slab, usually of concrete. * * *
/slab"suy'did/, adj. Informal. 1. having the sides long and flat, like slabs. 2. tall and lank. [1810-20] * * *
/slab"euhr/, v.i., v.t., n. slobber. * * *
/slab"euh ree/, adj. slobbery. * * *
Slaby, Adolf
▪ German physicist in full  Adolf Karl Heinrich Slaby  born April 18, 1849, Berlin died April 6, 1913, Charlottenburg, Ger.       physicist and pioneer in German ...
▪ laboratory, Menlo Park, California, United States acronym of  Stanford Linear Accelerator Center        U.S. national particle-accelerator (particle accelerator) ...
slack1 —slackingly, adv. —slackly, adv. —slackness, n. /slak/, adj. 1. not tight, taut, firm, or tense; loose: a slack rope. 2. negligent; careless; remiss: slack ...
slack suit
1. a man's suit for casual wear consisting of slacks and a matching shirt or loose-fitting jacket. 2. pantsuit. * * *
slack water
1. a period when a body of water is between tides. 2. water that is free of currents. [1760-70] * * *
/slak"baykt"/, adj. 1. improperly baked. 2. imperfectly made. [1815-25] * * *
/slak"jawd"/, adj. having the mouth open, esp. as an indication of astonishment, bewilderment, etc. [slack jaw + -ED3] * * *
slack-key (slăkʹkē') adj. Of or being a style of Hawaiian popular music played by fingerpicking an acoustic guitar that has been tuned to any of various open chords. * * *
/slak"euhn/, v.t., v.i. 1. to make or become less active, vigorous, intense, etc. 2. to make or become looser or less taut. [1570-80; SLACK1 + -EN1] Syn. 1, 2. relax, loosen, ...
/slak"euhr/, n. 1. a person who evades his or her duty or work; shirker. 2. a person who evades military service. [1790-1800; SLACK1 + -ER1] 3. an esp. educated young person who ...
See slack1. * * *
See slackly. * * *
/slaks/, n. (used with a pl. v.) men's or women's trousers for informal wear. [1815-25; SLACK1 + -S3] * * *
slack water n. 1. A period of cessation in the strong flow of a current of water, especially at high or low tide. 2. An area in a sea or river unaffected by currents; still ...
Slade School of Fine Art
a famous art school in London. It is a part of University College,London and is different from most of London’s other art schools because its students study only fine art such ...
Slade, Jack
▪ American criminal byname of  Joseph A. Slade   born 1824, Carlyle, Ill., U.S. died March 10, 1864, Virginia City, Mont.       gunfighter and murderer of the ...
Slade, Julian Penkivil
▪ 2007       British composer and lyricist (b. May 28, 1930, London, Eng.—d. June 17, 2006, London), devised numerous musicals for London's West End, including an ...
slag1 —slagable, adj. —slagability, n. —slagless, adj. —slaglessness, n. /slag/, n., v., slagged, slagging. n. 1. Also called cinder. the more or less completely fused ...
slag cement
a cement composed of about 80 percent granulated slag and about 20 percent hydrated lime. [1880-85] * * *
slag heaps
➡ coal mining * * *
▪ Denmark       city, Sjælland (Zealand), Denmark. One of the oldest towns in Denmark (chartered 1288) and a prosperous trade centre in the Middle Ages, it retains few ...
/slag"ee/, adj., slaggier, slaggiest. of, pertaining to, or like slag. [1680-90; SLAG1 + -Y1] * * *
Slagle, Eleanor Clarke
▪ American social worker née Clarke born Oct. 13, 1871, Hobart, N.Y., U.S. died Sept. 18, 1942, Philipse Manor, N.Y.       U.S. social-welfare worker and early ...
/slayn/, v. pp. of slay. * * *
sláinte [slän′chə] interj. 〚Ir sláinte, health〛 to your health: used as a toast * * *
—slakable, slakeable, adj. —slakeless, adj. /slayk/, v., slaked, slaking. v.t. 1. to allay (thirst, desire, wrath, etc.) by satisfying. 2. to cool or refresh: He slaked his ...
slaked lime
a soft, white, crystalline, very slightly water-soluble powder, Ca(OH)2, obtained by the action of water on lime: used chiefly in mortars, plasters, and cements. Also called ...
slaked lime (slākt) n. See calcium hydroxide. * * *
/slay"keuhr/, n. a person or thing that slakes. [1505-15; SLAKE + -ER1] * * *
/slah"leuhm, -lohm/, n. 1. Skiing. a downhill race over a winding and zigzag course marked by poles or gates. Cf. giant slalom. 2. any winding or zigzag course marked by ...
See slalom. * * *
See slalomer. * * *
slam1 /slam/, v., slammed, slamming, n. v.t., v.i. 1. to shut with force and noise: to slam the door. 2. to dash, strike, knock, thrust, throw, slap down, etc., with violent and ...
slam dance
a dance performed to punk rock by groups of people who flail and toss themselves about and slam into one another. [1975-80] * * *
slam dancing
slam dancing n. a kind of dancing to punk rock, grunge, etc. in which the dancers hurl themselves at each other: also written slam-dancing n. or ...
slam dunk
—slam dunker. Basketball. a particularly forceful, often dramatic dunk shot. [1975-80] * * *
—slam-banger, n. /slam"bang"/, adv. Informal. 1. with noisy violence: He drove slam-bang through the garage door. 2. quickly and carelessly; slapdash. adj. 3. noisy and ...
See slam dancing. * * *
/slam"dungk'/, v.t. Basketball. to dunk (the ball) with great force. * * *
See slam-dunk. * * *
slam dancing n. A style of dancing, usually performed to punk rock, in which participants intentionally collide with one another.   slamʹ-dance' (slămʹdăns') v. * * *
slam dunk (slămʹdŭngkʹ) n. 1. Basketball. A dramatic forceful dunk shot. 2. Slang. A forceful dramatic move: “I ask [him] whether the slam dunk of the indictment was a ...
/slam"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that slams. 2. Usually, the slammer. Also called the slam. Slang. a prison. [1955-60; SLAM1 + -ER1] * * *
/slam"ing/, n. Informal. the switching of a customer's long-distance telephone company or other public utility without his or her authorization. [1990-95; SLAM1 + -ING1] * * *
slamming stile
doorstop (def. 2). * * *
—slanderer, n. —slanderingly, adv. —slanderous, adj. —slanderously, adv. —slanderousness, n. /slan"deuhr/, n. 1. defamation; calumny: rumors full of slander. 2. a ...
See slander. * * *
slanderous [slan′dərəs] adj. 〚ME sclaunderous〛 1. characterized by or constituting slander 2. uttering slander * * * See slanderer. * * *
See slanderer. * * *
Slaney, River
▪ river, Ireland       river, rising on Lugnaquillia Mountain (3,038 feet [926 m]), County Wicklow, Ireland. It turns westward in a steep torrential course to the Glen ...
slang1 /slang/, n. 1. very informal usage in vocabulary and idiom that is characteristically more metaphorical, playful, elliptical, vivid, and ephemeral than ordinary language, ...
See slang. * * *
See slangily. * * *
/slang"gwij/, n. 1. slang; a vocabulary of slang. 2. language employing much slang. [1900-05; b. SLANG1 and LANGUAGE] * * *
—slangily, adv. —slanginess, n. /slang"ee/, adj., slangier, slangiest. 1. of, of the nature of, or containing slang: a slangy expression. 2. using much slang: slangy ...
/slangk/, v. Archaic. pt. of slink. * * *
Slánský, Rudolf
▪ Czech communist leader born July 31, 1901, Nezvěstice, near Plzeň, Austria-Hungary [now in Czech Republic] died December 3, 1952, Prague, Czechoslovakia       Czech ...
—slantingly, slantly, adv. /slant, slahnt/, v.i. 1. to veer or angle away from a given level or line, esp. from a horizontal; slope. 2. to have or be influenced by a subjective ...
slant board
a tiltable board that allows a person to lie with the feet higher than the head while doing exercises. Also, slantboard. * * *
slant front
Furniture. a flap of a desk, sloping upward and inward to close the desk, and opening forward and downward to a horizontal position as a writing surface: a form of fall front. * ...
slant height
Geom. (of a right circular cone) the distance from the vertex to any point on the circumference of the base. [1790-1800] * * *
slant rhyme
Pros. rhyme in which either the vowels or the consonants of stressed syllables are identical, as in eyes, light; years, yours. Also called half rhyme, imperfect rhyme, near ...
/slant"uyd', slahnt"-/, adj. (of a person) 1. having eyes with epicanthic folds. 2. having eyes that appear to slant. 3. Disparaging and Offensive. being of Far Eastern origin, ...
/slant"in'/, n. Football. slant (def. 13b). * * *
/slant"top', slahnt"-/, adj. (esp. of a desk) having a slant front. * * *
See slant. * * *
slant rhyme n. See off rhyme. * * *
slant·ways (slăntʹwāz') adv. Slantwise. * * *
/slant"wuyz', slahnt"-/, adv. 1. aslant; obliquely. adj. 2. slanting; oblique. Also, slantways /slant"wayz', slahnt"-/. [1565-75; SLANT + -WISE] * * *
▪ Czech Republic       town, north-central Czech Republic. Located northwest of Prague, the national capital, Slaný lies in the slightly hilly country west of the ...
slap1 —slapper, n. /slap/, n., v., slapped, slapping, adv. n. 1. a sharp blow or smack, esp. with the open hand or with something flat. 2. a sound made by or as if by such a ...
slap and tickle
slap and tickle n. [Brit. Informal] playful kissing or caressing, foreplay, or, now, often, sexual intercourse: also written slap-and-tickle n. * * *
slap dashing.
See slab dashing. [1810-20] * * *
slap jack
▪ card game       children's action card game for up to eight players.       A 52-card deck is dealt in facedown stacks (which need not be equal), one for each ...
slap plastering.
See slab plastering. * * *
slap shot
Ice Hockey. a very powerful, fast-moving shot of the puck on goal made with a full backswing of the stick and an extended follow-through. [1940-45] * * *
/slap"bang"/, adv. Brit. Informal. slam-bang. * * *
☆ slap-happy [slaphap΄ē ] adj. Slang 1. dazed or mentally impaired by or as by blows to the head; punch-drunk 2. silly or giddy * * *
/slap"up'/, adj. Brit. Informal. excellent; first-rate: a slap-up do. [1820-30] * * *
/slap"dash'/, adv. 1. in a hasty, haphazard manner: He assembled the motor slapdash. adj. 2. hasty and careless; offhand: a slapdash answer. [1670-80; SLAP1 (adv.) + DASH1] * * *
/slap"hap'ee/, adj., slaphappier, slaphappiest. Informal. 1. severely befuddled; punch-drunk: a slaphappy boxer. 2. agreeably giddy or foolish: After a martini he was ...
/slap"jak'/, n. 1. a simple card game. 2. a flapjack or griddlecake. [1790-1800; SLAP1 + JACK1] Regional Variation. 2. See pancake. * * *
/slap/, n., v., SLAPPed, SLAPPing. n. 1. Also called SLAPP suit. a civil lawsuit brought as an intimidation measure against an activist. v.t. 2. to bring a SLAPP against. [1988, ...
See slap. * * *
slap shot n. A fast-moving shot made in hockey with a full swinging stroke. * * *
/slap"stik'/, n. 1. broad comedy characterized by boisterous action, as the throwing of pies in actors' faces, mugging, and obvious farcical situations and jokes. 2. a stick or ...
slash1 /slash/, v.t. 1. to cut with a violent sweeping stroke or by striking violently and at random, as with a knife or sword. 2. to lash; whip. 3. to cut, reduce, or alter: The ...
slash pine
1. a pine, Pinus elliotii, found in slashes and swamps in the southeastern U.S., yielding a hard, durable wood. 2. the wood of this tree. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
slash pocket
a pocket set into a garment, esp. below the waistline, to which easy access is provided by an exterior, vertical or diagonal slit. [1790-1800] * * *
/slash"euhn berrn"/, adj. of a method of agriculture used in the tropics, in which forest vegetation is felled and burned, the land is cropped for a few years, then the forest is ...
slash-and-burn agriculture
▪ agriculture  method of cultivation often used by tropical-forest root-crop farmers in various parts of the world and by dry-rice cultivators of the forested hill country of ...
/slash"saw'/, v.t., slash-sawed, slash-sawed or slash-sawn, slash-sawing. plain-saw. * * *
▪ Web site       Web site created by Rob Malda, an American college student, in September 1997 in order to provide technology news and information. Editorials, stories, ...
/slash"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that slashes. 2. a person who criminally attacks others with a knife, razor, or the like. 3. a horror film depicting such a criminal and ...
—slashingly, adv. /slash"ing/, n. 1. a slash. adj. 2. sweeping; cutting. 3. violent; severe: a slashing wind. 4. dashing; impetuous. 5. vivid; flashing; brilliant. 6. Informal. ...
See slashing. * * *
slash pine n. A pine tree (Pinus elliotti) of swampy coastal areas of the southeast United States that yields pulp, rosin, timber, and turpentine. * * *
/shlawonnsk/, n. Polish name of Silesia. * * *
▪ province, Poland Introduction Polish  Województwo Śląskie   województwo (province), southern Poland. It is bordered by the provinces of Łódzkie to the north, ...
slat1 /slat/, n., v., slatted, slatting. n. 1. a long thin, narrow strip of wood, metal, etc., used as a support for a bed, as one of the horizontal laths of a Venetian blind, ...
slat back
a chair back having two or more horizontal slats between upright posts. [1890-95] * * *
/slach/, n. Naut. a relatively smooth interval between heavy seas. [1595-1605; obscurely akin to SLACK1] * * *
slate1 /slayt/, n., v., slated, slating. n. 1. a fine-grained rock formed by the metamorphosis of clay, shale, etc., that tends to split along parallel cleavage planes, usually ...
slate blue
—slate-blue, adj. a moderate to dark grayish blue. [1790-1800] * * *
See slate black. * * *
See slate blue. * * *
slate-colored junco
/slayt"kul'euhrd/ the eastern subspecies of the dark-eyed junco, Junco hyemalis, having grayer plumage than the several western subspecies. [1890-95, Amer.] * * *
slate-col·ored junco (slātʹkŭl'ərd) n. A junco (Junco hyemalis) of eastern North America, having dark gray upper parts and a white abdomen. * * *
slate black n. A purplish black.   slateʹ-blackʹ (slātʹblăkʹ) adj. * * *
slate blue n. A grayish blue to dark bluish gray.   slateʹ-blueʹ (slātʹblo͞oʹ) adj. * * *
/slay"teuhr/, n. a person who lays slates, as for roofing. [1375-1425; late ME sclater. See SLATE1, -ER1] * * *
/slay"teuhr/, n. Samuel, 1768-1835, U.S. industrialist, born in England. * * *
Slater, Samuel
born June 9, 1768, Belper, Derbyshire, Eng. died April 21, 1835, Webster, Mass., U.S. British-born U.S. industrialist. Initially apprenticed to a partner of Richard Arkwright, ...
Sla·ter (slāʹtər), Samuel. 1768-1835. British-born textile pioneer in America. He oversaw construction of the nation's first successful water-powered cotton mill ...
/sladh"euhr/, Informal. v.t. 1. to spread or apply thickly: to slather butter on toast. 2. to spread something thickly on (usually fol. by with): to slather toast with butter. 3. ...
Slatin, Rudolf Karl, Baron von
▪ governor of The Sudan also called  Slatin Pasha   born June 7, 1857, near Vienna, Austria died Oct. 4, 1932, Vienna       Austrian soldier in the service of England ...
▪ Romania       town, capital, Olt județ (county), southern Romania. It lies along the Olt River, where there once was a fort. The local museum has prehistoric (Lower ...
/slay"ting/, n. 1. the act or work of covering something with slates. 2. materials for roofing with slates. [1565-75; SLATE1 + -ING1] * * *
/slat"euhrn/, n. 1. a slovenly, untidy woman or girl. 2. a slut; harlot. [1630-40; perh. akin to dial. slatter to splash, spill < ?] * * *
See slatternly. * * *
—slatternliness, n. /slat"euhrn lee/, adj. 1. slovenly and untidy. 2. characteristic or suggestive of a slattern. adv. 3. in the manner of a slattern. [1670-80; SLATTERN + ...
/slat"ing/, n. 1. the act of furnishing with or making from slats. 2. a number of slats, taken as a whole. [1525-35; SLAT1 + -ING1] * * *
—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] * * *
Slauerhoff, Jan Jacob
▪ Dutch poet born Sept. 14, 1898, Leeuwarden, Neth. died Oct. 5, 1936, Hilversum       Dutch poet whose romanticism led him to go to sea as a ship's doctor and whose ...
—slaughterer, n. —slaughteringly, adv. /slaw"teuhr/, n. 1. the killing or butchering of cattle, sheep, etc., esp. for food. 2. the brutal or violent killing of a person. 3. ...
/slaw"teuhr/, n. Frank, born 1908, U.S. novelist and physician. * * *
Slaughter, Enos Bradsher
▪ 2003 “Country”        American baseball player (b. April 27, 1916, Roxboro, N.C.—d. Aug. 12, 2002, Durham, N.C.), had a lifetime .300 batting average and was a ...
Slaughter, Frank Gill
▪ 2002       American author and physician (b. Feb. 25, 1908, Washington, D.C.—d. May 17, 2001, Jacksonville, Fla.), was a surgeon-turned-writer who wrote some 56 ...
See slaughter. * * *
/slaw"teuhr hows'/, n., pl. slaughterhouses /-how'ziz/. a building or place where animals are butchered for food; abattoir. [1325-75; ME slautherhus; see SLAUGHTER, HOUSE] * * *
Slaughterhouse Cases
▪ law cases       (1873), in American history, legal dispute that resulted in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting the protection of the privileges and ...
—slaughterously, adv. /slaw"teuhr euhs/, adj. murderous; destructive. [1575-85; SLAUGHTER + -OUS] * * *
/slahv, slav/, n. 1. one of a group of peoples in eastern, southeastern, and central Europe, including the Russians and Ruthenians (Eastern Slavs), the Bulgars, Serbs, Croats, ...
Slav. abbr. Slavic. * * *
—slaveless, adj. —slavelike, adj. /slayv/, n., v., slaved, slaving. n. 1. a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another; a bond servant. 2. a person entirely ...
/slayv/, n., pl. Slaves, (esp. collectively) Slave. a member of a group of Athabaskan-speaking North American Indians living in the upper Mackenzie River valley region of the ...
slave ant
an ant taken as a larva or pupa by ants of another species and becoming a working member of the captor colony. [1865-70] * * *
slave bracelet
a braceletlike, ornamental circlet or chain worn around the ankle. * * *
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 ...
slave code
In U.S. history, law governing the status of slaves, enacted by those colonies or states that permitted slavery. Slaves were considered property rather than persons. They had ...
slave driver
1. an overseer of slaves. 2. a hard taskmaster: His boss was a slave driver. [1800-10, Amer.] * * *
Slave Dynasty
▪ rulers of India       (1206–90), line of sultans at Delhi, India, that lasted for nearly a century. Its family name was Mui'zzī.       The Slave dynasty was ...
slave labor
—slave-labor, adj. 1. persons, esp. a large group, performing labor under duress or threats, as prisoners in a concentration camp; a labor force of slaves or slavelike ...
slave labor camp.
See labor camp (def. 1). [1935-40] * * *
slave narrative
Account of the life, or a major portion of the life, of a fugitive or former slave, either written or orally related by the slave himself or herself. A Narrative of the Uncommon ...
slave rebellions
      in American history, periodic acts of violent resistance by black slaves during more than two centuries of chattel slavery, signifying continual deep-rooted ...
Slave River
a river in NE Alberta and the Northwest Territories, in Canada: flowing from Lake Athabaska NW to Great Slave Lake. 258 mi. (415 km) long. * * * River, northern Alberta and ...
slave ship
a ship for transporting slaves from their native homes to places of bondage. [1790-1800] * * *

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