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slave state
1. any state, nation, etc., where slavery is legal or officially condoned. 2. Slave States, U.S. Hist. the states that permitted slavery between 1820 and 1860: Alabama, Arkansas, ...
slave trade
the business or process of procuring, transporting, and selling slaves, esp. black Africans to the New World prior to the mid-19th century. [1725-35] * * * Capturing, selling, ...
slave-making ant
/slayv"may'king/ an ant of a species that raids the colonies of other ant species, carrying off larvae and pupae to be reared as slaves. [1810-20] * * *
slave-makingant
slave-mak·ing ant (slāvʹmā'kĭng) n. Any of various species of ant, such as Formica sanguinea of Europe, that raid the nests of other ants and carry off the pupae in order to ...
slaveant
slave ant n. An ant captured and raised as a worker by slave-making ants. * * *
SlaveCoast
Slave Coast (slāv) A region of coastal western Africa along the Bight of Benin roughly corresponding to modern-day Benin and Togo. It was notorious as the exportation base for ...
slavedriver
slave driver n. 1. An overseer of slaves at work. 2. A severely exacting employer or supervisor. * * *
slaveholder
—slaveholding, n. /slayv"hohl'deuhr/, n. an owner of slaves. [1770-80; SLAVE + HOLDER] * * *
Slaveholders among prominent Founding Fathers
▪ Table Slaveholders among prominent Founding Fathers slaveholders1 non-slaveholders Founding Father state Founding Father state Charles Carroll Maryland John ...
slaveholding
See slaveholder. * * *
slaveling
/slayv"ling/, n. a person in a condition of servility or slavery. [1880-85; SLAVE + -LING1] * * *
Slavenska
/slah ven"skah/, n. Mia /mee"ah/, (Mia Corak), born 1917, U.S. dancer and choreographer, born in Yugoslavia. * * *
Slavenska, Mia
▪ 2003 Mia Corak        Croatian-born American ballerina and teacher (b. Feb. 20, 1914/16, Brod-na Savi [now Slavonski Brod], Croatia—d. Oct. 5, 2002, Westwood, ...
slaver
slaver1 /slay"veuhr/, n. 1. a dealer in or an owner of slaves. 2. See slave ship. [1815-25; SLAVE + -ER1] slaver2 /slav"euhr, slay"veuhr, slah"-/, v.i. 1. to let saliva run from ...
SlaveRiver
Slave River A river, about 499 km (310 mi) long, of west-central Canada flowing between Lake Athabasca in northeast Alberta and Great Slave Lake in the southern Northwest ...
slavery
/slay"veuh ree, slayv"ree/, n. 1. the condition of a slave; bondage. 2. the keeping of slaves as a practice or institution. 3. a state of subjection like that of a slave: He was ...
Slavery in the 21st Century
▪ 2001 Introduction by Charles A. Jacobs In the midst of the worldwide economic boom, reports documenting modern-day slavery come from every corner of the globe. From ...
slaves
➡ slavery * * *
slavestate
slave state n. Slave State 1. Any of the 15 states of the Union in which slavery was legal before the Civil War, including Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, ...
slavetrade
slave trade n. Traffic in slaves. * * *
slavey
/slay"vee/, n., pl. slaveys. Brit. Informal. a female servant, esp. a maid of all work in a boardinghouse. [1800-10; SLAVE + -Y2] * * *
Slavey
/slay"vee/, n., pl. Slaveys, (esp. collectively) Slavey. Slave. * * *
Slaveykov, Pencho Petkov
▪ Bulgarian author born April 27, 1866, Tryavna, Bulg. died May 28, 1912, Brunate, Italy       Bulgarian writer who, with his father, Petko Rachev (Slaveykov, Petko ...
Slaveykov, Petko Rachev
▪ Bulgarian author born Nov. 17, 1827, Turnovo, Bulg. died July 1, 1895, Sofia       writer who helped to enrich Bulgarian literature by establishing a modern literary ...
Slavic
/slah"vik, slav"ik/, n. 1. a branch of the Indo-European family of languages, usually divided into East Slavic (Russian, Ukrainian, Byelorussian), West Slavic (Polish, Czech, ...
Slavic languages
or Slavonic languages Branch of the Indo-European language family spoken by more than 315 million people in central and eastern Europe and northern Asia. The Slavic family is ...
Slavic religion
Beliefs and religious practices of the ancient Slavic peoples of East Europe, including the Russians, Ukrainians, Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes. Most ...
Slavicism
/slah"veuh siz'euhm, slav"euh-/, n. Slavism. [SLAVIC + -ISM] * * *
Slavicist
/slah"veuh sist, slav"euh-/, n. a specialist in the study of the Slavic languages or literatures. Also, Slavist /slah"vist, slav"ist/. [1940-45; SLAVIC + -IST] * * *
slavish
—slavishly, adv. —slavishness, n. /slay"vish/, adj. 1. of or befitting a slave: slavish subjection. 2. being or resembling a slave; abjectly submissive: He was slavish in his ...
slavishly
See slavish. * * *
slavishness
See slavishly. * * *
Slavism
/slah"viz euhm, slav"iz-/, n. something that is native to, characteristic of, or associated with the Slavs or Slavic. Also, Slavicism. [1875-85; SLAV + -ISM] * * *
Slavist
Slavist [släv′ist, slav′ist] n. a specialist in the study of Slavic languages, cultures, etc.: also Slavicist [släv′ə sist, slav′ə sist] * * * Slav·ist ...
Slavkov
/slahf"kawf/, n. Czech name of Austerlitz. * * *
Slavo-
a combining form representing Slav in compound words: Slavophile. * * *
slavocracy
—slavocrat /slay"veuh krat'/, n. —slavocratic /slay'veuh krat"ik/, adj. /slay vok"reuh see/, n., pl. slavocracies. 1. the rule or domination of slaveholders: the slavocracy ...
slavocrat
See slavocracy. * * *
slavocratic
See slavocrat. * * *
Slavonia
/sleuh voh"nee euh/, n. a historic region in N Croatia. * * * Historical region, Croatia. It lay between the Sava River on the south and the Drava and Danube rivers on the ...
Slavonian
/sleuh voh"nee euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Slavonia or its inhabitants. 2. Slavic. n. 3. a native or inhabitant of Slavonia. 4. a Slav. [1570-80; SLAVONI(A) + -AN] * * *
Slavonic
—Slavonically, adv. /sleuh von"ik/, adj. 1. Slavonian. 2. Slavic. [1605-15; < NL slavonicus, equiv. to ML Slavon(ia) + -icus -IC] * * *
Slavophile
—Slavophilism /sleuh vof"euh liz'euhm, slah"veuh fil iz'euhm, slav"euh-/, n. /slah"veuh fuyl', -fil, slav"euh-/, n. 1. a person who greatly admires the Slavs and Slavic ...
Slavophiles and Westernizers
Opposing groups of intellectuals in 19th-century Russia. Prominent in the 1840s and '50s, the Slavophiles believed in the uniqueness of Russian culture and contended that Russia ...
Slavophilism
See Slavophile. * * *
Slavophobe
—Slavophobia, n. /slah"veuh fohb', slav"euh-/, n. a person who fears or hates the Slavs, their influence, or things Slavic. [1885-90; SLAVO- + -PHOBE] * * *
Slavyansk
/slu vyahnsk"/, n. a city in E central Ukraine, NW of Donetsk. 140,000. * * *
Slavyansk-na-Kubani
▪ Russia also spelled  Slaviansk-na-kubani, or Slav'ansk-na-kubani,         city and centre of Slavyansk rayon (sector), Krasnodar kray (region), southwestern Russia. ...
slaw
/slaw/, n. coleslaw. [1860-65, Amer.; < D sla, short for salade SALAD] * * *
slay
—slayable, adj. —slayer, n. /slay/, v., slew, slain, slaying, n. v.t. 1. to kill by violence. 2. to destroy; extinguish. 3. sley. 4. Informal. to impress strongly; overwhelm, ...
slayer
See slay. * * *
Slayton
/slayt"n/, n. Donald Kent ("Deke"), born 1924, U.S. astronaut. * * *
Slayton, Donald Kent
▪ 1994       ("DEKE"), U.S. astronaut (b. March 1, 1924, Sparta, Wis.—d. June 13, 1993, League City, Texas), was selected in 1959 by the National Aeronautics and Space ...
SLBM
1. sea-launched ballistic missile. 2. submarine-launched ballistic missile. Also, S.L.B.M. * * *
SLCM
See sea-launched cruise missile. Also, S.L.C.M. * * *
sld
sld abbrev. 1. sailed 2. sealed * * *
sld.
1. sailed. 2. sealed. * * *
SLE
See systemic lupus erythematosus. * * *
sleave
/sleev/, v., sleaved, sleaving, n. v.t. 1. to divide or separate into filaments, as silk. n. 2. anything matted or raveled. 3. a filament of silk obtained by separating a thicker ...
sleaze
/sleez/, n. Slang. 1. a contemptible or vulgar person. 2. a shabby or slovenly person. 3. a sleazy quality, character, or atmosphere; shoddiness; vulgarity. 4. sleazy behavior, ...
sleazebag
/sleez"bag'/, n. Slang. a sleazy person; sleaze. Also, sleaze bag. Also called sleazeball /sleez"bawl'/. [SLEAZE + BAG] * * *
sleazily
See sleazy. * * *
sleaziness
See sleazily. * * *
sleazoid
sleazoid [slē′zoid΄] Slang adj. 〚
sleazy
—sleazily, adv. —sleaziness, n. /slee"zee, slay"zee/, adj., sleazier, sleaziest. 1. contemptibly low, mean, or disreputable: sleazy politics. 2. squalid; sordid; filthy; ...
slēb-
To be weak, sleep. Possibly related to slēg- through a hypothetical base *slē- (< earlier *sleə₁-). sleep, from Old English slǣpan, to sleep, and slǣp, sleep, from ...
sled
—sledlike, adj. /sled/, n., v., sledded, sledding. n. 1. a small vehicle consisting of a platform mounted on runners for use in traveling over snow or ice. 2. a sledge. v.i. 3. ...
sled cultivator
go-devil (def. 5). * * *
sled dog
a dog trained to pull a sled, usually working in a team. [1685-95] * * * Any working dog used to pull a sled carrying people and supplies across snow and ice. The breeds most ...
sledder
/sled"euhr/, n. 1. a person who rides on or steers a sled. 2. a horse or other animal for drawing a sled. [1640-50; SLED + -ER1] * * *
sledding
/sled"ing/, n. 1. the state of the ground permitting use of a sled: The mountain roads offer good sledding. 2. the going, or kind of travel, for sleds, as determined by ground ...
sleddog
sled dog n. A dog, such as a husky, used to pull a dogsled, especially in Arctic regions. * * *
sledge
sledge1 /slej/, n., v., sledged, sledging. n. 1. a vehicle of various forms, mounted on runners and often drawn by draft animals, used for traveling or for conveying loads over ...
sledgehammer
/slej"ham'euhr/, n. 1. a large heavy hammer wielded with both hands. v.t., v.i. 2. to hammer, beat, or strike with or as if with a sledgehammer. adj. 3. crudely or ruthlessly ...
sleek
sleek1 —sleekly, adv. —sleekness, n. /sleek/, adj., sleeker, sleekest. 1. smooth or glossy, as hair, an animal, etc. 2. well-fed or well-groomed. 3. trim and graceful; finely ...
sleekit
/slee"kit/, adj. Scot. sleeky. [ptp. of SLEEK2] * * *
sleekly
See sleek. * * *
sleekness
See sleekly. * * *
sleeky
/slee"kee/, adj., sleekier, sleekiest. 1. sleek; smooth. 2. Chiefly Scot. sly; sneaky. Also, Scot., sleeked /sleekt/, sleekit. [1715-25; SLEEK1 + -Y1] * * *
sleep
—sleepful, adj. —sleeplike, adj. /sleep/, v., slept, sleeping, n. v.i. 1. to take the rest afforded by a suspension of voluntary bodily functions and the natural suspension, ...
sleep apnea
sleep apnea n. a chronic disorder in which breathing is briefly suspended repeatedly during sleep * * *
sleep apnea.
See under apnea. [1975-80] * * *
sleep learning
the act or process of learning during sleep by listening to recordings repeatedly. Also called hypnopedia. [1950-55] * * *
sleep on the streets
➡ homelessness * * *
sleep rough
➡ homelessness * * *
sleep shade
an opaque, masklike covering for the eyes, usually fitted with an elasticized cord that passes around the head, worn to aid sleep by shutting out light. * * *
sleep sofa
a sofa that can be used as a bed; sofa bed. [1970-75] * * *
sleep-away
/sleep"euh way'/, adj. of or pertaining to a place at which one sleeps away from home: sleep-away camp. Also, sleepaway. [1975-80] * * *
sleep-in
/sleep"in'/, adj. 1. live-in (def. 1). n. 2. a person who sleeps in at a place of employment. [1950-55; adj., n. use of v. phrase sleep in] * * *
sleep-learning
sleep-learn·ing (slēpʹlûr'nĭng) n. Attempted instruction in a subject, such as a foreign language, during sleep, usually by means of recordings. Also called hypnopedia. * * *
sleep-out
/sleep"owt'/, adj. 1. live-out. n. 2. a person who lives elsewhere than at the place of employment. 3. an act or instance of sleeping outdoors. [1910-15; adj., n. use of v. ...
sleep-terror disorder
/sleep"ter'euhr/. Psychiatry. See night terror. * * *
sleep-wake cycle
/sleep"wayk"/ Physiol. the species-specific biological pattern of alternating sleep and wakefulness, in humans roughly 8 hours of nocturnal sleep and 16 hours of daytime ...
sleepapnea
sleep apnea n. A temporary suspension of breathing occurring repeatedly during sleep that often affects overweight people or those having an obstruction in the breathing tract, ...
sleepcoat
/sleep"koht'/, n. a lightweight, knee-length garment for sleep or lounging, styled like a pajama top and having a sash. [SLEEP + COAT] * * *
sleeper
/slee"peuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that sleeps. 2. a heavy horizontal timber for distributing loads. 3. Building Trades. a. any long wooden, metal, or stone piece lying ...
sleeper seat
a seat, as on an airplane, that can be extended horizontally to permit sleeping. * * *
sleepily
sleepily [slē′pə lē] adv. in a sleepy or drowsy manner * * * See sleepy. * * *
sleepiness
sleepiness [slē′pē nis] n. a sleepy quality or state * * * See sleepily. * * *
sleeping
/slee"ping/, n. 1. the condition of being asleep. adj. 2. asleep. 3. of, pertaining to, or having accommodations for sleeping: a sleeping compartment. 4. used to sleep in or on: ...
sleeping bag
a warmly lined or padded body-length bag, usually waterproof and with a closure, in which one or two persons can sleep, esp. outdoors, as when camping. [1815-25] * * *
Sleeping Bear Dunes
▪ dunes, Michigan, United States       large complex of shifting sand dunes (sand dune), extending 7 miles (11 km) along the northeastern shore of Lake Michigan ...
Sleeping Beauty
1. a beautiful princess, the heroine of a popular fairy tale, awakened from a charmed sleep by the kiss of the prince who is her true love. 2. (italics) the fairy tale itself. 3. ...
sleeping car
a railroad car fitted with berths, compartments, bedrooms, or drawing rooms for passengers to sleep in. [1830-40, Amer.] * * * ▪ railroad vehicle also called  Sleeper, ...
sleeping chair
a chair of the 17th century, having a high back, usually adjustable, with deep wings of the same height. [1665-75] * * *
sleeping partner
Brit. See silent partner. [1775-85] * * *
sleeping pill
a pill or capsule containing a drug for inducing sleep. [1940-45] * * *
sleeping porch
a porch enclosed with glass or screening or a room with open sides or a row of windows used for sleeping in the open air. [1880-85] * * *
sleeping sickness
Pathol. 1. Also called African sleeping sickness, African trypanosomiasis. a generally fatal disease, common in parts of Africa, characterized by fever, wasting, and progressive ...
sleepingbag
sleep·ing bag (slēʹpĭng) n. A large, warmly lined, usually zippered bag for sleeping, especially outdoors. * * *
sleepingcar
sleeping car n. A railroad car having accommodations for sleeping. * * *
sleepingpill
sleeping pill n. A sedative or hypnotic drug, especially a barbiturate, in the form of a pill or capsule used to relieve insomnia. * * *
sleepingporch
sleeping porch n. A well-ventilated, usually screened porch or gallery used as an occasional sleeping quarters. * * *
sleepingsickness
sleeping sickness n. 1. An often fatal, endemic infectious disease of humans and animals in tropical Africa, caused by either of two trypanosomes (Trypanosoma rhodesiense or T. ...
sleepless
—sleeplessly, adv. —sleeplessness, n. /sleep"lis/, adj. 1. without sleep: a sleepless night. 2. watchful; alert: sleepless devotion to duty. 3. always active: the sleepless ...
sleeplessly
See sleepless. * * *
sleeplessness
See sleeplessly. * * *
sleepover
/sleep"oh'veuhr/, n. 1. an instance of sleeping over, as at another person's house. 2. a person who sleeps over. [1970-75; n. use of v. phrase sleep over] * * *
sleepshirt
/sleep"sherrt'/, n. a shirtlike garment, usually knee-length or shorter, worn for sleeping. [SLEEP + SHIRT] * * *
sleepwalk
/sleep"wawk'/, v.i. 1. to engage in sleepwalking. n. 2. an act of sleepwalking; somnambulation. [1920-25; back formation from SLEEPWALKING] * * *
sleepwalker
See sleepwalk. * * *
sleepwalking
—sleepwalker, n. /sleep"waw'king/, n. 1. the act or state of walking, eating, or performing other motor acts while asleep, of which one is unaware upon awakening; ...
sleepwear
/sleep"wair'/, n. garments, as nightgowns or pajamas, worn for sleeping or at bedtime. [1950-55; SLEEP + WEAR] * * *
sleepy
—sleepily, adv. —sleepiness, n. /slee"pee/, adj., sleepier, sleepiest. 1. ready or inclined to sleep; drowsy. 2. of or showing drowsiness. 3. languid; languorous: a sleepy ...
Sleepy Hollow chair
U.S. Furniture. an armchair of the mid-19th century, sometimes on rockers, having a single piece forming a high upholstered back and a concave upholstered seat. [1835-45; after ...
sleepy sickness
Brit. Pathol. See sleeping sickness. * * *
sleepyhead
/slee"pee hed'/, n. a sleepy person. [1570-80; SLEEPY + HEAD] * * *
sleepysickness
sleepy sickness n. See encephalitis lethargica. * * *
sleet
/sleet/, n. 1. precipitation in the form of ice pellets created by the freezing of rain as it falls (distinguished from hail). 2. glaze (def. 17). 3. Chiefly Brit. a mixture of ...
Sleet, Moneta J., Jr.
▪ 1997       U.S. Ebony magazine photographer who captured many of the defining images of the U.S. civil rights struggle and won a Pulitzer Prize for his poignant ...
sleety
—sleetiness, n. /slee"tee/, adj., sleetier, sleetiest. of, pertaining to, or like sleet. [1715-25; SLEET + -Y1] * * *
sleeve
—sleevelike, adj. /sleev/, n., v., sleeved, sleeving. n. 1. the part of a garment that covers the arm, varying in form and length but commonly tubular. 2. an envelope, usually ...
sleeve coupling
a cylinder joining the ends of two lengths of shafting or pipe. * * *
sleeve link
Brit. See cuff link. [1885-90] * * *
sleeve valve
an intake or exhaust valve for an engine, consisting of one or more sleeves reciprocating within a cylinder, so that ports in the cylinder and in the sleeves are opposed at ...
sleeveboard
/sleev"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. a small-scale ironing board for pressing sleeves, esp. a narrow board that fits inside a coat sleeve. Also called pressboard. [1820-30; SLEEVE + ...
sleevecoupling
sleeve coupling n. A thin steel cylinder joining the ends of two lengths of shafting or pipe. * * *
sleeved
sleeved [slēvd] adj. fitted with sleeves: often in hyphenated compounds [short-sleeved] * * *
sleevedog
sleeve dog n. A very small Pekingese, usually 15 centimeters (6 inches) or less in height. * * *
sleeveless
—sleevelessness, n. /sleev"lis/, adj. 1. without sleeves. 2. amounting to nothing; unprofitable; futile: a sleeveless errand. [bef. 950; ME; OE sliefleas. See SLEEVE, -LESS] * ...
sleevelet
/sleev"lit/, n. a fitted sleeve or cover worn on the forearm for warmth or to protect a shirt sleeve. [1885-90; SLEEVE + -LET] * * *
slēg-
Also lēg-. To be slack, be languid. Possibly related to slēb- through a hypothetical base *slē- (< earlier *sleə₁-). Zero-grade form *sləg-, becoming *slag-. 1. slack1, ...
slei-
See lei-. * * *
sleigh
sleigh1 —sleigher, n. /slay/, n. 1. a light vehicle on runners, usually open and generally horse-drawn, used esp. for transporting persons over snow or ice. 2. a sled. v.i. 3. ...
sleigh bed
a bed of the Empire period having raised ends terminating in outward scrolls. Also called boat bed. [1925-30] * * *
sleigh bells
any of several kinds of small bells attached to a sleigh or to the harness of the animal drawing the sleigh. [1765-75, Amer.] * * *
sleigher
See sleigh. * * *
sleight
/sluyt/, n. 1. skill; dexterity. 2. an artifice; stratagem. 3. cunning; craft. [1225-75; ME; early ME slegth < ON slaegth. See SLY, -TH1] * * *
sleight of hand
1. skill in feats requiring quick and clever movements of the hands, esp. for entertainment or deception, as jugglery, card or coin magic, etc.; legerdemain. 2. the performance ...
sleightof hand
sleight of hand n. pl. sleights of hand 1. A trick or set of tricks performed by a juggler or magician so quickly and deftly that the manner of execution cannot be observed; ...
Sleipnir
/slayp"nir/, n. Scand. Myth. the eight-legged horse of Odin. Also, Sleipner /slayp"neuhr/. * * * ▪ Norse mythology       in Norse mythology, the god Odin's magical ...
sleiə-
Bluish. 1. O-grade form *sloi(ə)-. sloe, from Old English slāh, slā, sloe (< “bluish fruit”), from Germanic *slaihwōn. 2. Zero-grade form *slī- (contracted from ...
slender
—slenderly, adv. —slenderness, n. /slen"deuhr/, adj., slenderer, slenderest. 1. having a circumference that is small in proportion to the height or length: a slender post. 2. ...
slender loris
loris (def. 1). [1825-35] * * *
slenderize
—slenderization /slen'deuhr euh zay"sheuhn/, n. —slenderizer, n. /slen"deuh ruyz'/, v., slenderized, slenderizing. v.t. 1. to make slender or more slender. 2. to cause to ...
slenderloris
slender loris n. A very small, tailless loris (Loris gracilis) of southern India and Sri Lanka, having large eyes with dark circles around them and very short fingers and toes. * ...
slenderly
See slender. * * *
slenderness
See slenderly. * * *
slenderness ratio
Rocketry. See aspect ratio (def. 4a). * * *
slendro
      Javanese and Balinese five-toned musical scale system. See gamelan. * * *
Slepian, Joseph
▪ American electrical engineer and mathematician born Feb. 11, 1891, Boston, Mass., U.S. died Dec. 1, 1969, Swissvale, Pa.       American electrical engineer and ...
slept
/slept/, v. pt. and pp. of sleep. * * *
Slessor, Kenneth
▪ Australian poet born March 27, 1901, Orange, N.S.W., Australia died July 30, 1971, Sydney       Australian poet and journalist best known for his poems “Beach ...
Slessor, Sir John Cotesworth
▪ British military officer born June 3, 1897, Rhanikhet, India died July 12, 1979, Wroughton, Wiltshire, Eng.  British marshal of the Royal Air Force (RAF) who was one of ...
Slesvig
/sles"vikh/, n. Danish name of Schleswig. * * *
Sleswick
/sles"wik/, n. Schleswig. * * *
sleubh-
To slide, slip. Derivatives include sleeve, lubricate, and slop1. I. Basic form *sleubh-. 1. sleeve, from Old English slēf, slīf, slīef, sleeve (into which the arm slips), ...
sleuth
—sleuthlike, adj. /sloohth/, n. 1. a detective. 2. a bloodhound. v.t., v.i. 3. to track or trail, as a detective. [1875-80; short for SLEUTHHOUND] * * *
sleuthhound
/sloohth"hownd'/, n. 1. a bloodhound. 2. a detective. [1325-75; ME sloth track, trail ( < ON sloth) + HOUND1] * * *
slew
slew1 /slooh/, v. pt. of slay. slew2 /slooh/, n. Informal. a large number or quantity: a whole slew of people. Also, slue. [1830-40, Amer.; < Ir sluagh crowd, throng, army, ...
sley
/slay/, n., pl. sleys, v. n. 1. the reed of a loom. 2. the warp count in woven fabrics. 3. Brit. the lay of a loom. v.t. 4. to draw (warp ends) through the heddle eyes of the ...
Slezak, Leo
▪ Austrian singer born Aug. 18, 1873, Šumperk, Austria-Hungary [now in Czech Republic] died June 1, 1946, Egern, W.Ger.       Austrian opera singer and film comedian, ...
Slezsko
/sles"kaw/, n. Czech name of Silesia. * * *
ṣlḥ
West Semitic, to prosper, be(come) good, better, useful. garam masala, from Arabic maṣāliḥ, plural of maṣlaḥa, benefit, good, from ṣalaḥa, to be(come) good, useful, ...
SLIC
(Federal) Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation. Also, S.L.I.C. * * *
slice
—sliceable, adj. —slicingly, adv. /sluys/, n., v., sliced, slicing. n. 1. a thin, flat piece cut from something: a slice of bread. 2. a part, portion, or share: a slice of ...
slice bar
a long-handled instrument with a blade at the end, for clearing away or breaking up clinkers, coal, etc., in a furnace. [1840-50] * * *
slice of life
slice of life n. 〚transl. of Fr tranche de (la) vie, prob. coined by dramatist Jean Jullien (1854-1919)〛 1. the realistic description or representation of events and ...
slice-of-life
/sluys"euhv luyf"/, adj. of, pertaining to, or being a naturalistic, unembellished representation of real life: a play with slice-of-life dialogue. [1890-95; attributive use of ...
sliceable
See slice. * * *
slicebar
slice bar n. An iron tool with a broad flat end, used to loosen and clear out clinkers from furnace grates. * * *
sliceof life
slice of life n. pl. slices of life An episode of actual experience represented realistically and with little alteration in a dramatic, fictional, or journalistic ...
slicer
/sluy"seuhr/, n. 1. a thin-bladed knife or implement used for slicing, esp. food: a cheese slicer. 2. a person or thing that slices. [1520-30; SLICE + -ER1] * * *
slick
slick1 —slickly, adv. —slickness, n. /slik/, adj., slicker, slickest, n., adv. adj. 1. smooth and glossy; sleek. 2. smooth in manners, speech, etc.; suave. 3. sly; shrewdly ...
slicken
slick·en (slĭkʹən) tr. & intr.v. slick·ened, slick·en·ing, slick·ens To make or become slick.   slickʹen·er n. * * *
slickener
See slicken. * * *
slickenside
/slik"euhn suyd'/, n. Geol. a rock surface that has become more or less polished and striated by slippage along a fault plane. [1760-70; SLICK2 + -EN3 + SIDE1] * * *
slicker
slicker1 —slickered, adj. /slik"euhr/, n. 1. a long, loose oilskin raincoat. 2. any raincoat. 3. Informal. a. a swindler; a sly cheat. b. See city slicker. [1880-85; SLICK1 + ...
slickhead
▪ fish also called  smoothhead        any of several deep-sea fishes, family Alepocephalidae (order Salmoniformes), found in almost all oceans at depths up to 5,500 m ...
slickly
See slick. * * *
slickness
See slickly. * * *
slickrock
/slik"rok'/, n. rock or a rock formation that is smooth and slippery. [SLICK1 + ROCK1] * * *
slickster
/slik"steuhr/, n. Slang. a crafty and opportunistic or deceitful person; hustler; swindler. [1960-65; SLICK1 + -STER] * * *
slid
slid (slĭd) v. Past tense and past participle of slide. * * *
slidden
slidden [slid′'n] vi., vt. archaic or dial. pp. of SLIDE * * * slid·den (slĭdʹn) v. Archaic A past participle of slide. * * *
slide
—slidable, adj. —slidableness, n. /sluyd/, v., slid /slid/, slid or slidden /slid"n/, sliding, n. v.i. 1. to move along in continuous contact with a smooth or slippery ...
slide fastener
zipper (def. 2). [1935-40] * * *
slide guitar
bottleneck (def. 3). [1965-70] * * *
slide knot
a knot formed by making two half hitches on the standing part of the rope, the second hitch being next to the loop, which can be tightened. * * *
Slide Mountain
a mountain in SE New York: highest peak of the Catskill Mountains. 4204 ft. (1280 m). * * *
slide rule
a device for performing mathematical calculations, consisting essentially of a ruler having a sliding piece moving along it, both marked with graduated, usually logarithmic, ...
slide trombone
slide trombone n. TROMBONE * * *
slide trombone.
See under trombone. * * *
slide valve
Mach. a valve that slides without lifting to open or close an aperture, as the valves of the ports in the cylinders of certain steam engines. [1795-1805] * * *
slide-action
/sluyd"ak'sheuhn/, adj. (of a rifle or shotgun) having a lever that when slid back and forth ejects the empty case and cocks and reloads the piece. * * *
Slidell
/sluy del"/, n. a town in SE Louisiana. 26,718. * * *
Slidell, John
born 1793, New York, N.Y., U.S. died July 29, 1871, London, Eng. U.S. and Confederate diplomat. He practiced law in New Orleans from 1819, then served in the U.S. House of ...
slider
/sluy"deuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that slides. 2. Baseball. a fast pitch that curves slightly and sharply in front of a batter, away from the side from which it was ...
slider-crank mechanism
▪ mechanics  arrangement of mechanical parts designed to convert straight-line motion to rotary motion, as in a reciprocating piston engine, or to convert rotary motion to ...
sliderule
slide rule n. A device consisting of two logarithmically scaled rules mounted to slide along each other so that multiplication, division, and other more complex computations are ...
slidevalve
slide valve n. A valve that slides back and forth over ports, especially one in the cylinder wall of a steam engine that permits the intake and outflow of steam to move the ...
slideway
/sluyd"way'/, n. an inclined surface along which something can slide. [1855-60; SLIDE + WAY1] * * *
sliding
—slidingly, adv. —slidingness, n. /sluy"ding/, adj. 1. rising or falling, increasing or decreasing, according to a standard or to a set of conditions. 2. operated, adjusted, ...
sliding rule
(formerly) a slide rule. [1655-65] * * *
sliding scale
1. a variable scale, esp. of industrial costs, as wages, that may be adapted to changes in demand. 2. a wage scale varying with the selling price of goods produced, the cost of ...
sliding seat
a rower's seat that rides on wheels in metal tracks fastened to the boat's frame, allowing the seat to slide back and forth, thereby tapping the rower's leg strength to maximize ...
sliding vector
Mech. a vector having specified magnitude and lying on a given line. Also called line vector. * * *
slidingscale
slid·ing scale (slīʹdĭng) n. A scale in which indicated prices, taxes, or wages vary in accordance with another factor, as wages with the cost-of-living index or medical ...
slidingtackle
sliding tackle n. A tackle in soccer in which the defender leaps forward or slides and extends a leg in order to disrupt the play or get possession of the ball. At some levels of ...
Sliema
▪ Malta       town, eastern Malta, situated on a headland between Marsamxett (Marsamuscetto) Harbour to the east and St. Julian's Bay to the west. It is a suburb of the ...
slier
/sluy"euhr/, adj. a comparative of sly. * * *
sliest
/sluy"ist/, adj. a superlative of sly. * * *
slieve
slieve (slēv) n. Irish A mountain.   [Irish Gaelic sliabh, from Old Irish slíab.] * * *
slight
—slighter, n. —slightly, adv. —slightness, n. /sluyt/, adj., slighter, slightest, v., n. adj. 1. small in amount, degree, etc.: a slight increase; a slight odor. 2. of ...
slighting
—slightingly, adv. /sluy"ting/, adj. derogatory and disparaging; belittling. [1605-15; SLIGHT + -ING2] * * *
slightingly
See slighting. * * *
slightly
slight·ly (slītʹlē) adv. 1. To a small degree or extent; somewhat. 2. Slenderly; delicately: slightly built. * * *
slightness
See slight. * * *
Sligo
/sluy"goh/, n. 1. a county in Connaught province, in the NW Republic of Ireland. 55,425; 694 sq. mi. (1795 sq. km). 2. its county seat: a seaport. 18,609. * * * ▪ ...
slily
/sluy"lee/, adv. slyly. * * *
slim
—slimly, adv. —slimness, n. /slim/, adj., slimmer, slimmest, v., slimmed, slimming, n. adj. 1. slender, as in girth or form; slight in build or structure. 2. poor or ...
slim disease
a form of AIDS common in Africa, marked by emaciation and fever. [1985-90] * * *
Slim Dusty
▪ 2004 David Gordon Kirkpatrick        Australian country music singer and songwriter (b. June 13, 1927, Kempsey, N.S.W., Australia—d. Sept. 19, 2003, Sydney, ...
Slim Helu, Carlos
▪ 2004       In 2003 there was a good chance that any random consumer purchase in Mexico would eventually connect to the pocketbook of the country's leading businessman, ...
Slim, William (Joseph), 1st Viscount Slim (of Yarralumla and Bishopston)
born , Aug. 6, 1891, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Eng. died Dec. 14, 1970, London British general. He served with the British army in World War I and with the Indian army from ...
Slim, William (Joseph), 1st Viscount Slim of Yarralumla and Bishopston
▪ British field marshal born , Aug. 6, 1891, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Eng. died Dec. 14, 1970, London  British field marshal and chief of the Imperial General Staff who ...
Slimbridge
a bird sanctuary (= a place where birds are protected and encouraged to breed) on the river Severn in south-west England. It has many varieties of birds, and is the main centre ...
slime
/sluym/, n., v., slimed, sliming. n. 1. thin, glutinous mud. 2. any ropy or viscous liquid matter, esp. of a foul kind. 3. a viscous secretion of animal or vegetable origin. 4. ...
slime bacteria.
See gliding bacteria. [1955-60] * * *
slime mold
1. any of various funguslike organisms belonging to the phylum Myxomycota, of the kingdom Protista (or the plant class Myxomycetes), characterized by a noncellular, ...
slimeball
slimeball [slīm′bôl΄] n. Slang a disgusting, despicable person * * * slime·ball (slīmʹbôl') n. Slang A despicable or disgusting person.   [slime + -ball(probably as ...
slimemold
slime mold n. 1. Any of various primitive organisms of the phylum Acrasiomycota, especially of the genus Dictyostelium, that grow on dung and decaying vegetation and have a life ...
slimily
See slimy. * * *
sliminess
See slimily. * * *
slimline
/slim"luyn'/, adj. 1. slim in appearance. 2. of, pertaining to, or noting a long, slender shape, design, or item. [SLIM + LINE1] * * *
slimly
See slim. * * *
slimmer
/slim"euhr/, n. Brit. a person who is trying to lose weight, esp. by dieting. [SLIM + -ER1] * * *
slimnastics
/slim nas"tiks/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) exercises to help someone lose or control weight. [1965-70; b. SLIM and GYMNASTICS] * * *
slimness
See slimly. * * *
slimsy
/slim"zee/, adj. flimsy; frail. Also, slimpsy /slimp"see/. [1835-45, Amer.; b. SLIM and FLIMSY] * * *
slimy
—slimily, adv. —sliminess, n. /sluy"mee/, adj., slimier, slimiest. 1. of or like slime. 2. abounding in or covered with slime. 3. offensively foul or vile. [1350-1400; ME; ...
sling
sling1 /sling/, n., v., slung, slinging. n. 1. a device for hurling stones or other missiles that consists, typically, of a short strap with a long string at each end and that is ...
sling chair
any of several varieties of chairs having a seat and back formed from a single sheet of canvas, leather, or the like, hanging loosely in a frame. * * *
sling psychrometer
a psychrometer so designed that the wet-bulb thermometer can be ventilated, to expedite evaporation, by whirling in the air. * * *
sling-back
/sling"bak'/, n. 1. Also called sling. a woman's shoe with an open back and a strap or sling encircling the heel of the foot to keep the shoe secure. adj. 2. having such a strap ...
slingback
sling·back or sling-back (slĭngʹbăk') pair of slingbacks © School Division, Houghton Mifflin Company n. A shoe with a strap that wraps around the back of the heel. * * *
slinger
/sling"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that slings. 2. Mach. flinger (def. 2). [1350-1400; ME; see SLING1, -ER1] * * *
slinger ring
slinger ring n. a ring-shaped tube, fitted around the hub of an airplane propeller, through which alcohol or some other de-icing fluid is applied to the blades by centrifugal ...
slingshot
/sling"shot'/, n. a Y-shaped stick with an elastic strip between the prongs for shooting stones and other small missiles. [1840-50, Amer.; SLING1 + SHOT1] * * *
slink
—slinkingly, adv. /slingk/, v., slunk or (Archaic) slank; slunk; slinking; n.; adj. v.i. 1. to move or go in a furtive, abject manner, as from fear, cowardice, or shame. 2. to ...
slinkily
See slinky. * * *
slinkiness
See slinkily. * * *
slinkingly
See slink. * * *
slinky
—slinkily, adv. —slinkiness, n. /sling"kee/, adj., slinkier, slinkiest. 1. characterized by or proceeding with slinking or stealthy movements. 2. made of soft, often clinging ...
slip
slip1 —slipless, adj. —slippingly, adv. /slip/, v., slipped or (Archaic) slipt; slipped; slipping; n. v.i. 1. to move, flow, pass, or go smoothly or easily; glide; slide: ...


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