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Meaning of SLATE

Pronunciation:  sleyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (formerly) a writing tablet made of slate
  2. [n]  a list of candidates to be considered for nomination or election to public offices
  3. [n]  a fine-grained metamorphic rock that can be split into thin layers
  4. [n]  thin layers of rock used for roofing
  5. [v]  choose someone for a job or function
  6. [v]  cover with slate; "slate the roof"
  7. [v]  enter on a list or slate for an election; "He was slated for borough president"

SLATE is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: slating
 See Also: cross-file, designate, destine, intend, list, listing, register, roof, roofing material, sedimentary rock, specify, tablet



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Slate\, n. [OE. slat, OF. esclat a shiver, splinter, F.
    ['e]clat, fr. OF. esclater to shiver, to chip, F. ['e]clater,
    fr. OHG. sliezen to tear, slit, split, fr. sl[=i]zan to slit,
    G. schleissen. See {Slit}, v. t., 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,
       (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 {axe}, a mattock with an ax end, used in
       shaping slates for roofs, and making holes in them for the
    {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 lamin[ae],
       not necessarily parallel to the stratification; foliated
    {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.
  2. \Slate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Slated}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    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]
  3. \Slate\, v. t. [Cf. AS. sl[=ae]ting a privilege of
    To set a dog upon; to bait; to slat. See 2d {Slat}, 3. [Prov.
    Eng. & Scot.] [Written also {slete}.] --Ray.