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slab1

[slab] /slæb/
noun
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 semifinished piece of iron or steel so rolled that its breadth is at least twice its thickness.
4.
a rough outside piece cut from a log, as when sawing one into boards.
5.
Baseball Slang. rubber1 (def 14).
6.
Building Trades. a section of concrete pavement or a concrete floor placed directly on the ground or on a base of gravel.
verb (used with object), slabbed, slabbing.
7.
to make into a slab or slabs.
8.
to cover or lay with slabs.
9.
to cut the slabs or outside pieces from (a log).
10.
to put on in slabs; cover thickly.
Origin of slab1
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English sclabbe, slabbe < ?

slab2

[slab] /slæb/
adjective, Scot. and North England
1.
thick; viscous.
Origin
1595-1605; apparently < Scandinavian; compare Swedish, Norwegian slabb mire, Icelandic slabba to wade in mud
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  • Before I had well reached the top of the passage and felt for the match-box on the slab, I was in a paroxysm of horror.

    Johnny Ludlow, Fifth Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • But this slab of black basalt was different from anything that had ever been discovered.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • Leaving our dead falcon on a slab of rock, we quietly distributed ourselves.

    The Pilots of Pomona Robert Leighton
  • He called his slab of rock Martha, after no girl he had ever known.

    Beside Still Waters Robert Sheckley
  • He grabbed a free metal strut that still vibrated in the rubble, and jammed it between the slab and the beam it lay on.

    Captives of the Flame Samuel R. Delany
British Dictionary definitions for slab

slab

/slæb/
noun
1.
a broad flat thick piece of wood, stone, or other material
2.
a thick slice of cake, etc
3.
any of the outside parts of a log that are sawn off while the log is being made into planks
4.
(mountaineering) a flat sheet of rock lying at an angle of between 30° and 60° from the horizontal
5.
a printer's ink table
6.
(modifier) (Austral & NZ) made or constructed of coarse wooden planks: a slab hut
7.
(informal, mainly Brit) an operating or mortuary table
8.
(mainly Brit & Austral, informal) a package containing 24 cans of beer
verb (transitive) slabs, slabbing, slabbed
9.
to cut or make into a slab or slabs
10.
to cover or lay with slabs
11.
to saw slabs from (a log)
Word Origin
C13: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for slab
n.

late 13c., "large, flat mass," of unknown origin, possibly related to Old French escopel, escalpe "thin fragment of wood," which according to Klein is possibly a Gaulish word (cf. Breton scolp, Welsh ysgolp "splinter, chip"). But OED rejects this on formal grounds. Meaning "rectangular block of pre-cast concrete used in building" is from 1927. Slab-sided is "having flat sides like slabs," hence "tall and lank" (1817, American English).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for slab

skyscraper

noun

A very high fly ball, esp near home plate (1866+ Baseball)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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