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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 < ?
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Examples from the Web for slabbed
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  • This soap is generally run to a frame, slabbed upon cooling and packed directly into wooden cases.

    Soap-Making Manual E. G. Thomssen
  • After having set for some days it is ready to be slabbed and cut into cakes.

    Soap-Making Manual E. G. Thomssen
  • The floor is slabbed with rich mosaics that are pleasing to the eye.

    The Poniard's Hilt Eugne Sue
  • When the soap is set, it is slabbed, cut into cakes, dried slightly and pressed.

    Soap-Making Manual E. G. Thomssen
  • It has a fine inner court, with sumptuous staircases of slabbed stone leading to the church.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • The new grave now looks very neat, slabbed all over; and the old burial-ground is ready to build on whenever good times arrive.

  • The two things in the parsonage garden which make it unique are there still—the avenue and the slabbed pathways.

  • Around the slabbed tables the tangle of wined breaths and grumbling gorges.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • After having remained in the frame the time required to solidify and cool, the soap is slabbed and cut into cakes.

    Soap-Making Manual E. G. Thomssen
British Dictionary definitions for slabbed

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 slabbed

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 slabbed

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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