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[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. rubber (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
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English sclabbe, slabbe < ?
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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).

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Slang definitions & phrases for slabbed

slab

noun
  1. A bed (1930s+ Jive talk)
  2. One dollar; a dollar bill: Ten slabs for two days' work! (1950s+)
  3. The pitcher's ''rubber'' at the top of the mound, against which the pitcher braces his foot when throwing (1919+ Baseball)
Related Terms

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