slash

slash

1 [slash]
verb (used with object)
1.
to cut with a violent sweeping stroke or by striking violently and at random, as with a knife or sword.
2.
to lash; whip.
3.
to cut, reduce, or alter: The editors slashed the story to half its length.
4.
to make slits in (a garment) to show an underlying fabric.
5.
to criticize, censure, or attack in a savage or cutting manner.
verb (used without object)
6.
to lay about one with sharp, sweeping strokes; make one's way by cutting.
7.
to make a sweeping, cutting stroke.
noun
8.
a sweeping stroke, as with a knife, sword, or pen.
9.
a cut, wound, or mark made with such a stroke.
10.
a curtailment, reduction, or alteration: a drastic slash of prices.
11.
a decorative slit in a garment showing an underlying fabric.
13.
a.
an open area strewn with debris of trees from felling or from wind or fire.
b.
the debris itself.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English slaschen < ?

unslashed, adjective


3. abridge, abbreviate.
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slash

2 [slash]
noun
Often, slashes. a tract of wet or swampy ground overgrown with bushes or trees.

Origin:
1645–55, Americanism; origin uncertain

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slash (slæʃ)
 
vb
1.  to cut or lay about (a person or thing) with sharp sweeping strokes, as with a sword, knife, etc
2.  to lash with a whip
3.  to make large gashes in: to slash tyres
4.  to reduce (prices, etc) drastically
5.  chiefly (US) to criticize harshly
6.  to slit (the outer fabric of a garment) so that the lining material is revealed
7.  to clear (scrub or undergrowth) by cutting
 
n
8.  a sharp, sweeping stroke, as with a sword or whip
9.  a cut or rent made by such a stroke
10.  a decorative slit in a garment revealing the lining material
11.  (US), (Canadian)
 a.  littered wood chips and broken branches that remain after trees have been cut down
 b.  an area so littered
12.  diagonal, forward slash, separatrix, shilling mark, solidus, stroke, Also called: virgule a short oblique stroke used in text to separate items of information, such as days, months, and years in dates (18/7/80), alternative words (and/or), numerator from denominator in fractions (55/103), etc
13.  slang (Brit) the act of urinating (esp in the phrase have a slash)
14.  a genre of erotic fiction written by women, to appeal to women
 
[C14 slaschen, perhaps from Old French esclachier to break]

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Word Origin & History

slash
1382, "to cut with a stroke of a blade or whip," perhaps from M.Fr. esclachier "to break," variant of esclater "to break, splinter" (see slat). In ref. to prices, it is attested from 1906. The noun meaning "a cutting stroke with a weapon" is recorded from 1576; sense of "slit
in a garment" is from 1615; that of "open tract in a forest" is first attested 1825, Amer.Eng. As a punctuation mark in writing or printing, it is recorded from 1961. Slash-and-burn method of clearing forest for cultivation is from 1919.
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slash definition


oblique stroke

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