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[slash] /slæʃ/
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.
12.
13.
  1. an open area strewn with debris of trees from felling or from wind or fire.
  2. the debris itself.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English slaschen < ?
Related forms
unslashed, adjective
Synonyms
3. abridge, abbreviate.

slash2

[slash] /slæʃ/
noun
1.
Often, slashes. a tract of wet or swampy ground overgrown with bushes or trees.
Origin
1645-55, Americanism; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for slashes

slash

/slæʃ/
verb (transitive)
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.
(mainly 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
noun
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)
  1. littered wood chips and broken branches that remain after trees have been cut down
  2. an area so littered
12.
Also called diagonal, forward slash, separatrix, shilling mark, solidus, stroke, 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.
(Brit, slang) the act of urinating (esp in the phrase have a slash)
14.
a genre of erotic fiction written by women, to appeal to women
Word Origin
C14 slaschen, perhaps from Old French esclachier to break
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Word Origin and History for slashes

slash

v.

1540s, "to cut with a stroke of a blade or whip;" 1650s, "to strike violently," perhaps from Middle French esclachier "to break," variant of esclater "to break, splinter" (see slat). Meaning "to clear land" (of trees) is from 1821, American English. In reference to prices, it is attested from 1906. Related: Slashed; slashing. Slash-and-burn for a method of clearing forest for cultivation is from 1919.

n.

"a cutting stroke with a weapon," 1570s, from slash (v.); sense of "slit in a garment" is from 1610s; that of "open tract in a forest" is first attested 1825, American English. As a punctuation mark in writing or printing, it is recorded from 1961.

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