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slat1

[slat] /slæt/
noun
1.
a long thin, narrow strip of wood, metal, etc., used as a support for a bed, as one of the horizontal laths of a Venetian blind, etc.
2.
Aeronautics. a control surface along the leading edge of a wing that can be extended forward to create a gap (slot) to improve airflow.
3.
slats, Slang.
  1. the ribs.
  2. the buttocks.
  3. (initial capital letter) a nickname for a tall, slender man.
verb (used with object), slatted, slatting.
4.
to furnish or make with slats.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English sclat, slatt a slate < Middle French esclat splinter, fragment; see éclat

slat2

[slat] /slæt/
verb (used with object), slatted, slatting.
1.
to throw or dash with force.
verb (used without object), slatted, slatting.
2.
to flap violently, as sails.
noun
3.
a slap; a sharp blow.
Origin
1815-25; < Old Norse sletta to splash, strike
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Examples from the web for slat
  • He would tie it inside the shreds of clothing his captors provided, or tuck it away beneath a bunk slat at night.
  • The café has the feel of a fishing lodge, with wood-slat tables and waiters' stations made of half canoes standing upright.
  • Lifting a slat from the floor, he withdraws a cloth-wrapped opium pipe from a hidden compartment.
  • Although slat-thin, he gives up his body to drive the lane.
  • In addition, the recalled cribs can pose a serious entrapment and strangulation hazard when a slat is damaged.
  • They contain a series of wooden-slat cribs, usually three on each side of the central aisle.
British Dictionary definitions for slat

slat1

/slæt/
noun
1.
a narrow thin strip of wood or metal, as used in a Venetian blind, etc
2.
a movable or fixed auxiliary aerofoil attached to the leading edge of an aircraft wing to increase lift, esp during landing and takeoff
verb slats, slatting, slatted
3.
(transitive) to provide with slats
Word Origin
C14: from Old French esclat splinter, from esclater to shatter

slat2

/slæt/
verb slats, slatting, slatted
1.
(transitive) to throw violently; fling carelessly
2.
(intransitive) to flap violently
noun
3.
a sudden blow
Word Origin
C13: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse, Icelandic sletta to slap

slat3

/slæt/
noun
1.
(Irish) a spent salmon
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for slat
n.

late 14c., earlier sclat (c.1300), "a roofing slate, a thin, flat stone," from Old French esclat "split piece, chip, splinter" (Modern French éclat), back-formation from esclater "to break, splinter, burst," probably from Frankish *slaitan "to tear, slit" or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German slizan, Old English slitan; see slit (v.)). Meaning "long, thin, narrow piece of wood or metal" attested from 1764.

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Slang definitions & phrases for slat

slash-and-burn

adjective

Crudely violent; irresponsibly vitriolic: a few years of slash-and-burn expense cutting

[1980s+; fr a type of transitory cultivation in which a forest area is cleared and the undergrowth burned for planting, the term found by 1939]


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