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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 for slats
  • By peeking through the wooden roof slats in the attic, she showed us that the tin is still there.
  • Through their slats, he could see the forking branches of an old locust tree that grew by the gate.
  • The walls were lined with books, held in place by sliding wooden slats, padlocked at the ends.
  • Tiny succulent rosettes peek out from openings between the slats.
  • The outside of the pots are also doused in the water, which drains down into the slats of a wooden tray.
  • The only way to see it was to look through the slats of a small footbridge.
  • Waves slapped the sides of the shortest bridge, and water gushed through the rail slats and covered the benches.
  • Or he had wedged his leg between the slats and broken it in half.
  • And the thin brown slats in the window makes me think it is by the sea.
  • The room was large, high-ceilinged, floored with slats of polished wood.
British Dictionary definitions for slats

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 slats
slat
1382, "a roofing slate," from O.Fr. esclat "split piece, splinter," back-formation from esclater "to break, splinter, burst," probably from Frank. *slaitan "to tear, slit," related to O.H.G. slizan, O.E. slitan (see slit). Meaning "long, thin, narrow piece of wood or metal" attested from 1764.
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Slang definitions & phrases for slats

slat

noun

A ski (1960s+ Skiers)


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