slime

[slahym]
noun
1.
thin, glutinous mud.
2.
any ropy or viscous liquid matter, especially of a foul kind.
3.
a viscous secretion of animal or vegetable origin.
4.
Also called slimeball [slahym-bawl] . Slang. a repulsive or despicable person.
verb (used with object), slimed, sliming.
5.
to cover or smear with or as if with slime.
6.
to remove slime from, as fish for canning.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English slyme, Old English slīm; cognate with Dutch slijm, German Schleim, Old Norse slīm

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slime (slaɪm)
 
n
1.  soft thin runny mud or filth
2.  any moist viscous fluid, esp when noxious or unpleasant
3.  a mucous substance produced by various organisms, such as fish, slugs, and fungi
 
vb
4.  to cover with slime
5.  to remove slime from (fish) before canning
 
[Old English slīm; related to Old Norse slīm, Old High German slīmen to smooth, Russian slimák snail, Latin līmax snail]

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slime
O.E. slim "slime," from P.Gmc. *slimaz (cf. O.N. slim, O.Fris. slym, Du. slijm, Ger. Schleim "slime"), probably related to O.E. lim "sticky substance," from PIE base *(s)lei- "slime, slimy, sticky, slippery" (cf. Rus. slimak "snail;" O.C.S. slina "spittle;" O.Ir. sligim "to smear;" Welsh llyfn "smooth;"
Gk. leimax "snail," limne "marsh, pool, lake;" L. limus "slime, mud, mire," linere "to daub, besmear, rub out, erase;" see lime (1)). The verb meaning "to cover with slime" is recorded from 1628. The figurative sense of slimy as "morally repulsive" is first attested 1575.
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Science Dictionary
slime   (slīm)  Pronunciation Key 
A slippery or sticky mucous substance secreted by certain animals, such as slugs or snails.
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Slang Dictionary

slime definition


  1. n.
    a worthless person; a low and wretched person. : What a slime that guy is!
  2. n.
    degrading matters; corrupt people or situations. : I don't want to be involved in slime like that.
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Bible Dictionary

Slime definition


(Gen. 11:3; LXX., "asphalt;" R.V. marg., "bitumen"). The vale of Siddim was full of slime pits (14:10). Jochebed daubed the "ark of bulrushes" with slime (Ex. 2:3). (See PITCH.)

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Encyclopedia

slime

viscous fluid that moistens, lubricates, and protects many of the passages of the digestive and respiratory tracts in the body. Mucus is composed of water, epithelial (surface) cells, dead leukocytes, mucin, and inorganic salts. Mucus is produced by mucous cells, which are frequently clustered into small glands located on the mucous membrane that lines virtually the entire digestive tract. Large numbers of mucous cells occur in the mouth, where mucus is used both to moisten food and to keep the oral membranes moist while they are in direct contact with the air. Mucus in the nose helps to trap dust, bacteria, and other small inhaled particles. The stomach also has large numbers of mucous cells. Gastric mucus forms a layer about one millimetre thick that lines the stomach, protecting the organ from highly acidic gastric juice and preventing the juice from digesting the stomach itself.

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Example sentences
Covered in slime, the pirate fisherman slumps on the ground.
And his mat- ted wet hair and dIrt-smeared body suggest that he has crawled
  through slime to reach his father's gate.
Another showed an arm holding up a guitar dripping with water and slime from
  the flood.
Eventually, the fluke is excreted in the snail's slime, which is conveniently
  eaten by an ant.
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