slug

1 [sluhg]
noun
1.
any of various snaillike terrestrial gastropods having no shell or only a rudimentary one, feeding on plants and a pest of leafy garden crops.
2.
a nudibranch.
3.
a metal disk used as a coin or token, generally counterfeit.
4.
a piece of lead or other metal for firing from a gun.
5.
any heavy piece of crude metal.
6.
Printing.
a.
a thick strip of type metal less than type-high.
b.
such a strip containing a type-high number or other character for temporary use.
c.
a line of type in one piece, as produced by a Linotype.
7.
Informal. a shot of liquor taken neat; belt.
8.
Slang. a person who is lazy or slow-moving; sluggard.
9.
a slow-moving animal, vehicle, or the like.
10.
Journalism.
a.
Also called catchline. a short phrase or title used to indicate the story content of newspaper or magazine copy.
b.
the line of type carrying this information.
11.
Metalworking. a small piece of metal ready for processing.
12.
a gold coin of California, privately issued in 1849 and for some time after, worth 50 dollars.
13.
Physics. a unit of mass, equivalent to approximately 32.2 pounds (15 kg) and having the property that a force of one pound acting upon a mass of this unit produces an acceleration of one foot per second per second.
14.
an irregular projection or knob on the surface of yarn, usually produced by lint or by defects in weaving.
verb (used with object), slugged, slugging.
15.
Printing.
a.
to make (corrections) by replacing entire lines of type, especially as set by a Linotype.
b.
to check the lines of (typeset copy) against copy of the previous typesetting stage to ensure that no line has been omitted, especially before printing or plating.
16.
Journalism. to furnish (copy) with a slug.
17.
to interpolate pieces of metal into (a joint being welded).

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English slugge sluggard < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian (dial.) sluggje heavy, slow person

sluglike, adjective
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slug1 (slʌɡ)
 
n
1.  Compare sea slug any of various terrestrial gastropod molluscs of the genera Limax, Arion, etc, in which the body is elongated and the shell is absent or very much reducedRelated: limacine
2.  any of various other invertebrates having a soft slimy body, esp the larvae of certain sawflies
3.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) a slow-moving or lazy person or animal
 
Related: limacine
 
[C15 (in the sense: a slow person or animal): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian (dialect) sluggje]

slug2 (slʌɡ)
 
n
1.  an fps unit of mass; the mass that will acquire an acceleration of 1 foot per second per second when acted upon by a force of 1 pound. 1 slug is approximately equal to 32.17 pounds
2.  metallurgy a metal blank from which small forgings are worked
3.  a bullet or pellet larger than a pellet of buckshot
4.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) a metal token for use in slot machines, etc
5.  printing
 a.  a thick strip of type metal that is less than type-high and is used for spacing
 b.  a similar strip carrying a type-high letter, used as a temporary mark by compositors
 c.  a metal strip containing a line of characters as produced by a linecaster
6.  a draught of a drink, esp an alcoholic one
7.  a magnetic core that is screwed into or out of an inductance coil to adjust the tuning of a radio frequency amplifier
 
[C17 (bullet), C19 (printing): perhaps from slug1, with allusion to the shape of the animal]

slug3 (slʌɡ)
 
vb , slugs, slugging, slugged
1.  to hit very hard and solidly, as in boxing
2.  (US), (Canadian) (intr) to plod as if through snow
3.  informal (Austral), (NZ) (tr) to charge (someone) an exorbitant price
4.  informal slug it out to fight, compete, or struggle with fortitude
 
n
5.  an act of slugging; heavy blow
6.  informal (Austral), (NZ) an exorbitant charge or price
 
[C19: perhaps from slug² (bullet)]

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Word Origin & History

slug
"shell-less land snail," 1704, originally "lazy person" (1408); related to sluggard.

slug
"lead bit," 1622, perhaps a special use of slug (1) with reference to its shape. Meaning "token or counterfeit coin" first recorded 1881; meaning "strong drink" first recorded 1756, perhaps from slang fire a slug "take a drink," though it also may be related to Ir. slog "swallow."

slug
"a hard blow," 1830, dialectal, perhaps related to slaughter, slay, etc. The verb is recorded from 1862. Slugger first recorded 1877; slugfest is from 1916.
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Example sentences for sluglike
A large green sluglike experiment with three spines on his back.
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