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slurry

[slur-ee] /ˈslɜr i/
noun, plural slurries.
1.
a thin mixture of an insoluble substance, as cement, clay, or coal, with a liquid, as water or oil.
2.
Ceramics. a thin slip.
verb (used with object), slurried, slurrying.
3.
to prepare a suspension of (a solid in a liquid).
adjective
4.
of or pertaining to such a suspension.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English slory; perhaps akin to slur
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  • Mountaintop sites also create slurry ponds-artificial lakes that hold the byproducts of coal processing and that sometimes fail.
  • Then the pieces were dipped into a vat of ceramic slurry-a suspension of silica flour and liquefied plastic.
  • Together they came up with a slurry of a few species of lichens and mixed in some protein.
  • The slurry would be injected into the jet, carrying the particles away in the ascending heated air.
  • When houses are dismantled, the ground on which they stand is transported through slurry pipes to the new location.
  • It took ten days' effort before it was finally plugged, with cement slurry.
  • When manure is stored as liquid or slurry in ponds or tanks, it releases methane.
  • There are many examples of toxic materials, from pig manure to coal slurry, flooding communities.
  • The rumbling of a building-sized slurry machine soon filled the air.
  • But with some time and patience, all that tech slurry can be taken in and digested.
British Dictionary definitions for slurry

slurry

/ˈslʌrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
a suspension of solid particles in a liquid, as in a mixture of cement, clay, coal dust, manure, meat, etc with water
Word Origin
C15 slory; see slur
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Word Origin and History for slurry
n.

mid-15c., "mud, slime, semi-fluid mix of water and dirt or clay," probably related to Middle English sloor "thin or fluid mud" (see slur (n.)).

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