Un slating


the act or work of covering something with slates.
materials for roofing with slates.

1565–75; slate1 + -ing1

unslating, adjective
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slating1 (ˈsleɪtɪŋ)
1.  the act or process of laying slates
2.  slates collectively, or material for making slates

slating2 (ˈsleɪtɪŋ)
informal chiefly (Brit) a severe reprimand or critical attack

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Word Origin & History

c.1340, from O.Fr. esclate, fem. of esclat "split piece, splinter" (Fr. éclat, see slat), so called because the rock splits easily into thin plates. As a color, first recorded 1882. Sense of "a writing tablet" (made of slate), first recorded c.1391, led to that of "list
of candidates," first recorded 1842. The verb meaning "propose, schedule" is recorded from 1883; sense of "nominate" is attested from 1804. Clean slate (1868) originally referred to scores chalked up in a tavern.
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slate   (slāt)  Pronunciation Key 
A fine-grained metamorphic rock that forms when shale undergoes metamorphosis. Slate splits into thin layers with smooth surfaces. It ranges in color from gray to black or from red to green, depending on the minerals contained in the shale from which it formed.
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