- a slash.
- sweeping; cutting.
- violent; severe: a slashing wind.
- dashing; impetuous.
- vivid; flashing; brilliant.
- Informal. very large or fine; splendid: a slashing fortune.
Origin of slashing
- to cut with a violent sweeping stroke or by striking violently and at random, as with a knife or sword.
- to lash; whip.
- to cut, reduce, or alter: The editors slashed the story to half its length.
- to make slits in (a garment) to show an underlying fabric.
- to criticize, censure, or attack in a savage or cutting manner.
- to lay about one with sharp, sweeping strokes; make one's way by cutting.
- to make a sweeping, cutting stroke.
- a sweeping stroke, as with a knife, sword, or pen.
- a cut, wound, or mark made with such a stroke.
- a curtailment, reduction, or alteration: a drastic slash of prices.
- a decorative slit in a garment showing an underlying fabric.
- a short oblique stroke (/) between two words indicating that whichever is appropriate may be chosen to complete the sense of the text in which they occur; a virgule: you and/or your dependents.
- a dividing line, as in dates, fractions, a run-in passage of poetry to show verse division, etc.; a virgule: She got 3/4 of the answers correct. “Sweetest love, I do not go/For weariness of thee.” (John Donne)
- (in forest land)
- an open area strewn with debris of trees from felling or from wind or fire.
- the debris itself.
- Slang. slash fiction.
Origin of slash1
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Examples from the Web for slashing
When she held onto her post, Perry followed through, slashing $7.5 million of funding over two years.Rick Perry’s Plan to Defang State Watchdog Unit
August 23, 2014
And then makes a slashing gesture across his throat and laughs.The Tragic Exodus of Iraq’s Christians
June 22, 2014
Forty-nine-year-old Elena brings a trembling hand to the bridge of her nose and makes a slashing movement across it.'In Cold Blood' in Ukraine
May 3, 2014
Erik Prince is not the kind of man one expects to make the case for slashing U.S. intelligence and military budgets.Blackwater Founder Erik Prince: War on Terror Has Become Too Big
November 19, 2013
In the acknowledgments, Zaicklas confesses a tendency to plant too many clues, and she thanks her editor for slashing them.This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 2, 2013
September 2, 2013
In the forests the loggers were tearing and slashing into all but the remnant of the 96 timber.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
Sail had been lowered by slashing away the ropes that held the yards.Captain Blood
“You and Mattawa are about through with that slashing contract,” he said.The Greater Power
A thrust, a slashing blow, and the Drilgo was weltering in his life-blood.
An instant later he was locked in the clutch of the yelling, slashing Apache.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
- aggressively or harshly critical (esp in the phrase slashing attack)
- to cut or lay about (a person or thing) with sharp sweeping strokes, as with a sword, knife, etc
- to lash with a whip
- to make large gashes into slash tyres
- to reduce (prices, etc) drastically
- mainly US to criticize harshly
- to slit (the outer fabric of a garment) so that the lining material is revealed
- to clear (scrub or undergrowth) by cutting
- a sharp, sweeping stroke, as with a sword or whip
- a cut or rent made by such a stroke
- a decorative slit in a garment revealing the lining material
- US and Canadian
- littered wood chips and broken branches that remain after trees have been cut down
- an area so littered
- Also called: diagonal, forward slash, separatrix, shilling mark, solidus, stroke, virgule a short oblique stroke used in text to separate items of information, such as days, months, and years in dates (18/7/80), alternative words (and/or), numerator from denominator in fractions (55/103), etc
- British slang the act of urinating (esp in the phrase have a slash)
- a genre of erotic fiction written by women, to appeal to women
Word Origin and History for slashing
1540s, "to cut with a stroke of a blade or whip;" 1650s, "to strike violently," perhaps from Middle French esclachier "to break," variant of esclater "to break, splinter" (see slat). Meaning "to clear land" (of trees) is from 1821, American English. In reference to prices, it is attested from 1906. Related: Slashed; slashing. Slash-and-burn for a method of clearing forest for cultivation is from 1919.
"a cutting stroke with a weapon," 1570s, from slash (v.); sense of "slit in a garment" is from 1610s; that of "open tract in a forest" is first attested 1825, American English. As a punctuation mark in writing or printing, it is recorded from 1961.