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slat1

[slat] /slæt/
noun
1.
a long thin, narrow strip of wood, metal, etc., used as a support for a bed, as one of the horizontal laths of a Venetian blind, etc.
2.
Aeronautics. a control surface along the leading edge of a wing that can be extended forward to create a gap (slot) to improve airflow.
3.
slats, Slang.
  1. the ribs.
  2. the buttocks.
  3. (initial capital letter) a nickname for a tall, slender man.
verb (used with object), slatted, slatting.
4.
to furnish or make with slats.
Origin of slat1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English sclat, slatt a slate < Middle French esclat splinter, fragment; see éclat

slat2

[slat] /slæt/ Chiefly British Dialect
verb (used with object), slatted, slatting.
1.
to throw or dash with force.
verb (used without object), slatted, slatting.
2.
to flap violently, as sails.
noun
3.
a slap; a sharp blow.
Origin
First recorded in 1815-25, slat is from the Old Norse word sletta to splash, strike
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  • Then she stomped round 'n' slat the dish-rag, but 't wa'n't no use.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • This shoot is tied to the central wire or slat and is now allowed to fruit.

  • Then she started back for the caves taking the slat of wood with her as a trophy.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • Signa asked permission to sleep on the slat lounge outside her door.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • He made the handle from the end of a slat on the bed in the room which I occupied that night.

    No Clue James Hay
  • Leopold and Stumpy had nothing to do but pull them in and "slat" them off as fast as they could.

    The Coming Wave Oliver Optic
  • One screw is used at each joint of a slat and shelf which calls for 32 screws in all.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • There was no mistake about it, for Mr. Hector Pellicoes card was nailed to a slat.

    Short Sixes H. C. Bunner
  • In the Danish, "slat" means to slop, and it is said, "He slat the water up and down."

  • "I do believe that old crow has a slat loose," reflected the trapper.

    Rayton: A Backwoods Mystery Theodore Goodridge Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for slat

slat1

/slæt/
noun
1.
a narrow thin strip of wood or metal, as used in a Venetian blind, etc
2.
a movable or fixed auxiliary aerofoil attached to the leading edge of an aircraft wing to increase lift, esp during landing and takeoff
verb slats, slatting, slatted
3.
(transitive) to provide with slats
Word Origin
C14: from Old French esclat splinter, from esclater to shatter

slat2

/slæt/
verb slats, slatting, slatted
1.
(transitive) to throw violently; fling carelessly
2.
(intransitive) to flap violently
noun
3.
a sudden blow
Word Origin
C13: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse, Icelandic sletta to slap

slat3

/slæt/
noun
1.
(Irish) a spent salmon
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for slat
n.

late 14c., earlier sclat (c.1300), "a roofing slate, a thin, flat stone," from Old French esclat "split piece, chip, splinter" (Modern French éclat), back-formation from esclater "to break, splinter, burst," probably from Frankish *slaitan "to tear, slit" or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German slizan, Old English slitan; see slit (v.)). Meaning "long, thin, narrow piece of wood or metal" attested from 1764.

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Slang definitions & phrases for slat

slat

noun

A ski (1960s+ Skiers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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