- a fine-grained rock formed by the metamorphosis of clay, shale, etc., that tends to split along parallel cleavage planes, usually at an angle to the planes of stratification.
- a thin piece or plate of this rock or a similar material, used especially for roofing or as a writing surface.
- a dull, dark bluish gray.
- a list of candidates, officers, etc., to be considered for nomination, appointment, election, or the like.
- to cover with or as with slate.
- to write or set down for nomination or appointment: the district leader slated for city judge.
- to plan or designate (something) for a particular place and time; schedule: The premiere was slated for January.
- to censure or criticize harshly or violently; scold.
- to punish severely.
- clean slate, an unsullied record; a record marked by creditable conduct: to start over with a clean slate.
Origin of slate1
- to sic or set a dog on (a person or animal).
Origin of slate2
Examples from the Web for slated
Block 3F is slated for release in 2019, but who knows how much that will slip?New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
The new trail is slated for February, which happens to be around the time the eagles will likely be starting another brood.He Faces Jail for Rescuing Baby Eagles
November 2, 2014
Paul is slated to deliver a “big speech” on foreign policy in mid-October at the National Defense University.Rand Paul vs. the Real World
September 10, 2014
In fact, he has axed the sub-group of the project that was slated to work on the cognitive level.The Science Community’s Fight Over an Artificial Brain
July 10, 2014
Once slated to be released this fall, The Problem with Christianity now has no publication date scheduled.Megachurch Star Mark Driscoll’s Publishing Downfall
June 30, 2014
As the Judge had said, his client was conceded to be slated for conviction.David Dunne
Belle Kanaris Maniates
He is a professor of canonical law and slated for a German bishopric.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
Like as not I'm slated to be one of the biggest Hallowe'en victims.The Grammar School Boys of Gridley
H. Irving Hancock
He had taken a slated, one-storied cottage in the heart of the village.My New Curate
I was slated for out here—the recuperation hospital at Denver.The White Desert
Courtney Ryley Cooper
- a compact fine-grained metamorphic rock formed by the effects of heat and pressure on shale. It can be split into thin layers along natural cleavage planes and is used as a roofing and paving material
- (as modifier)a slate tile
- a roofing tile of slate
- (formerly) a writing tablet of slate
- a dark grey colour, often with a purplish or bluish tinge
- mainly US and Canadian a list of candidates in an election
- the reference information written on a clapperboard
- informalthe clapperboard itself
- clean slate a record without dishonour
- have a slate loose British and Irish informal to be eccentric or crazy
- on the slate British informal on credit
- wipe the slate clean informal to make a fresh start, esp by forgetting past differences
- to cover (a roof) with slates
- mainly US to enter (a person's name) on a list, esp on a political slate
- to choose or destinehe was slated to go far
- to plan or schedulethe trial is slated to begin in three weeks
- of the colour slate
- to criticize harshly; censure
- to punish or defeat severely
Word Origin and History for slated
mid-14c., from Old French esclate, fem. of esclat "split piece, splinter" (Modern French éclat; see slat), so called because the rock splits easily into thin plates. As an adjective, 1510s. As a color, first recorded 1813. Sense of "a writing tablet" (made of slate), first recorded late 14c., led to that of "list of preliminary candidates prepared by party managers," first recorded 1842, from notion of being easily altered or erased. Clean slate (1856) is an image from customer accounts chalked up in a tavern.
1520s, "to cover with slates" (earlier sclatten, late 15c.), from slate (n.). Meaning "propose, schedule" is from 1883; earlier "to nominate" (1804); the notion is of writing on a slate board. Related: Slated; slating.
- 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.