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[slahys] /slaɪs/
a thin, flat piece cut from something:
a slice of bread.
a part, portion, or share:
a slice of land.
any of various implements with a thin, broad blade or part, as for turning food in a frying pan, serving fish at the table, or taking up printing ink; spatula.
  1. the path described by a ball, as in baseball or golf, that curves in a direction corresponding to the side from which it was struck.
  2. a ball describing such a path.
Tennis. a stroke executed by hitting down on the ball with an underhand motion and thus creating backspin.
verb (used with object), sliced, slicing.
to cut into slices; divide into parts.
to cut through or cleave with or as if with a knife:
The ship sliced the sea.
to cut off or remove as a slice or slices (sometimes followed by off, away, from, etc.).
to remove by means of a slice, slice bar, or similar implement.
Sports. to hit (a ball) so as to result in a slice.
verb (used without object), sliced, slicing.
to slice something.
to admit of being sliced.
  1. (of a player) to slice the ball.
  2. (of a ball) to describe a slice in flight.
Origin of slice
1300-50; (noun) Middle English s(c)lice < Old French esclice, noun derivative of esclicer to split up < Frankish *slitjan, akin to Old English slītan, Old Norse slīta, Dutch slījten (see slit); (v.) late Middle English sklicen < Old French esclicer
Related forms
sliceable, adjective
slicingly, adverb
preslice, verb (used with object), presliced, preslicing.
unsliced, adjective Unabridged
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  • While passing through these villages, for my share, I received an apple and a slice of white bread and sauce.

    My First Campaign J. W. Grant
  • Put a slice of potato in the deep fat when frying doughnuts.

  • You bring the cold mutton in here, and let me have a slice or two.'

    Girls New and Old L. T. Meade
  • The guest who cuts off the slice containing the ring will be married first.

    Games For All Occasions Mary E. Blain
  • My dear madam, I shall scarcely care to look at any slice of victuals until one o'clock on Sunday, by reason of looking forward.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for slice


a thin flat piece cut from something having bulk: a slice of pork
a share or portion: a slice of the company's revenue
any of various utensils having a broad flat blade and resembling a spatula
(in golf, tennis, etc)
  1. the flight of a ball that travels obliquely because it has been struck off centre
  2. the action of hitting such a shot
  3. the shot so hit
to divide or cut (something) into parts or slices
when intr, usually foll by through. to cut in a clean and effortless manner
when intr, foll by through. to move or go (through something) like a knife: the ship sliced through the water
usually foll by off, from, away, etc. to cut or be cut (from) a larger piece
(transitive) to remove by use of a slicing implement
to hit (a ball) with a slice
(transitive) (rowing) to put the blade of the oar into (the water) slantwise
Derived Forms
sliceable, adjective
slicer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French esclice a piece split off, from esclicier to splinter
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Word Origin and History for slice

c.1300, "a fragment," from Old French escliz "splinter, fragment" (Modern French éclisse), a back-formation from esclicier "to splinter, shatter, smash," from Frankish *slitan "to split" or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German slihhan; see slit (v.)). Meaning "piece cut from something" emerged early 15c. Meaning "a slicing stroke" (in golf, tennis) is recorded from 1886. Slice of life (1895) translates French tranche de la vie, a term from French Naturalist literature.


late 15c., from Middle French esclicier, from Old French escliz (see slice (n.)). Golfing sense is from 1890. Related: Sliced; slicing. Sliced bread introduced 1958; greatest thing since ... first attested 1969.

No matter how thick or how thin you slice it it's still baloney. [Carl Sandburg, "The People, Yes," 1936]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for slice



A portion or share; piece: Five grand wouldn't get you a slice of her (1550+)

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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Idioms and Phrases with slice


In addition to the subsequent idiom beginning with
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