- to turn (a mast or other spar) around on its own axis, or without removing it from its place.
- to swing around.
- to turn about; swing around.
- the act of sluing.
- a position slued to.
Origin of slue1
- a large number or quantity: a whole slew of people.
Origin of slew2
Examples from the Web for slues
He has dropped it now, and he slues his gun into position—but with one arm only!With Haig on the Somme
D. H. Parry
- a variant spelling (esp US) of slew 2
- a variant spelling of slough 1 (def. 2)
- US informal a variant spelling of slew 4
- the past tense of slay
esp US slue
- to twist or be twisted sideways, esp awkwardlyhe slewed around in his chair
- nautical to cause (a mast) to rotate in its step or (of a mast) to rotate in its step
- the act of slewing
- a variant spelling (esp US) of slough 1 (def. 2)
- informal, mainly US and Canadian a great number or amount; a lot
Word Origin and History for slues
"swampy place," 1708, North American variant of slough.
"to turn, swing, twist," 1834, earlier slue (1769), a nautical word, of unknown origin. Slewed (1801) is old nautical slang for "drunk." Slew-foot "clumsy person who walks with feet turned out" is from 1896.
"large number," 1839, from Irish sluagh "a host, crowd, multitude," from Celtic and Balto-Slavic *sloug- "help, service" (see slogan).