- any of various snaillike terrestrial gastropods having no shell or only a rudimentary one, feeding on plants and a pest of leafy garden crops.
- a nudibranch.
- a metal disk used as a coin or token, generally counterfeit.
- a piece of lead or other metal for firing from a gun.
- any heavy piece of crude metal.
- a thick strip of type metal less than type-high.
- such a strip containing a type-high number or other character for temporary use.
- a line of type in one piece, as produced by a Linotype.
- Informal. a shot of liquor taken neat; belt.
- Slang. a person who is lazy or slow-moving; sluggard.
- a slow-moving animal, vehicle, or the like.
- Also called catchline.a short phrase or title used to indicate the story content of newspaper or magazine copy.
- the line of type carrying this information.
- Metalworking. a small piece of metal ready for processing.
- a gold coin of California, privately issued in 1849 and for some time after, worth 50 dollars.
- Physics. a unit of mass, equivalent to approximately 32.2 pounds (15 kg) and having the property that a force of one pound acting upon a mass of this unit produces an acceleration of one foot per second per second.
- an irregular projection or knob on the surface of yarn, usually produced by lint or by defects in weaving.
- to make (corrections) by replacing entire lines of type, especially as set by a Linotype.
- to check the lines of (typeset copy) against copy of the previous typesetting stage to ensure that no line has been omitted, especially before printing or plating.
- Journalism. to furnish (copy) with a slug.
- to interpolate pieces of metal into (a joint being welded).
Origin of slug1
- to strike heavily; hit hard, especially with the fist.
- to hit or drive (a baseball) very hard or a great distance.
- to hit or be capable of hitting hard.
- to trudge, fight, or push onward, as against obstacles or through mud or snow: The infantry slugged up the hill and dug in.
- a hard blow or hit, especially with a fist or baseball bat.
- slug it out,
- to fight, especially with fists, until a decisive victory has been achieved.
- to succeed or survive by constant and intense struggle.
Origin of slug2
Examples from the Web for slug
One night, he pumped a slug from a .357 magnum into the chest of his bass player (who lived to sue).The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
Now Lean over And slug Bruce for me, As I follow up With a hug for him Next time I see him.The Poems of Sarah Palin
June 20, 2011
It wasn't like he was like the slug who came from nowhere exactly.Top Chef's Surprise Finish
September 15, 2010
When a slug is encouraged to slime its way down a narrow cul-de-sac, how does it beat a retreat?Best of Brit Lit
July 24, 2009
He grimaces and takes a slug of coffee to get him through the horror of the thought.Revenge of the Wallflower
June 23, 2009
But the slug instead of dropping the bear served only to enrage him.The Mountain Divide
Frank H. Spearman
One barrel was loaded with a heavy charge of buckshot, and the other with a slug.The Boy Settlers
Limaciform: having the form of a Limax or slug; said of larvae.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
He'd have to hunt him up, the next day or so, and slug it out with him.Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
I don't believe that was an Armstrong slug, though: it acted too sort of lazy.Left on Labrador
Charles Asbury Stephens
- any of various terrestrial gastropod molluscs of the genera Limax, Arion, etc, in which the body is elongated and the shell is absent or very much reducedCompare sea slug Related adjective: limacine
- any of various other invertebrates having a soft slimy body, esp the larvae of certain sawflies
- informal, mainly US and Canadian a slow-moving or lazy person or animal
- an fps unit of mass; the mass that will acquire an acceleration of 1 foot per second per second when acted upon by a force of 1 pound. 1 slug is approximately equal to 32.17 pounds
- metallurgy a metal blank from which small forgings are worked
- a bullet or pellet larger than a pellet of buckshot
- mainly US and Canadian a metal token for use in slot machines, etc
- a thick strip of type metal that is less than type-high and is used for spacing
- a similar strip carrying a type-high letter, used as a temporary mark by compositors
- a metal strip containing a line of characters as produced by a linecaster
- a draught of a drink, esp an alcoholic one
- a magnetic core that is screwed into or out of an inductance coil to adjust the tuning of a radio frequency amplifier
- to hit very hard and solidly, as in boxing
- (intr) US and Canadian to plod as if through snow
- (tr) Australian and NZ informal to charge (someone) an exorbitant price
- slug it out informal to fight, compete, or struggle with fortitude
- an act of slugging; heavy blow
- Australian and NZ informal an exorbitant charge or price
Word Origin and History for slug
"shell-less land snail," 1704, originally "lazy person" (early 15c.); related to sluggard.
"lead bit," 1620s, perhaps a special use of slug (n.1), perhaps on some supposed resemblance. Meaning "token or counterfeit coin" first recorded 1881; meaning "strong drink" first recorded 1756, perhaps from slang fire a slug "take a drink," though it also may be related to Irish slog "swallow." Journalism sense is from 1925, originally a short guideline for copy editors at the head of a story.
"deliver a hard blow with the fist," 1862, from slug (n.3). Related: Slugged; slugging. Slugging-match is from 1878.