verb (used with object), slabbed, slab·bing.
- slab dashing,
- slab plastering,
- slab top,
- slab track,
Origin of slab1
adjective Scot. and North England.
Origin of slab2
Examples from the Web for slab
In Ferguson, Missouri, the bullet-ridden body of Michael Brown lies on a slab somewhere, and his parents await justice, and mourn.
A group of Bolivian miners must have received the shock of their lives when they uncovered a slab with 5,055 gigantic footprints.
After the rain ended, we took a bottle of wine to a slab of granite rock just beyond camp for a sundowner.Walking With Wildebeests: Exploring the Serengeti on Foot|Joanna Eede|July 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The school—a slab of concrete, surrounded by a perimeter of depilated classrooms—resembles a prison.
This glamorous: The party took place in a suite of conference rooms in a 1970s-vintage slab concrete hotel in Birmingham.How To Fix America’s Dull, Corrupt Political Conventions|David Frum|August 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But grander he is as he lies in the majesty of death behind that slab.Valeria|William Henry Withrow
"We took others that did not belong to the slab," said the Doctor.Adventures in Many Lands|Various
Scott, with all his glory and his monuments in other places, has not even a slab bearing his name laid upon his breast.
It was as if a slab of rock fitted roughly into grooves had first been lifted, and had then fallen heavily on to the crowbar.It Happened in Egypt|C. N. Williamson
They swung as easily as if hung upon hinges, and when closed a slab of stone came down to bar them.Pharaoh's Broker|Ellsworth Douglass
verb slabs, slabbing or slabbed (tr)
Word Origin for slab
late 13c., "large, flat mass," of unknown origin, possibly related to Old French escopel, escalpe "thin fragment of wood," which according to Klein is possibly a Gaulish word (cf. Breton scolp, Welsh ysgolp "splinter, chip"). But OED rejects this on formal grounds. Meaning "rectangular block of pre-cast concrete used in building" is from 1927. Slab-sided is "having flat sides like slabs," hence "tall and lank" (1817, American English).