verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- a short oblique stroke (/) between two words indicating that whichever is appropriate may be chosen to complete the sense of the text in which they occur; a virgule: you and/or your dependents.
- a dividing line, as in dates, fractions, a run-in passage of poetry to show verse division, etc.; a virgule: She got 3/4 of the answers correct. “Sweetest love, I do not go/For weariness of thee.” (John Donne)
- an open area strewn with debris of trees from felling or from wind or fire.
- the debris itself.
- slapped-cheek disease,
- slash and burn,
- slash fiction,
- slash pine,
- slash pocket,
Origin of slash1
Origin of slash2
Examples from the Web for slash
For example, they slash the faces of female bar owners who refuse to pay protection money.
“House Republicans slash funding that would help fight Ebola,” thundered Salon.
Another thing about planet tea party: Its occupants still want to slash government spending by massive amounts.
I would have added “no photographs of meditative politicians walking on the shore” with a slash though a silhouette of JFK.
Police say he continued to stab and slash as he returned to the hallway, causing other students to stampede away from him.Thank God the Murrysville School Attack Wasn’t Guns|Michael Daly|April 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"By science," said Miss Miniver, and hurried on, putting out a rhetorical hand that showed a slash of finger through its glove.Ann Veronica|H. G. Wells
He is not himself at all and he is going to slash your tires if you pass that rope, Mr. Swiper.Pee-wee Harris on the Trail|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Weedon Scott had believed that he was quick enough to avoid any snap or slash.White Fang|Jack London
Should they break through our barricades, slash at the horses with your scythes.Micah Clarke|Arthur Conan Doyle
Powerful as a small tank, the killer robot was equipped to crush, slash, and burn its way through undergrowth.Survival Tactics|Al Sevcik
- littered wood chips and broken branches that remain after trees have been cut down
- an area so littered
Word Origin for slash
1540s, "to cut with a stroke of a blade or whip;" 1650s, "to strike violently," perhaps from Middle French esclachier "to break," variant of esclater "to break, splinter" (see slat). Meaning "to clear land" (of trees) is from 1821, American English. In reference to prices, it is attested from 1906. Related: Slashed; slashing. Slash-and-burn for a method of clearing forest for cultivation is from 1919.
"a cutting stroke with a weapon," 1570s, from slash (v.); sense of "slit in a garment" is from 1610s; that of "open tract in a forest" is first attested 1825, American English. As a punctuation mark in writing or printing, it is recorded from 1961.