- slashdot effect,
- slasher movie,
- slat back,
Origin of slashing
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.
Origin of slash1
Examples from the Web for slashing
When she held onto her post, Perry followed through, slashing $7.5 million of funding over two years.
And then makes a slashing gesture across his throat and laughs.
Forty-nine-year-old Elena brings a trembling hand to the bridge of her nose and makes a slashing movement across it.
Erik Prince is not the kind of man one expects to make the case for slashing U.S. intelligence and military budgets.Blackwater Founder Erik Prince: War on Terror Has Become Too Big|Eli Lake|November 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In the acknowledgments, Zaicklas confesses a tendency to plant too many clues, and she thanks her editor for slashing them.
At the head walked the beadle, slashing about at the little boys.Stories of Comedy|Various
She whipped him with her questions as though she was slashing his face.The Research Magnificent|H. G. Wells
There was a confused mle of rearing horses, men leaning in the saddle, firing with pistols and slashing with sabres.In Hostile Red|Joseph Altsheler
Jimmie Ben, slashing heavily, regardless of injury to himself or any others, had edged the ball toward the Twentieth left.Glengarry Schooldays|Ralph Connor
Peace here, if possible; skins were not made for mere slitting and slashing!
- 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.