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slat

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[ slat ]
/ slæt /
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noun
a long thin, narrow strip of wood, metal, etc., used as a support for a bed, as one of the horizontal laths of a Venetian blind, etc.
Aeronautics. a control surface along the leading edge of a wing that can be extended forward to create a gap (slot ) to improve airflow.
slats, Slang.
  1. the ribs.
  2. the buttocks.
  3. Slats, a nickname for a tall, slender man.
verb (used with object), slat·ted, slat·ting.
to furnish or make with slats
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Origin of slat

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English sclat, slat(te “a roofing tile, slate,” from Middle French esclat “splinter, chip”; see origin at éclat

Other definitions for slat (2 of 3)

slat2
[ slat ]
/ slæt /
Chiefly British Dialect

verb (used with object), slat·ted, slat·ting.
to throw or dash with force.
verb (used without object), slat·ted, slat·ting.
to flap violently, as sails.
noun
a slap; a sharp blow.

Origin of slat

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First recorded in 1200–50; of obscure origin; possibly from Old Norse sletta “to slap, splash”

Other definitions for slat (3 of 3)

S. Lat.

abbreviation
south latitude.
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British Dictionary definitions for slat (1 of 3)

slat1
/ (slæt) /

noun
a narrow thin strip of wood or metal, as used in a Venetian blind, etc
a movable or fixed auxiliary aerofoil attached to the leading edge of an aircraft wing to increase lift, esp during landing and takeoff
verb slats, slatting or slatted
(tr) to provide with slats

Word Origin for slat

C14: from Old French esclat splinter, from esclater to shatter

British Dictionary definitions for slat (2 of 3)

slat2
/ (slæt) dialect /

verb slats, slatting or slatted
(tr) to throw violently; fling carelessly
(intr) to flap violently
noun
a sudden blow

Word Origin for slat

C13: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse, Icelandic sletta to slap

British Dictionary definitions for slat (3 of 3)

slat3
/ (slæt) /

noun
Irish a spent salmon

Word Origin for slat

C19: of uncertain origin
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