- 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.
- the ribs.
- the buttocks.
- (initial capital letter)a nickname for a tall, slender man.
- to furnish or make with slats
Origin of slat1
- to throw or dash with force.
- to flap violently, as sails.
- a slap; a sharp blow.
Origin of slat2
Examples from the Web for slat
Then she stomped round 'n' slat the dish-rag, but 't wa'n't no use.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
This shoot is tied to the central wire or slat and is now allowed to fruit.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
Then she started back for the caves taking the slat of wood with her as a trophy.The Beach of Dreams
H. De Vere Stacpoole
Signa asked permission to sleep on the slat lounge outside her door.O Pioneers!
He made the handle from the end of a slat on the bed in the room which I occupied that night.No Clue
- 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
- (tr) to provide with slats
- (tr) to throw violently; fling carelessly
- (intr) to flap violently
- a sudden blow
- Irish a spent salmon
Word Origin and History for slat
late 14c., earlier sclat (c.1300), "a roofing slate, a thin, flat stone," from Old French esclat "split piece, chip, splinter" (Modern French éclat), back-formation from esclater "to break, splinter, burst," probably from Frankish *slaitan "to tear, slit" or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German slizan, Old English slitan; see slit (v.)). Meaning "long, thin, narrow piece of wood or metal" attested from 1764.