slate

1
[ sleyt ]
/ sleɪt /

noun

verb (used with object), slat·ed, slat·ing.

Idioms for slate

    clean slate, an unsullied record; a record marked by creditable conduct: to start over with a clean slate.

Origin of slate

1
1300–50; Middle English sclate < Middle French esclate, feminine of esclat piece split off; see slat1

Definition for slate (2 of 2)

slate2
[ sleyt ]
/ sleɪt /

verb (used with object), slat·ed, slat·ing. British.

to sic or set a dog on (a person or animal).

Origin of slate

2
1300–50; Middle English slayten < Old Norse *sleita; cognate with Old English slǣtan
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British Dictionary definitions for slate (1 of 2)

slate1
/ (sleɪt) /

noun

verb (tr)

adjective

of the colour slate

Word Origin for slate

C14: from Old French esclate, from esclat a fragment; see slat 1

British Dictionary definitions for slate (2 of 2)

slate2
/ (sleɪt) /

verb (tr) informal, mainly British

to criticize harshly; censure
to punish or defeat severely

Word Origin for slate

C19: probably from slate 1
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Science definitions for slate

slate
[ slāt ]

A fine-grained metamorphic rock that forms when shale undergoes metamorphosis. Slate splits into thin layers with smooth surfaces. It ranges in color from gray to black or from red to green, depending on the minerals contained in the shale from which it formed.
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Idioms and Phrases with slate

slate

In addition to the idiom beginning with slate

  • slated for, be

also see:

  • clean slate
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