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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. (initial capital letter) 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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1350–1400; Middle English sclat, slatt a slate <Middle French esclat splinter, fragment; see éclat

Definition 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 1815–25, slat is from the Old Norse word sletta to splash, strike

Definition 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
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
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
C19: of uncertain origin
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