slatting

[slat-ing]

Origin of slatting

First recorded in 1525–35; slat1 + -ing1

slat

1
[slat]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. Aeronautics. a control surface along the leading edge of a wing that can be extended forward to create a gap (slot) to improve airflow.
  3. 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.
  1. to furnish or make with slats

Origin of slat

1
1350–1400; Middle English sclat, slatt a slate < Middle French esclat splinter, fragment; see éclat

slat

2
[slat]Chiefly British Dialect
verb (used with object), slat·ted, slat·ting.
  1. to throw or dash with force.
verb (used without object), slat·ted, slat·ting.
  1. to flap violently, as sails.
noun
  1. a slap; a sharp blow.

Origin of slat

2
First recorded in 1815–25, slat is from the Old Norse word sletta to splash, strike
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Examples from the Web for slatting

Historical Examples of slatting

  • Presently the square canvas was all a-shiver, slatting furiously and causing the ship to tremble to her keel.

    A Middy of the King

    Harry Collingwood

  • It caught in the folds of the sails and came down upon their heads in little torrents with the slatting of the canvas.

    Jack Harvey's Adventures

    Ruel Perley Smith

  • "There's a good bunch of wind in that cloud," he said, springing to help his companion with the slatting main-sail.

    The Price

    Francis Lynde

  • Sure, be looking at his stride and his habit of slatting people over the head, and his grand manners with his food.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • He could see nothing through the porthole save a dark blur, but he heard the creaking of cordage and the slatting of sails.

    The Sun Of Quebec

    Joseph A. Altsheler


British Dictionary definitions for slatting

slat

1
noun
  1. a narrow thin strip of wood or metal, as used in a Venetian blind, etc
  2. 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
  1. (tr) to provide with slats

Word Origin for slat

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

slat

2
verb slats, slatting or slatted
  1. (tr) to throw violently; fling carelessly
  2. (intr) to flap violently
noun
  1. a sudden blow

Word Origin for slat

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

slat

3
noun
  1. Irish a spent salmon

Word Origin for slat

C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for slatting

slat

n.

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.

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