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slatting

[slat-ing]
noun
  1. the act of furnishing with or making from slats.
  2. a number of slats, taken as a whole.
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Origin of slatting

First recorded in 1525–35; slat1 + -ing1

slat1

[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.
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verb (used with object), slat·ted, slat·ting.
  1. to furnish or make with slats
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Origin of slat1

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

slat2

[slat]Chiefly British Dialect
verb (used with object), slat·ted, slat·ting.
  1. to throw or dash with force.
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verb (used without object), slat·ted, slat·ting.
  1. to flap violently, as sails.
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noun
  1. a slap; a sharp blow.
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Origin of slat2

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

  • 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

slat1

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
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verb slats, slatting or slatted
  1. (tr) to provide with slats
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Word Origin

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

slat2

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

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

slat3

noun
  1. Irish a spent salmon
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Word Origin

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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