[ slahys ]
See synonyms for: slicesliced on

  1. a thin, flat piece cut from something: a slice of bread.

  2. a part, portion, or share: a slice of land.

  1. any of various implements with a thin, broad blade or part, as for turning food in a frying pan, serving fish at the table, or taking up printing ink; spatula.

  2. Sports.

    • the path described by a ball, as in baseball or golf, that curves in a direction corresponding to the side from which it was struck.

    • a ball describing such a path.

  3. Tennis. a stroke executed by hitting down on the ball with an underhand motion and thus creating backspin.

verb (used with object),sliced, slic·ing.
  1. to cut into slices; divide into parts.

  2. to cut through or cleave with or as if with a knife: The ship sliced the sea.

  1. to cut off or remove as a slice or slices (sometimes followed by off, away, from, etc.).

  2. to remove by means of a slice, slice bar, or similar implement.

  3. Sports. to hit (a ball) so as to result in a slice.

verb (used without object),sliced, slic·ing.
  1. to slice something.

  2. to admit of being sliced.

  1. Sports.

    • (of a player) to slice the ball.

    • (of a ball) to describe a slice in flight.

Origin of slice

1300–50; (noun) Middle English s(c)lice<Old French esclice, noun derivative of esclicer to split up <Frankish *slitjan, akin to Old English slītan,Old Norse slīta,Dutch slījten (see slit); (v.) late Middle English sklicen<Old French esclicer

Other words from slice

  • slice·a·ble, adjective
  • slic·ing·ly, adverb
  • pre·slice, verb (used with object), pre·sliced, pre·slic·ing.
  • un·sliced, adjective

Words Nearby slice Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use slice in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for slice


/ (slaɪs) /

  1. a thin flat piece cut from something having bulk: a slice of pork

  2. a share or portion: a slice of the company's revenue

  1. any of various utensils having a broad flat blade and resembling a spatula

  2. (in golf, tennis, etc)

    • the flight of a ball that travels obliquely because it has been struck off centre

    • the action of hitting such a shot

    • the shot so hit

  1. to divide or cut (something) into parts or slices

  2. (when intr, usually foll by through) to cut in a clean and effortless manner

  1. (when intr, foll by through) to move or go (through something) like a knife: the ship sliced through the water

  2. (usually foll by off, from, away, etc) to cut or be cut (from) a larger piece

  3. (tr) to remove by use of a slicing implement

  4. to hit (a ball) with a slice

  5. (tr) rowing to put the blade of the oar into (the water) slantwise

Origin of slice

C14: from Old French esclice a piece split off, from esclicier to splinter

Derived forms of slice

  • sliceable, adjective
  • slicer, noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with slice


In addition to the subsequent idiom beginning with slice

  • slice of the pie

also see:

  • greatest thing since sliced bread
  • no matter how you slice it

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.