- 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.
verb (used with object), sliced, slic·ing.
verb (used without object), sliced, slic·ing.
- (of a player) to slice the ball.
- (of a ball) to describe a slice in flight.
Origin of slice
Examples from the Web for slice
Finding the shop is a trip in itself and an introduction to a slice of history.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech|Liza Foreman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The robots can slice through stone and rough out vast blocks of stone while the artisans are sleeping.
“There were moments when I was just really tempted to have a slice of pizza or a cheeseburger,” he says.Nick Jonas Is All Grown Up, Clutching His Penis and Everything|Kevin Fallon|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Good Lie should have been a slice of history, the likes of which never to be repeated.
If you drink a diet soda, are you more likely to give yourself permission to have a slice of cake later?
Put a slice of terrine de foie gras on top, garnish with peas au beurre and Julienne potatoes.
One slice of stale bread may be cut into cubes, fried in deep fat, and the croutons put in the soup.The Italian Cook Book|Maria Gentile
As she wished to slice them to fry, she rinsed the potatoes, rolled them on a clean cloth to dry them.
Dip in cold water, peel and slice into one-eighth to one-quarter inch slices.Every Step in Canning|Grace Viall Gray
Slice a head of lettuce and two leaves of tarragon very fine.
- 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
Word Origin for slice
c.1300, "a fragment," from Old French escliz "splinter, fragment" (Modern French éclisse), a back-formation from esclicier "to splinter, shatter, smash," from Frankish *slitan "to split" or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German slihhan; see slit (v.)). Meaning "piece cut from something" emerged early 15c. Meaning "a slicing stroke" (in golf, tennis) is recorded from 1886. Slice of life (1895) translates French tranche de la vie, a term from French Naturalist literature.
late 15c., from Middle French esclicier, from Old French escliz (see slice (n.)). Golfing sense is from 1890. Related: Sliced; slicing. Sliced bread introduced 1958; greatest thing since ... first attested 1969.
No matter how thick or how thin you slice it it's still baloney. [Carl Sandburg, "The People, Yes," 1936]
In addition to the subsequent idiom beginning with slice
- slice of the pie
- greatest thing since sliced bread
- no matter how you slice it