- 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
Related Words for slicechop, wedge, portion, sliver, shave, cleave, divide, hack, slit, shred, split, slash, strip, carve, sever, cut, bite, quota, helping, part
Examples from the Web for slice
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 6, 2015
The robots can slice through stone and rough out vast blocks of stone while the artisans are sleeping.Damien Hirst’s Army of Geppettos
December 2, 2014
“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
October 8, 2014
The Good Lie should have been a slice of history, the likes of which never to be repeated.‘The Good Lie’ and the Hard Truths of South Sudan
October 3, 2014
If you drink a diet soda, are you more likely to give yourself permission to have a slice of cake later?Are Artificial Sweeteners Wrecking Your Diet?
September 30, 2014
Historical Examples of slice
Come, man, you must be as hungry as a hawk—a slice of the beef?Night and Morning, Complete
In carving a round of beef, slice it horizontally and very thin.
When they are quite tender all through, take them out, and drain and slice them.
Peel, slice them, and fry them brown in butter or nice dripping.
Quarter the cabbage lengthways, and then slice it crossways.
- 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