[ slahym ]
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  1. thin, glutinous mud.

  2. any ropy or viscous liquid matter, especially of a foul kind.

  1. a viscous secretion of animal or vegetable origin.

  2. Also called slime·ball [slahym-bawl]. /ˈslaɪmˌbɔl/. Slang. a repulsive or despicable person.

verb (used with object),slimed, slim·ing.
  1. to cover or smear with or as if with slime.

  2. to remove slime from, as fish for canning.

Origin of slime

before 1000; Middle English slyme,Old English slīm; cognate with Dutch slijm,German Schleim,Old Norse slīm

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How to use slime in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for slime


/ (slaɪm) /

  1. soft thin runny mud or filth

  2. any moist viscous fluid, esp when noxious or unpleasant

  1. a mucous substance produced by various organisms, such as fish, slugs, and fungi

  1. to cover with slime

  2. to remove slime from (fish) before canning

Origin of slime

Old English slīm; related to Old Norse slīm, Old High German slīmen to smooth, Russian slimák snail, Latin līmax snail

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Scientific definitions for slime


[ slīm ]

  1. A slippery or sticky mucous substance secreted by certain animals, such as slugs or snails.

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