any of various snaillike terrestrial gastropods having no shell or only a rudimentary one, feeding on plants and a pest of leafy garden crops.
a metal disk used as a coin or token, generally counterfeit.
a piece of lead or other metal for firing from a gun.
any heavy piece of crude metal.
a thick strip of type metal less than type-high.
such a strip containing a type-high number or other character for temporary use.
a line of type in one piece, as produced by a Linotype.
Informal. a shot of liquor taken neat; belt.
Slang. a person who is lazy or slow-moving; sluggard.
a slow-moving animal, vehicle, or the like.
Also called catchline. a short phrase or title used to indicate the story content of newspaper or magazine copy.
the line of type carrying this information.
Metalworking. a small piece of metal ready for processing.
a gold coin of California, privately issued in 1849 and for some time after, worth 50 dollars.
Physics. a unit of mass, equivalent to approximately 32.2 pounds (15 kilograms) and having the property that a force of one pound acting upon a mass of this unit produces an acceleration of one foot per second per second.
an irregular projection or knob on the surface of yarn, usually produced by lint or by defects in weaving.
to make (corrections) by replacing entire lines of type, especially as set by a Linotype.
to check the lines of (typeset copy) against copy of the previous typesetting stage to ensure that no line has been omitted, especially before printing or plating.
Journalism. to furnish (copy) with a slug.
to interpolate pieces of metal into (a joint being welded).
- sluglike, adjective
Other definitions for slug (2 of 2)
to strike heavily; hit hard, especially with the fist.
to hit or drive (a baseball) very hard or a great distance.
to hit or be capable of hitting hard.
to trudge, fight, or push onward, as against obstacles or through mud or snow: The infantry slugged up the hill and dug in.
a hard blow or hit, especially with a fist or baseball bat.
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How to use slug in a sentence
Dressed in Jean Paul Gaultier, the cover is slugged with “Boy who shook the fashion world.”Kim Kardashian Apparently Has More Selling Power Than Kate Middleton; Tom Ford Wants To Raise His Kids in London | The Fashion Beast Team | January 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Gingrich strapped on his helmet, slugged down some sake, jumped in his Zero, and dive-bombed into the SS Romney.Money Changed Everything for Mitt Romney in Florida Primary | Paul Begala | February 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In her court declaration, Michelle Ghent Howard says her new husband “slugged” her in the face and neck.Terrence Howard’s Nasty Divorce: 11 Disturbing Claims in the Court File | Maria Elena Fernandez | January 9, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Perry and Romney slugged it out at CNN's debate—and Lone Star strategists Paul Begala and Mark McKinnon butt heads on the outcome.
McAdoo sorter reckoned as how likely he wus slugged, an' throwed overboard.The Devil's Own | Randall Parrish
Frank stepped in between his outstretched arms and slugged him squarely on top of the head with the telephone.Deadly City | Paul W. Fairman
Whence slugga and sluggera, a cavity in a river-bed into which the water is slugged or swallowed.English As We Speak It in Ireland | P. W. Joyce
Sometimes these men were pointed out to them, at other times they were given the names of the men that were to be slugged.Violence and the Labor Movement | Robert Hunter
Moreover, this result would require no use of force—no "slugging" of non-unionists, since there would be none to be slugged.Essentials of Economic Theory | John Bates Clark
British Dictionary definitions for slug (1 of 3)
any of various terrestrial gastropod molluscs of the genera Limax, Arion, etc, in which the body is elongated and the shell is absent or very much reduced: Compare sea slug Related adjective: limacine
any of various other invertebrates having a soft slimy body, esp the larvae of certain sawflies
informal, mainly US and Canadian a slow-moving or lazy person or animal
British Dictionary definitions for slug (2 of 3)
an fps unit of mass; the mass that will acquire an acceleration of 1 foot per second per second when acted upon by a force of 1 pound. 1 slug is approximately equal to 32.17 pounds
metallurgy a metal blank from which small forgings are worked
a bullet or pellet larger than a pellet of buckshot
mainly US and Canadian a metal token for use in slot machines, etc
a thick strip of type metal that is less than type-high and is used for spacing
a similar strip carrying a type-high letter, used as a temporary mark by compositors
a metal strip containing a line of characters as produced by a linecaster
a draught of a drink, esp an alcoholic one
a magnetic core that is screwed into or out of an inductance coil to adjust the tuning of a radio frequency amplifier
British Dictionary definitions for slug (3 of 3)
to hit very hard and solidly, as in boxing
(intr) US and Canadian to plod as if through snow
(tr) Australian and NZ informal to charge (someone) an exorbitant price
slug it out informal to fight, compete, or struggle with fortitude
an act of slugging; heavy blow
Australian and NZ informal an exorbitant charge or price
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