Definitions for slatesleɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

slatesleɪt(n.; v.)slat•ed, slat•ing.

  1. (n.)a fine-grained rock formed by the metamorphosis of clay, shale, etc., that tends to split along parallel cleavage planes, usu. at an angle to the planes of stratification.

    Category: Petrology

  2. a thin piece or plate of this rock or a similar material, used esp. for roofing or as a writing surface.

    Category: Petrology

  3. a dull, dark bluish gray.

  4. a list of candidates, officers, etc., to be considered for nomination, appointment, or election.

    Category: Government

  5. (v.t.)to cover with or as if with slate.

  6. to write or set down for nomination or appointment.

    Category: Government

  7. to plan or designate (something) for a particular place and time; schedule.

Idioms for slate:

  1. clean slate,an unsullied record; a record marked by creditable conduct.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of slate:

1300–50; < MF esclat splinter; see slat1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. slate(noun)

    (formerly) a writing tablet made of slate

  2. slate, slating(noun)

    thin layers of rock used for roofing

  3. slate(noun)

    a fine-grained metamorphic rock that can be split into thin layers

  4. slate, ticket(verb)

    a list of candidates nominated by a political party to run for election to public offices

  5. slate(verb)

    designate or schedule

    "He slated his talk for 9 AM"; "She was slated to be his successor"

  6. slate(verb)

    enter on a list or slate for an election

    "He was slated for borough president"

  7. slate(verb)

    cover with slate

    "slate the roof"


  1. slate(Noun)

    A fine-grained homogeneous sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash which has been metamorphosed so that it cleaves easily into thin layers.

  2. slate(Noun)

    A sheet of slate for writing on with chalk.

  3. slate(Noun)

    A tile made of slate.

  4. slate(Noun)

    A record of money owed.

    Put it on my slate u2013 Iu2019ll pay you next week.

  5. slate(Noun)

    A list of affiliated candidates for an election.

    Roy Disney led the alternative slate of directors for the stockholder vote.

  6. slate(Verb)

    To cover with slate.

    The old church ledgers show that the roof was slated in 1775.

  7. slate(Verb)

    To criticise harshly.

    The play was slated by the critics.

  8. slate(Verb)

    To schedule.

    The election was slated for November 2nd.

  9. slate(Verb)

    To destine or strongly expect.

    The next version of our software is slated to be the best release ever.

  10. slate(Verb)

    To punish severely.

    The boy was slated by his own mom for disobeying her.

  11. slate(Adjective)

    Having the bluish-grey/gray colour/color of slate.

  12. Origin: From esclate (French éclat).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slate(verb)

    an argillaceous rock which readily splits into thin plates; argillite; argillaceous schist

  2. Slate(verb)

    any rock or stone having a slaty structure

  3. Slate(verb)

    a prepared piece of such stone

  4. Slate(verb)

    a thin, flat piece, for roofing or covering houses, etc

  5. Slate(verb)

    a tablet for writing upon

  6. Slate(verb)

    an artificial material, resembling slate, and used for the above purposes

  7. Slate(verb)

    a thin plate of any material; a flake

  8. Slate(verb)

    a list of candidates, prepared for nomination or for election; a list of candidates, or a programme of action, devised beforehand

  9. Slate(verb)

    to cover with slate, or with a substance resembling slate; as, to slate a roof; to slate a globe

  10. Slate(verb)

    to register (as on a slate and subject to revision), for an appointment

  11. Slate(verb)

    to set a dog upon; to bait; to slat. See 2d Slat, 3


  1. Slate

    Slate is a fine-grained, foliated, homogeneous metamorphic rock derived from an original shale-type sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash through low-grade regional metamorphism. It is the finest grained foliated metamorphic rock. Foliation may not correspond to the original sedimentary layering, but instead is in planes perpendicular to the direction of metamorphic compression. The very strong foliation is called "slaty cleavage". It is caused by strong compression causing fine grained clay flakes to regrow in planes perpendicular to the compression. When expertly "cut" by striking parallel to the foliation, with a specialized tool in the quarry, many slates will form smooth flat sheets of stone which have long been used for roofing and floor tiles and other purposes. Slate is frequently grey in color, especially when seen, en masse, covering roofs. However, slate occurs in a variety of colors even from a single locality; for example, slate from North Wales can be found in many shades of grey, from pale to dark, and may also be purple, green or cyan. Slate is not to be confused with shale, from which it may be formed, or schist. Ninety percent of Europe's natural slate used for roofing originates from Spain.

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'slate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3966

Anagrams of slate

  1. astel, lates, least, leats, salet, setal, stale, steal, stela, taels, tales, teals, tesla

Translations for slate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a piece of) a type of easily split rock of a dull blue-grey colour, used for roofing etc

Slates fell off the roof in the wind; (also adjective) a slate roof.

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