What does slash mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word slash.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cut, gash, slash, slicenoun

    a wound made by cutting

    "he put a bandage over the cut"

  2. slashnoun

    an open tract of land in a forest that is strewn with debris from logging (or fire or wind)

  3. solidus, slash, virgule, diagonal, stroke, separatrixnoun

    a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information

  4. slash, gashverb

    a strong sweeping cut made with a sharp instrument

  5. slash, cut downverb

    cut with sweeping strokes; as with an ax or machete

  6. flog, welt, whip, lather, lash, slash, strap, trounceverb

    beat severely with a whip or rod

    "The teacher often flogged the students"; "The children were severely trounced"

  7. slash, gashverb

    cut open

    "she slashed her wrists"

  8. slashverb

    cut drastically

    "Prices were slashed"

  9. convulse, thresh, thresh about, thrash, thrash about, slash, toss, jactitateverb

    move or stir about violently

    "The feverish patient thrashed around in his bed"


  1. slashnoun

    The symbol, /. Also known as a forward slash, particularly in computer programming and web design.

  2. slashnoun

    A swift cut with a blade, particularly with fighting weapons as a sword, saber, knife etc.

  3. slashnoun

    A swift striking movement.

  4. slashnoun

    A pee, a trip to the toilet to urinate

    Excuse me, I need to take a slash

  5. slashnoun

    The female genitalia

  6. slashnoun

    A quick and hard lateral strike with a hockey stick, usually across the arms or legs.

  7. slashverb

    To cut across something with a blade such as knife, sword, scythe etc.

  8. slashverb

    to strike laterally with a hockey stick. usually across the legs or arms

  9. slashverb

    to reduce sharply

    Iran on Thursday called on OPEC to slash output by 2 million barrels per day.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Slashnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Some few received some cuts and slashes that had drawn blood. Edward Hyde.

    What! this a sleeve?
    Here’s snip and nip, and cut, and slish and slash,
    Like to a censor in a barber’s shop. William Shakespeare.

    Distinguish’d slashes deck the great,
    As each excels in birth or state:
    His oylet-holes are more and ampler;
    The king’s own body was a sampler. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Slashverb

    Etymology: slasa, to strike, Islandick.

    Daniel, a sprightly swain, that us’d to slash
    The vig’rous steeds that drew his lord’s calash,
    To Peggy’s side inclin’d. King.

  3. To Slashverb

    To strike at random with a sword; to lay about him.

    The knights with their bright burning blades
    Broke their rude troops, and orders did confound,
    Hewing and slashing at their idle shades. Fairy Queen.

    Not that I’d lop the beauties from his book,
    Like slashing Richard Bentley with his desp’rate hook. Alexander Pope.


  1. slash

    A slash is a punctuation mark used primarily in writing and grammar, typically represented with a straight diagonal line (/). It is used for various purposes including denoting a connection or conflict between words, phrases, or categories, indicating alternatives, or splitting lines of poetry, among others. In different contexts, it may also represent division or fraction in mathematics or path directory in computing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slashverb

    to cut by striking violently and at random; to cut in long slits

  2. Slashverb

    to lash; to ply the whip to

  3. Slashverb

    to crack or snap, as a whip

  4. Slashverb

    to strike violently and at random, esp. with an edged instrument; to lay about one indiscriminately with blows; to cut hastily and carelessly

  5. Slashnoun

    a long cut; a cut made at random

  6. Slashnoun

    a large slit in the material of any garment, made to show the lining through the openings

  7. Slashnoun

    swampy or wet lands overgrown with bushes

  8. Etymology: [OE. slaschen, of uncertain origin; cf. OF. esclachier to break, esclechier, esclichier, to break, and E. slate, slice, slit, v. t.]


  1. Slash

    The slash is a sign used as a punctuation mark and for various other purposes. It often is called a forward slash and many other names, and sometimes is erroneously called a backslash.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Slash

    slash, v.t. to cut by striking with violence and at random: to make long cuts: to ornament by cutting slits in the cloth in order to show some fine material underneath.—v.i. to strike violently and at random with an edged instrument: to strike right and left: to move rapidly.—n. a long cut: a cut at random: a cut in cloth to show colours underneath: a stripe on a non-commissioned officer's sleeve: a clearing in a wood.—adj. Slashed, cut with slashes: gashed.—ns. Slash′er, anything which slashes; Slash′ing, a slash in a garment: the felling of trees as a military obstacle, also the trees so felled.—adj. cutting mercilessly, unsparing: dashing: very big, slapping. [O. Fr. eslecher, to dismember—Old High Ger. slīzan, to split.]

  2. Slash

    slash, v.i. (Scot.) to work in wet.—n. a large quantity of watery food, as broth, &c.—adj. Slash′y, dirty, muddy. [Sw. slaska, dabble—slask, wet.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. slash

    Common name for the slant (‘/’, ASCII 0101111) character. See ASCII for other synonyms.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. slash

    A cut; a wound; also, a cut in cloth. It was formerly used to express the pieces of tape or worsted lace which were placed upon the arms of non-commissioned officers, in order to distinguish them from privates.

  2. slash

    To strike violently and at random with an edged instrument; to lay about one indiscriminately with blows.

Editors Contribution

  1. slashnoun

    Slash was the skilled electric guitarist for the band “Guns ‘N’ Roses”. He assisted in the writing of many of their popular songs, and stayed with the band for quite a long time.

    Submitted by friendlybanana17 on August 2, 2022  

Suggested Resources

  1. slash

    The slash symbol -- In this Symbols.com article you will learn about the meaning of the slash symbol and its characteristic.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slash in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slash in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of slash in a Sentence

  1. Neil Saunders:

    Peloton has spent vast amounts of money on stores, factories, warehouses and other facilities to service demand that is now unlikely to materialize. The first step of the new CEO, Barry McCarthy, should be to slash costs to right-size the business.

  2. Kevin Lundberg:

    The state shouldn't come in and say to the individual businessman, 'You must violate your religious — and I'll say religious-slash-moral convictions. This baker (Silva), thought that was a violation of their moral convictions. The other baker, which we all know very well because of all the stories, clearly that was a violation of their religious convictions.

  3. Bernie Sanders:

    It is morally reprehensible that Wall Street vulture funds are demanding that Puerto Rico fire even more teachers, close more schools, cut pensions and slash the minimum wage so that they can reap huge profits off the misery of the people of Puerto Rico.

  4. Nikki Haley:

    I don't believe in the slash-and-burn approach. You know, as a governor you could never do that. That's not effective, i do think there are times where you can withhold dues. I don't think you should slash and cut across-the-board because I don't think that will accomplish the goal.

  5. Donald Trump:

    Our slow and burdensome approval process at the Food and Drug Administration keeps too many advances, like the one that saved Megan's life, from reaching those in need, if we slash the restraints, not just at the FDA but across our government, then we will be blessed with far more miracles like Megan.

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