What does slate mean?

Definitions for slate

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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 I'll 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

  12. Origin: [OE. slat, sclat, OF. esclat a shiver, splinter, F. clat, fr. OF. esclater to shiver, to chip, F. clater, fr. OHG. sleizen to tear, slit, split, fr. slzan to slit, G. schleissen. See Slit, v. t., and cf. Eclat.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Slate

    slāt, n. a highly metamorphosed argillaceous rock, fine-grained and fissile, and of a dull blue, gray, purple, or green colour—used in thin slabs of small size for ordinary roofs, and in larger slabs for dairy-fittings, wash-tubs, cisterns, tables, &c., and when polished for writing-slates and 'black-boards:' a piece of slate for roofing, or for writing upon: a preliminary list of candidates before a caucus.—adj. bluish-gray, slate-coloured.—v.t. to cover with slate: to enter on a slate.—ns. Slate′-axe, a slater's tool, a sax; Slate′-clay, a fissile shale.—adjs. Slā′ted, covered with slates; Slate′-gray, of a light slate colour.—ns. Slate′-pen′cil, a cut or turned stick of soft slate, or of compressed moistened slate-powder, for writing on slate; Slā′ter; Slā′tiness, the quality of being slaty; Slā′ting, the act of covering with slates: a covering of slates: materials for slating.—adj. Slā′ty, resembling slate: having the nature or properties of slate. [O. Fr. esclat—Old High Ger. slīzan, Ger. schleissen, to split.]

  2. Slate

    slāt, v.t. to abuse, criticise severely: (prov.) to set a dog at.—n. Slā′ting, a severe criticism. [A.S. slítan, to slit.]

Editors Contribution

  1. slate

    A type of rock.

    Slate is found in many countries throughout the world and is used for a variety of purposes including state roof tiles, slate floor tiles, wall cladding etc.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on January 6, 2016  

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

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

Anagrams for slate »

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of slate in a Sentence

  1. Viktor Mikes:

    We should start with a clean slate.

  2. Linn Huang:

    There’s a severe decline of the slate market.

  3. Michelle Obama:

    I didn’t come into (being first lady) with a blank slate.

  4. Dominique Mielle:

    If they will say no to your slate of directors, that's a problem.

  5. Rex Tillerson:

    We're not trying to start with a clean slate, you cannot erase the past.

Images & Illustrations of slate

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  • أَرْدوازArabic
  • шистаBulgarian
  • břidlice, břidlicová tabulkaCzech
  • verreissen, Schuldentafel, Liste, planen, vorsehen, Tafel, ansetzen, bestimmen, schiefergrau, Schiefer, Kandidatenliste, Schiefertafel, DachschieferGerman
  • σχιστόλιθος, πλακίδιο, πλάκαGreek
  • destinar, pizarraSpanish
  • arbelaBasque
  • پلمهPersian
  • aikatauluttaa, lasku, ehdokaslista, liuskekivi, piikki, murskata, tili, odottaa, uskoa, lista, saviliuske, liuskeFinnish
  • ardoiseFrench
  • pala, palatáblaHungarian
  • destinare, ardesia, lavagna, tegola d'ardesia, fare a pezzi, programmare, grigio ardesia, a credito, conto, lista candidati, mettere in lista, prevedere, nero ardesia, stroncare, conto aperto, blu ardesia, pianificareItalian
  • 石板, スレートJapanese
  • 슬레이트Korean
  • rasaLatin
  • LeeLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • šīferisLatvian
  • mākohaMāori
  • schoolbord, leigrijs, met de grond gelijk maken, plannen, bon, poef, op, voor, lei, leisteen, afmaken, vastleggen, voorzien, voorbestemmen, kandidatenlijstDutch
  • skifer, skifersteinNorwegian
  • ardósia, contaPortuguese
  • planifica, ardezie, placă de ardezie, notă de plată, cont, listă electorală, destina, tăbliță, programaRomanian
  • шифер, шиферная плита, аспид, раскритиковать, намечать, назначать, аспидный сланец, счёт, долговая книга, грифельная доска, список, [[устроить]] [[разнос]], планировать, предназначатьRussian
  • schemalägga, förutsäga, förvänta, fördöma, planera, förutspå, förutse, skifferSwedish
  • arduvaz, kayağantaşTurkish
  • slet, sletot, sletagliv, sletakölVolapük
  • 石板Chinese

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