What does slate mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slatenoun

    (formerly) a writing tablet made of slate

  2. slate, slatingnoun

    thin layers of rock used for roofing

  3. slatenoun

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

  4. slate, ticketverb

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

  5. slateverb

    designate or schedule

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

  6. slateverb

    enter on a list or slate for an election

    "He was slated for borough president"

  7. slateverb

    cover with slate

    "slate the roof"


  1. slatenoun

    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. slatenoun

    A sheet of slate for writing on with chalk.

  3. slatenoun

    A tile made of slate.

  4. slatenoun

    A record of money owed.

    Put it on my slate I'll pay you next week.

  5. slatenoun

    A list of affiliated candidates for an election.

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

  6. slateverb

    To cover with slate.

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

  7. slateverb

    To criticise harshly.

    The play was slated by the critics.

  8. slateverb

    To schedule.

    The election was slated for November 2nd.

  9. slateverb

    To destine or strongly expect.

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

  10. slateverb

    To punish severely.

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

  11. slateadjective

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

  12. Etymology: From esclate (French éclat).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SLATEnoun

    A grey fossile stone, easily broken into thin plates, which are used to cover houses, or to write upon.

    Etymology: from slit: slate is in some counties a crack; or from esclate, a tile, French.

    A square cannot be so truly drawn upon a slate as it is conceived in the mind. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol.

    A small piece of a flat slate the ants laid over the hole of their nest, when they foresaw it would rain. Joseph Addison, Spect.

  2. To Slateverb

    To cover the roof; to tile.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Sonnets and elegies to Chloris,
    Would raise a house about two stories,
    A lyrick ode would slate. Jonathan Swift.


  1. SLATE

    SLATE, a pioneer organization of the New Left and precursor of the Free Speech Movement and formative counterculture era, was a campus political party at the University of California, Berkeley from 1958 to 1966.


  1. slate

    Slate is a fine-grained homogeneous metamorphic rock derived from an original shale-type sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash through low-grade metamorphism. It is often used in construction and manufacturing, most commonly as roof tiles or chalkboards, due to its ability to be split into thin, durable and waterproof layers. Its color usually varies from grey to black, but it can also be found in green, red, or purple.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slateverb

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

  2. Slateverb

    any rock or stone having a slaty structure

  3. Slateverb

    a prepared piece of such stone

  4. Slateverb

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

  5. Slateverb

    a tablet for writing upon

  6. Slateverb

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

  7. Slateverb

    a thin plate of any material; a flake

  8. Slateverb

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

  9. Slateverb

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

  10. Slateverb

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

  11. Slateverb

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

  12. Etymology: [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 material.

    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 MaryC on January 6, 2016  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SLATE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Slate is ranked #5796 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Slate surname appeared 5,969 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Slate.

    87.8% or 5,245 total occurrences were White.
    5.1% or 310 total occurrences were Black.
    2.8% or 168 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 140 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 69 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 37 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

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

Anagrams for slate »

  1. astel

  2. lates

  3. least

  4. leats

  5. salet

  6. setal

  7. stale

  8. steal

  9. stela

  10. taels

  11. tales

  12. teals

  13. 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. Tim League:

    Because of the increase in vaccination availability, a very exciting slate of new releases and pent-up audience demand, we're extremely confident that by the end of 2021, the cinema industry — and our theaters specifically — will be thriving.

  3. Jason Hopkins:

    The Vera Institute of Justice is a behemoth progressive nonprofit based out of New York City with well over a $140 million budget, which they use to fund a slate of progressive causes and initiatives across the country, whether that be criminal justice reform, bail reform and also immigration.

  4. Jimmy Walker:

    The slate is going to be wiped clean for me in 2014 but it's a career for me and I think you've got to look at it in a broad sense, i definitely want to keep doing what I've been doing. It was a lot of fun last season and it sure is fun to play well in the big events but I'd like to play ever better. So I'm looking forward to the challenge of being even better this year.

  5. Shawn Robbins:

    Walt Disney -LRB- DIS -RRB- has a 2020 slate that most studios would kill to have, but by their own recent standards, next year is missing a big event film that everyone has to see, sure, they have two Marvel movies and a few others that could be sneaky big hits, but there's no epic conclusion like' Avengers : Endgame' or even a Star Wars movie.

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Translations for 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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