What does slate mean?

Definitions for slate
sleɪtslate

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word slate.

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"

Wiktionary

  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.

    Etymology: From esclate (French éclat).

  2. slatenoun

    A sheet of slate for writing on with chalk.

    Etymology: From esclate (French éclat).

  3. slatenoun

    A tile made of slate.

    Etymology: From esclate (French éclat).

  4. slatenoun

    A record of money owed.

    Put it on my slate u2013 I'll pay you next week.

    Etymology: From esclate (French éclat).

  5. slatenoun

    A list of affiliated candidates for an election.

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

    Etymology: From esclate (French éclat).

  6. slateverb

    To cover with slate.

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

    Etymology: From esclate (French éclat).

  7. slateverb

    To criticise harshly.

    The play was slated by the critics.

    Etymology: From esclate (French éclat).

  8. slateverb

    To schedule.

    The election was slated for November 2nd.

    Etymology: From esclate (French éclat).

  9. slateverb

    To destine or strongly expect.

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

    Etymology: From esclate (French éclat).

  10. slateverb

    To punish severely.

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

    Etymology: From esclate (French éclat).

  11. slateadjective

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

    Etymology: From esclate (French éclat).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slateverb

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

    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.]

  2. Slateverb

    any rock or stone having a slaty structure

    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.]

  3. Slateverb

    a prepared piece of such stone

    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.]

  4. Slateverb

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

    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.]

  5. Slateverb

    a tablet for writing upon

    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.]

  6. Slateverb

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

    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.]

  7. Slateverb

    a thin plate of any material; a flake

    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.]

  8. Slateverb

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

    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.]

  9. Slateverb

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

    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.]

  10. Slateverb

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

    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.]

  11. Slateverb

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

    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.]

Freebase

  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  

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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Numerology

  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. Sara Gottfried:

    It’s designed to be a detoxification for 21 days, so this is short term. It’s designed to get you back into conversation with your body so that you can create a clean slate.

  2. Mike Hickey:

    EA has a really good slate coming up, over the next year it looks like it's positioned to do fairly well.

  3. Monday ESPN:

    Auction drafts are a common part of fantasy football, and ESPN's segments replicated an auction draft with a diverse slate of top professional football players. Without that context, we understand the optics could be portrayed as offensive, and we apologize.

  4. Rex Tillerson:

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

  5. Linn Huang:

    There’s a severe decline of the slate market.

Images & Illustrations of slate

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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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