What does slate mean?
Definitions for slate
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word slate.
(formerly) a writing tablet made of slate
thin layers of rock used for roofing
a fine-grained metamorphic rock that can be split into thin layers
a list of candidates nominated by a political party to run for election to public offices
designate or schedule
"He slated his talk for 9 AM"; "She was slated to be his successor"
enter on a list or slate for an election
"He was slated for borough president"
cover with slate
"slate the roof"
A fine-grained homogeneous sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash which has been metamorphosed so that it cleaves easily into thin layers.
A sheet of slate for writing on with chalk.
A tile made of slate.
A record of money owed.
Put it on my slate I'll pay you next week.
A list of affiliated candidates for an election.
Roy Disney led the alternative slate of directors for the stockholder vote.
To cover with slate.
The old church ledgers show that the roof was slated in 1775.
To criticise harshly.
The play was slated by the critics.
The election was slated for November 2nd.
To destine or strongly expect.
The next version of our software is slated to be the best release ever.
To punish severely.
The boy was slated by his own mom for disobeying her.
Having the bluish-grey/gray colour/color of slate.
Etymology: From esclate (French éclat).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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.
an argillaceous rock which readily splits into thin plates; argillite; argillaceous schist
any rock or stone having a slaty structure
a prepared piece of such stone
a thin, flat piece, for roofing or covering houses, etc
a tablet for writing upon
an artificial material, resembling slate, and used for the above purposes
a thin plate of any material; a flake
a list of candidates, prepared for nomination or for election; a list of candidates, or a programme of action, devised beforehand
to cover with slate, or with a substance resembling slate; as, to slate a roof; to slate a globe
to register (as on a slate and subject to revision), for an appointment
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.]
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
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.]
slāt, v.t. to abuse, criticise severely: (prov.) to set a dog at.—n. Slā′ting, a severe criticism. [A.S. slítan, to slit.]
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
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
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'slate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3966
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The numerical value of slate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of slate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of slate in a Sentence
This is a genre that is very difficult to do and were having great success as a studio with a very diverse slate, one of the common denominators there is our marketing department. They just over-deliver constantly with a broad range of films.
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.
Online retailers have the ability to track our purchases and what we search for online, so it's important for people to know that they're not shopping on a blank slate, with that knowledge, it's worth looking around for retailers who do provide the information.
If they will say no to your slate of directors, that's a problem.
As the slate for the next 2 years has come together, it felt like the right time to transition into this new role.
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Translations for slate
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- břidlice, břidlicová tabulkaCzech
- verreissen, Schuldentafel, Liste, planen, vorsehen, Tafel, ansetzen, bestimmen, schiefergrau, Schiefer, Kandidatenliste, Schiefertafel, DachschieferGerman
- σχιστόλιθος, πλακίδιο, πλάκαGreek
- destinar, pizarraSpanish
- aikatauluttaa, lasku, ehdokaslista, liuskekivi, piikki, murskata, tili, odottaa, uskoa, lista, saviliuske, liuskeFinnish
- 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
- LeeLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- 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
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