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slate


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Slate  \Slate\,  n.  [OE.  slat,  OF  esclat  a  shiver,  splinter,  F. 
  ['e]clat,  fr  OF  esclater  to  shiver,  to  chip,  F.  ['e]clater, 
  fr  OHG.  sliezen  to  tear,  slit,  split,  fr  sl[=i]zan  to  slit, 
  G.  schleissen  See  {Slit},  v.  t.,  and  cf  {Eclat}.] 
  1.  (Min.)  An  argillaceous  rock  which  readily  splits  into  thin 
  plates;  argillite;  argillaceous  schist. 
 
  2.  Any  rock  or  stone  having  a  slaty  structure. 
 
  3.  A  prepared  piece  of  such  stone.  Especially: 
  a  A  thin,  flat  piece,  for  roofing  or  covering  houses, 
  etc 
  b  A  tablet  for  writing  upon 
 
  4.  An  artificial  material,  resembling  slate,  and  used  for  the 
  above  purposes. 
 
  5.  A  thin  plate  of  any  material;  a  flake.  [Obs.] 
 
  6.  (Politics)  A  list  of  candidates,  prepared  for  nomination 
  or  for  election;  a  list  of  candidates,  or  a  programme  of 
  action  devised  beforehand.  [Cant,  U.S.]  --Bartlett. 
 
  {Adhesive  slate}  (Min.),  a  kind  of  slate  of  a  greenish  gray 
  color,  which  absorbs  water  rapidly,  and  adheres  to  the 
  tongue;  whence  the  name 
 
  {Aluminous  slate},  or  {Alum  slate}  (Min.),  a  kind  of  slate 
  containing  sulphate  of  alumina,  --  used  in  the  manufacture 
  of  alum. 
 
  {Bituminous  slate}  (Min.),  a  soft  species  of  sectile  clay 
  slate,  impregnated  with  bitumen. 
 
  {Hornblende  slate}  (Min.),  a  slaty  rock,  consisting 
  essentially  of  hornblende  and  feldspar,  useful  for 
  flagging  on  account  of  its  toughness. 
 
  {Slate  ax}  or  {axe},  a  mattock  with  an  ax  end  used  in 
  shaping  slates  for  roofs,  and  making  holes  in  them  for  the 
  nails. 
 
  {Slate  clay}  (Geol.),  an  indurated  clay,  forming  one  of  the 
  alternating  beds  of  the  coal  measures,  consisting  of  an 
  infusible  compound  of  alumina  and  silica,  and  often  used 
  for  making  fire  bricks.  --Tomlinson. 
 
  {Slate  globe},  a  globe  the  surface  of  which  is  made  of  an 
  artificial  slatelike  material. 
 
  {Slate  pencil},  a  pencil  of  slate,  or  of  soapstone,  used  for 
  writing  on  a  slate. 
 
  {Slate  rocks}  (Min.),  rocks  which  split  into  thin  lamin[ae], 
  not  necessarily  parallel  to  the  stratification;  foliated 
  rocks. 
 
  {Slate  spar}  (Min.),  a  variety  of  calcite  of  silvery  white 
  luster  and  of  a  slaty  structure. 
 
  {Transparent  slate},  a  plate  of  translucent  material,  as 
  ground  glass,  upon  which  a  copy  of  a  picture,  placed 
  beneath  it  can  be  made  by  tracing. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Slate  \Slate\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Slated};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Slating}.] 
  1.  To  cover  with  slate,  or  with  a  substance  resembling  slate; 
  as  to  slate  a  roof;  to  slate  a  globe. 
 
  2.  To  register  (as  on  a  slate  and  subject  to  revision),  for 
  an  appointment.  [Polit.  Cant] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Slate  \Slate\,  v.  t.  [Cf.  AS  sl[=ae]ting  a  privilege  of 
  hunting.] 
  To  set  a  dog  upon  to  bait;  to  slat.  See  2d  {Slat},  3.  [Prov. 
  Eng.  &  Scot.]  [Written  also  {slete}.]  --Ray. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  slate 
  n  1:  (formerly)  a  writing  tablet  made  of  slate 
  2:  thin  layers  of  rock  used  for  roofing  [syn:  {slating}] 
  3:  a  fine-grained  metamorphic  rock  that  can  be  split  into  thin 
  layers 
  4:  a  list  of  candidates  to  be  considered  for  nomination  or 
  election  to  public  offices 
  v  1:  choose  someone  for  a  job  or  function 
  2:  enter  on  a  list  or  slate  for  an  election;  "He  was  slated  for 
  borough  president" 
  3:  cover  with  slate;  "slate  the  roof" 




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