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slipperymore about slippery


  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Slippery  \Slip"per*y\,  a.  [See  {Slipper},  a.] 
  1.  Having  the  quality  opposite  to  adhesiveness;  allowing  or 
  causing  anything  to  slip  or  move  smoothly,  rapidly,  and 
  easily  upon  the  surface;  smooth;  glib;  as  oily  substances 
  render  things  slippery. 
  2.  Not  affording  firm  ground  for  confidence;  as  a  slippery 
  The  slippery  tops  of  human  state.  --Cowley. 
  3.  Not  easily  held;  liable  or  apt  to  slip  away 
  The  slippery  god  will  try  to  loose  his  hold 
  4.  Liable  to  slip;  not  standing  firm.  --Shak. 
  5.  Unstable;  changeable;  mutable;  uncertain;  inconstant; 
  fickle.  ``The  slippery  state  of  kings.''  --Denham. 
  6.  Uncertain  in  effect.  --L'Estrange. 
  7.  Wanton;  unchaste;  loose  in  morals.  --Shak. 
  {Slippery  elm}.  (Bot.) 
  a  An  American  tree  ({Ulmus  fulva})  with  a  mucilagenous 
  and  slightly  aromatic  inner  bark  which  is  sometimes 
  used  medicinally;  also  the  inner  bark  itself 
  b  A  malvaceous  shrub  ({Fremontia  Californica});  --  so 
  called  on  the  Pacific  coast. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  being  such  as  to  cause  things  to  slip  or  slide;  "slippery 
  sidewalks";  "a  slippery  bar  of  soap";  "the  streets  are 
  still  slippy  from  the  rain"  [syn:  {slippy}]  [ant:  {nonslippery}] 
  2:  not  to  be  trusted;  "how  extraordinarily  slippery  a  liar  the 
  camera  is"-  James  Agee  [syn:  {tricky}] 

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