A construction worker is installing slate tiles on a roof.
- The definition of slate is a hard rock that splits into smooth layers, or a list of people running for an office.
- An example of a slate is a knife-sharpening stone.
- An example of a slate is everyone running for president of the class.
- Slate is defined as to schedule or put on a list.
An example of to slate is an item being put on a meeting agenda.
- a hard, fine-grained, metamorphic rock, typically formed from shale, that cleaves naturally into thin, smooth-surfaced layers
- a thin piece of slate or slatelike material, esp. one used as a roofing tile or as a tablet for writing on with chalk
- slates collectively; slating
- the bluish-gray color of most slatealso slate blue
- a list of candidates proposed for nomination or election
Origin of slateMiddle English sclate from Old French esclate, feminine of esclat: see slat
transitive verbslat′ed, slat′ing
- to cover with slate
- to put on a list or designate, as for candidacy, appointment, engagement, etc.; choose or schedule
a clean slate
transitive verbslat′ed, slat′ing
- to punish severely, as by thrashing
- to scold or criticize harshly
Origin of slateprobably from Old Norse sleita, strife (akin to Old English slætan, to bait, torment)
- A fine-grained metamorphic rock that splits into thin, smooth-surfaced layers.
- a. A piece of this rock cut for use as roofing or surfacing material or as a writing surface.b. A writing tablet made of a similar material.
- A record of past performance or activity: start over with a clean slate.
- A list of the candidates of a political party running for various offices.
- A dark or bluish gray to dark bluish or dark purplish gray.
- Made of a fine-grained metamorphic rock: a slate roof.
- Of the color slate.
transitive verbslat·ed, slat·ing, slates
- To cover (a roof, for example) with slate.
- To put on a list of candidates.
- To schedule or designate: Our professor has slated the art history lecture for Thursday afternoon; was slated to direct the studio's next film.
Origin of slateMiddle English sclate from Old French esclate splinter feminine of esclat ; see slat .
- (uncountable) A fine-grained homogeneous sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash which has been metamorphosed so that it cleaves easily into thin layers.
- (uncountable) The bluish-grey colour of most slate.
- (countable) A sheet of slate for writing on with chalk.
- (countable) A tile made of slate.
- (countable) A record of money owed.
- Put it on my slate - I'll pay you next week.
- (countable) A list of affiliated candidates for an election.
- Roy Disney led the alternative slate of directors for the stockholder vote.
- An artificial material resembling slate and used for the same purposes.
- A thin plate of any material; a flake.
(third-person singular simple present slates, present participle slating, simple past and past participle slated)
- To cover with slate.
- The old church ledgers show that the roof was slated in 1775.
- (chiefly UK) To criticise harshly.
- The play was slated by the critics.
- (chiefly US) To schedule.
- The election was slated for November 2nd.
- (chiefly US) 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.
From Old French esclate, from esclat (French Ã©clat).