- a piece that is flat, broad, and fairly thick: a slab of concrete, a slab of bread
- any of the rough, outer pieces cut from a log, as in sawing it into lumber
Origin of slabMiddle English sclabbe
transitive verbslabbed, slab′bing
- to make into a slab or slabs
- to cut the slabs from (a log)
- to pave or cover with slabs
Origin of slabfrom Scand, as in Swedish dialect, dialectal slabb, muddy water: for Indo-European base see slaver
- A broad, flat, thick piece, as of stone or cheese.
- An outside piece cut from a log when squaring it for lumber.
- Baseball The pitcher's rubber.
transitive verbslabbed, slab·bing, slabs
- To make or shape into slabs or a slab.
- To cover or pave with slabs.
- To dress (a log) by cutting slabs.
Origin of slabMiddle English
Origin of slabProbably of Scandinavian origin Danish slab mud
- (archaic) Mud, sludge.
- A large, flat piece of solid material; a solid object that is large and flat.
- A paving stone; a flagstone.
- (Australia) A carton containing twenty-four cans of beer.
- An outside piece taken from a log or timber when sawing it into boards, planks, etc.
- A bird, the wryneck.
- (nautical) The slack part of a sail.
- (slang) A large, luxury pre-1980 General Motors vehicle, particularly a Buick, Oldsmobile or Cadillac.
- (surfing) A very large wave.
- (computing) A sequence of 12 adjacent bits, serving as a byte in some computers.
(third-person singular simple present slabs, present participle slabbing, simple past and past participle slabbed)
- To make something into a slab.
From Middle English sclabbe, slabbe, of unknown origin.
(comparative more slab, superlative most slab)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Compare Gaelic & Irish slaib, mud, mire left on a river strand, and English slop (“puddle").
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