- The definition of a slash is a wide or uneven cut or wound, or a short diagonal line, or a streak of color.
- When you have been cut with a knife, the wound is an example of a slash.
- A diagonal line between two numbers to express a fraction is an example of a slash.
- When a bright streak of blue goes through a yellow painting, this is an example of a slash of blue.
- To slash is to cut something with a violent motion, usually using a knife or sword.
- When you use a knife to cut open a package, this is an example of a time when you slash the package.
- When a you drop the price from $100 to $1, this is an example of a time when you slash the price.
A slash in prices according to these newspaper clippings.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to cut or wound with a sweeping stroke or strokes, as of a knife
- to whip viciously; lash; scourge
- to cut slits in (a fabric, dress, etc.), esp. so as to expose underlying material, usually of another color
- to reduce drastically: to slash prices
- to criticize severely
Origin: Middle English slaschen from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old French esclachier, to break, probably from es- (from Classical Latin ex-), intensive plush Germanic an unverified form klakjan, to crack, of echoic origin, originally
- a sweeping stroke made as with a knife
- a cut made by or as by such a stroke; gash; slit
- a short diagonal line (/) used between two words to show that either is applicable (and/or), in dates or fractions (3/8), to express “per” (feet/second), etc.; virgule
- an ornamental slit in a fabric, dress, etc.
- an open place in a forest, cluttered with branches, chips, or other debris, as from the cutting of timber
- such debris
- slasher noun
Origin: from dialect, dialectal slash, boggy hollow, slashy, swampy, probably from Scand, as inch(es) Norwegian slask, mud, slush
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verb slashed, slash·ing, slash·es verb, transitive
- To cut or form by cutting with forceful sweeping strokes: slash a path through the underbrush.
- To lash with sweeping strokes.
- To make a gash or gashes in.
- Sports To swing a stick at (an opponent) in ice hockey or lacrosse, in violation of the rules.
- To cut a slit or slits in, especially so as to reveal an underlying color: slash a sleeve.
- To criticize sharply: The reviewers slashed the composer's work.
- To reduce or curtail drastically: slash prices for a clearance sale.
- To make forceful sweeping strokes with or as if with a sharp instrument.
- To cut one's way with such strokes: We slashed through the dense jungle.
- A forceful sweeping stroke made with a sharp instrument.
- A long cut or other opening made by such a stroke; a gash or slit.
- A decorative slit in a fabric or garment.
- Branches and other residue left on a forest floor after the cutting of timber.
- Wet or swampy ground overgrown with bushes and trees. Often used in the plural.
- Printing A virgule.
Origin: Perhaps from obsolete French esclachier, to break, variant of esclater, from Old French, from esclat, splinter; see slat.
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