- of or having to do with a type of primitive forest agriculture in which fields are cleared by cutting down and burning vegetation
- characterized by indiscriminate or destructive recklessness
- Of or being a form of agriculture in which an area of forest is cleared by cutting and burning and is then planted, usually for several seasons, before being left to return to forest.
- Drastic or destructive: “The past few years of painful, slash-and-burn expense cutting have made top brokerage executives reluctant to revert to their former, profligate ways” (David Henry).
- Alternative spelling of slash and burn.
- A technique in agriculture where plant matter is roughly cut down and then burned over to prepare fields for the next crop.
(third-person singular simple present slashes and burns, present participle slashing and burning, simple past and past participle slashed and burned or slashed and burnt)
- To apply the slash and burn technique.
- We'll slash and burn this week and plant next.