- a thin, narrow strip of wood, metal, etc.: slats of a Venetian blind
- ⌂ Slang
- the ribs
- the buttocks
Origin of slatMiddle English sclat ; from Old French esclat, a fragment ; from esclater, to splinter ; from Langobardic slaitan, to tear apart, split, akin to Old High German slizzan, Old English slitan: see slit
to provide or make with slats
- to throw forcefully
- to beat; strike
Origin of slatMiddle English sclatten, probably ; from Old Norse sletta, to throw: influenced, influence by slat
- A narrow strip of metal or wood, as in a Venetian blind.
- A movable auxiliary airfoil running along the leading edge of the wing of an airplane.
- slats Slang The ribs.
transitive verbslat·ted, slat·ting, slats
To provide or make with slats: slatting the back of a chair.
Origin of slatMiddle English sclat, from Old French esclat, splinter, probably of Germanic origin.
- A thin, narrow strip or bar of wood or metal.
- slats of a window blind
- (aeronautical) A movable control surface at the leading edge of a wing that when moved, changes the chord line of the airfoil, affecting the angle of attack. Employed in conjunction with flaps to allow for a lower stall speed in the landing attitude, facilitating slow flight.
(third-person singular simple present slats, present participle slatting, simple past and past participle slatted)
Old French esclat.