- a relatively thin, broad piece cut from an object having some bulk or volume: a slice of apple
- a part, portion, or share: a slice of one's earnings
- any of various implements with a flat, broad blade, as a spatula
- the path of a hit ball that curves away to the right from a right-handed player or to the left from a left-handed player
- a ball that follows such a path
- a tendency to hit a ball in this manner
Origin of sliceMiddle English from Old French esclice from esclicier, to slice from Frankish slizzan, akin to slit
transitive verbsliced, slic′ing
- to cut into slices
- to cut off as in a slice or slices: often with off, from, away, etc.
- to cut across or through like a knife
- to separate into parts or shares: sliced up the profits
- to use a slice (noun) to spread, remove, etc.
- to hit (a ball) in a slice (noun)
- to hit (the ball) with a downward sweep of the racket
- to cut (through) like a knife: a plow slicing through the earth
- to be hit in a slice (noun)
- to hit a ball in a slice (noun)
- a. A thin broad piece cut from a larger object: ate a slice of cheese; examined a slice of the diseased lung.b. An often wedge-shaped piece cut from a larger, usually circular object: ordered a slice of pie; shared a slice of pizza.
- A portion or share: a slice of the profits.
- a. A knife with a broad, thin, flexible blade, used for cutting and serving food.b. A similar implement for spreading printing ink.
- Sports a. The course of a ball that curves in the direction of the dominant hand of the player propelling it, as to the right of a right-handed player.b. A stroke that causes a ball to follow such a course: a golfer with a bad slice.c. A ball propelled on such a course.d. A stroke, as in tennis, in which the ball is struck with a downward motion with the open face of the racket in order to impart backspin.
verbsliced, slic·ing, slic·es
- To cut or divide into slices: slice a loaf of bread.
- To cut from a larger piece: slice off a piece of salami.
- To cut through or move through with an action like cutting: “where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire” ( Robert Frost )
- To divide into portions or shares; parcel out: “With mortgage securitisation, a pool of home loans is sliced into tranches bearing different degrees of risk” ( David Shirreff )
- To reduce or remove from a larger amount or entity: sliced 10 percent off the asking price.
- Sports To hit (a ball) with a slice.
- To make a cut with a cutting implement: I sliced into the cake.
- To move like a knife: The destroyer sliced through the water.
- Sports To hit a ball with a slice.
Origin of sliceMiddle English sclice splinter from Old French esclice from esclicier to splinter of Germanic origin
- That which is thin and broad.
- A thin, broad piece cut off.
- a slice of bacon; a slice of cheese; a slice of bread
- A piece of pizza.
- (UK) A snack consisting of pastry with savoury filling.
- I bought a ham and cheese slice at the service station.
- A broad, thin piece of plaster.
- A knife with a thin, broad blade for taking up or serving fish; also, a spatula for spreading anything, as paint or ink.
- A salver, platter, or tray.
- A plate of iron with a handle, forming a kind of chisel, or a spadelike implement, variously proportioned, and used for various purposes, as for stripping the planking from a vessel's side, for cutting blubber from a whale, or for stirring a fire of coals; a slice bar; a peel; a fire shovel.
- One of the wedges by which the cradle and the ship are lifted clear of the building blocks to prepare for launching.
- (printing) A removable sliding bottom to a galley.
- (golf) A shot that (for the right-handed player) curves unintentionally to the right. See fade, hook, draw
- (Australia, New Zealand) A class of heavy cakes or desserts made in a tray and cut out into squarish slices.
- (medicine) A section of image taken of an internal organ using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computed tomography), or various forms of x-ray.
- (falconry) A hawk's or falcon's dropping which squirts at an angle other than vertical. (See mute.)
(third-person singular simple present slices, present participle slicing, simple past and past participle sliced)
- To cut into slices.
- Slice the cheese thinly.
- To cut with an edge utilizing a drawing motion.
- The knife left sliced his arm.
- (golf) To hit a shot that slices (travels from left to right for a right-handed player).
- To clear (e.g. a fire, or the grate bars of a furnace) by means of a slice bar.
From Middle English slice, esclice, from Old French esclice, esclis (“a piece split off"), deverbal of esclicer, esclicier (“to splinter, split up"), from Frankish *slitjan (“to split up"), from Proto-Germanic *slitjanÄ…, from Proto-Germanic *slÄ«tanÄ… (“to split, tear apart"), from Proto-Indo-European *slaid-, *sled- (“to rend, injure, crumble"). Akin to Old High German sliz, gisliz (“a tear, rip"), Old High German slÄ«zan (“to tear"), Old English slÄ«tan (“to split up"). More at slite, slit.