- The definition of a slough is the skin of a snake or a layer or covering that has been discarded.
An example of slough is the skin of an onion that's been removed and thrown away.
- Slough is defined as to shed or throw away.
An example of slough is to exfoliate the skin on your body.
slough definition by Webster's New World
- the skin of a snake, esp. the outer layer that is periodically cast off
- any castoff layer, covering, etc.: often used figuratively
- Med. a mass of dead tissue in, or separating from, living tissue or an ulceration
Origin: Middle English slouh, akin to German schlauch, a skin, bag ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sleu-, to glide, slip from source Latvian sl'užât, to slide
- to be shed, cast off, or discarded; come off
- to drop off; become fewer or less
- to shed skin or other covering
- Med. to separate from the surrounding tissue: said of dead tissue
Origin: < the n.
- to shed or throw (off) as or like slough; get rid of
- Bridge to get rid of (a card); discard
- sloughy adjective
- a place, as a hollow, full of soft, deep mud
Origin: after Slough of Despond, a deep swamp in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progressdeep, hopeless dejection or discouragement
- moral degradation
- a swamp, bog, or marsh, esp. one that is part of an inlet or backwater
Origin: Middle English slowe ; from Old English sloh, akin to Middle Low German slōch, swamp ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sklēk, wet from source slack
- sloughy adjective
slough definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A depression or hollow, usually filled with deep mud or mire.
- also slue A stagnant swamp, marsh, bog, or pond, especially as part of a bayou, inlet, or backwater.
- A state of deep despair or moral degradation.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English slōh.
- sloughˈy adjective
- The dead outer skin shed by a reptile or amphibian.
- Medicine A layer or mass of dead tissue separated from surrounding living tissue, as in a wound, sore, or inflammation.
- An outer layer or covering that is shed.
- To be cast off or shed; come off: The snake's skin sloughs off.
- To shed a slough.
- Medicine To separate from surrounding living tissue. Used of dead tissue.
Origin: Middle English slughe.
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