Slate Definition

slāt
slated, slates, slating
noun
slates
A hard, fine-grained, metamorphic rock, typically formed from shale, that cleaves naturally into thin, smooth-surfaced layers.
Webster's New World
A thin piece of slate or slatelike material, esp. one used as a roofing tile or as a tablet for writing on with chalk.
Webster's New World
A writing tablet made of a similar material.
American Heritage
Slates collectively; slating.
Webster's New World
A record of past performance or activity.
Start over with a clean slate.
American Heritage
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adjective
Made of a fine-grained metamorphic rock.
A slate roof.
American Heritage
Of the color slate.
American Heritage

Having the bluish-grey/gray colour/color of slate.

Wiktionary
verb
slated, slates, slating
To cover with slate.
Webster's New World
To put on a list or designate, as for candidacy, appointment, engagement, etc.; choose or schedule.
Webster's New World
To schedule or designate.
Our professor has slated the art history lecture for Thursday afternoon; was slated to direct the studio's next film.
American Heritage
To punish severely, as by thrashing.
Webster's New World
To scold or criticize harshly.
Webster's New World
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idiom
a clean slate
  • a record showing no marks of discredit, dishonor, etc.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Slate

Noun

Singular:
slate
Plural:
slates

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Slate

  • a clean slate

Origin of Slate

  • Middle English sclate from Old French esclate splinter feminine of esclat slat

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French esclate, from esclat (French éclat).

    From Wiktionary

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