Slate meaning

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A fine-grained metamorphic rock that splits into thin, smooth-surfaced layers.
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Slate is defined as to schedule or put on a list.

An example of to slate is an item being put on a meeting agenda.

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A fine-grained metamorphic rock that forms when shale undergoes metamorphosis. Slate splits into thin layers with smooth surfaces. It ranges in color from gray to black or from red to green, depending on the minerals contained in the shale from which it formed.
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The definition of slate is a hard rock that splits into smooth layers, or a list of people running for an office.

An example of a slate is a knife-sharpening stone.

An example of a slate is everyone running for president of the class.

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A list of the candidates of a political party running for various offices.
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A record of past performance or activity.

Start over with a clean slate.

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A dark or bluish gray to dark bluish or dark purplish gray.
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To scold or criticize harshly.
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Another name for a tablet. In 2010, HP introduced tablets under the Slate brand. See Tablet PC and tablet.
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(uncountable) A fine-grained homogeneous sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash which has been metamorphosed so that it cleaves easily into thin layers.
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(uncountable) The bluish-grey colour of most slate.

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(countable) A sheet of slate for writing on with chalk.
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An artificial material resembling slate and used for the same purposes.
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A thin plate of any material; a flake.
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Having the bluish-grey/gray colour/color of slate.
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To cover with slate.

The old church ledgers show that the roof was slated in 1775.

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(chiefly UK) To criticise harshly.

The play was slated by the critics.

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Made of a fine-grained metamorphic rock.

A slate roof.

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Of the color slate.
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To cover (a roof, for example) with slate.
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To put on a list of candidates.
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To schedule or designate.

Our professor has slated the art history lecture for Thursday afternoon; was slated to direct the studio's next film.

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A hard, fine-grained, metamorphic rock, typically formed from shale, that cleaves naturally into thin, smooth-surfaced layers.
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The bluish-gray color of most slate.
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A list of candidates proposed for nomination or election.
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To cover with slate.
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To put on a list or designate, as for candidacy, appointment, engagement, etc.; choose or schedule.
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To punish severely, as by thrashing.
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(countable) A tile made of slate.
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(countable) A record of money owed.

Put it on my slate - I'll pay you next week.

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(chiefly US) To schedule.

The election was slated for November 2nd.

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(chiefly US) To destine or strongly expect.

The next version of our software is slated to be the best release ever.

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To punish severely.

The boy was slated by his own mom for disobeying her.

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(countable) A list of affiliated candidates for an election.

Roy Disney led the alternative slate of directors for the stockholder vote.

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a clean slate
  • a record showing no marks of discredit, dishonor, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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