Slew meaning

slo͝o
A large amount or number; a lot.

A slew of unpaid bills.

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The definition of a slew is a large quantity of something.

When you have 200 pairs of shoes, this is an example of a situation where you have a slew of shoes.

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(US) A large amount.

She has a slew of papers and notebooks strewn all over her desk.

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Simple past tense of slay.
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To turn (something) on an axis; rotate.

Slewed the swivel chair around; slewing the boom of a crane.

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A device used for slaying.
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A change of position.
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Slew means to slide or skid uncontrollably in a particular direction.

When a van begins to slide uncontrollably left because of ice, this is an example of slew.

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To turn sharply; veer.

Braked and slewed the car around.

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To turn about an axis.
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To turn or slide sideways or off course; skid.
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The act of slewing.
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A large number, group, or amount.

A slew of reporters at the crime scene.

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The act, or process of slaying.
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(nautical) To rotate or turn something about its axis.
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To veer a vehicle.
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To insert extra ticks or skip some ticks of a clock to slowly correct its time.
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(intransitive) To pivot.
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(intransitive) To skid.
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(rail transport) To move something (usually a railway line) sideways.

The single line was slewed onto the disused up formation to make way for the future redoubling.

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(UK, slang) To make a public mockery of someone through insult or wit.
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Origin of slew

  • Irish Gaelic sluagh multitude from Old Irish slúag

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

  • Origin unknown

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

  • In all senses, a mostly British spelling of slue.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Irish slua (“crowd") (noun only)

    From Wiktionary