Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Slewth noun Sloth; idleness. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ Anglo-Saxon sl...
, from sleán
to strike. See Slay
, transitive verb
] 1. A weaver's reed.
[ Spelt also slaie
.] 2. A guideway in a knitting machine. Knight.
Sley transitive verb To separate or part the threads of, and arrange them in a reed; -- a term used by weavers. See Sleave , and Sleid .
Sley noun (Weaving) The number of ends per inch in the cloth, provided each dent in the reed in which it was made contained as equal number of ends. E. Whitworth.
Slibber adjective Slippery. [ Obsolete] Holland.
[ Middle English slice
, Old French esclice
, from esclicier
, to break to pieces, of German origin; confer Old High German slīzan
to split, slit, tear, German schleissen
to slit. See Slit
, transitive verb
] 1. A thin, broad piece cut off; as, a slice of bacon; a slice of cheese; a slice of bread. 2. That which is thin and broad, like a slice.
Specifically: (a) A broad, thin piece of plaster. (b) A salver, platter, or tray.
[ Obsolete] (c) A knife with a thin, broad blade for taking up or serving fish; also, a spatula for spreading anything, as paint or ink. (d) 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.
[ Cant] (e) (Shipbuilding) One of the wedges by which the cradle and the ship are lifted clear of the building blocks to prepare for launching. (f) (Printing) A removable sliding bottom to galley. Slice bar
, a kind of fire iron resembling a poker, with a broad, flat end, for stirring a fire of coals, and clearing it and the grate bars from clinkers, ashes, etc.; a slice.
Slice transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Sliced
; present participle & verbal noun Slicing
.] 1. To cut into thin pieces, or to cut off a thin, broad piece from. 2. To cut into parts; to divide. 3. To clear by means of a slice bar, as a fire or the grate bars of a furnace.
Slice transitive verb (Golf) To hit (the ball) so that the face of the club draws across the face of the ball and deflects it.
Slicer noun One who, or that which, slices; specifically, the circular saw of the lapidary.
Slich, Slick noun (Metal.) See Schlich .
[ See Sleek
.] Sleek; smooth.
and dainty." Chapman.
Slick transitive verb To make sleek or smoth. " Slicked all with sweet oil." Chapman.
Slick noun (Joinery) A wide paring chisel.
Slick noun A slick, or smooth and slippery, surface or place; a sleek.
The action of oil upon the water is upon the crest of the wave; the oil forming a slick upon the surface breaks the crest. The Century.
Slicken adjective Sleek; smooth. [ Prov. Eng.]
[ Confer Slick
] (Mining) The pulverized matter from a quartz mill, or the lighter soil of hydraulic mines.
[ Local, U. S.]
1. The smooth, striated, or partially polished surfaces of a fissure or seam, supposed to have been produced by the sliding of one surface on another. 2. A variety of galena found in Derbyshire, England.
Slicker noun That which makes smooth or sleek. Specifically: (a) A kind of burnisher for leather. (b) (Founding) A curved tool for smoothing the surfaces of a mold after the withdrawal of the pattern.
Slicker noun A waterproof coat. [ Western U.S.]
1. The act or process of smoothing. 2. plural (Min.) Narrow veins of ore.
Slickness noun The state or quality of being slick; smoothness; sleekness.
Slid imperfect & past participle of Slide .
Slidden past participle of Slide .
Slidder transitive verb
[ Anglo-Saxon sliderian
. See Slide
, transitive verb
] To slide with interruption.
[ Obsolete] Dryden.
Slidder, Slidderly Slid"der*y adjective
[ Anglo-Saxon slidor
. See Slide
, transitive verb
To a drunk man the way is slidder . Chaucer.
Slide transitive verb
[ imperfect Slid
; past participle Slidden
; present participle & verbal noun Slidding
.] [ Middle English sliden
, Anglo-Saxon slīdan
; akin to Middle High German slīten
, also to Anglo-Saxon slidor
slippery, English sled
, Lithuanian slidus
slippery. Confer Sled
.] 1. To move along the surface of any body by slipping, or without walking or rolling; to slip; to glide; as, snow slides down the mountain's side. 2. Especially, to move over snow or ice with a smooth, uninterrupted motion, as on a sled moving by the force of gravity, or on the feet.
They bathe in summer, and in winter slide . Waller. 3. To pass inadvertently.
Beware thou slide not by it. Ecclus. xxviii. 26. 4. To pass along smoothly or unobservedly; to move gently onward without friction or hindrance; as, a ship or boat slides through the water.
Ages shall slide away without perceiving. Dryden.
Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole. Pope. 5. To slip when walking or standing; to fall.
Their foot shall slide in due time. Deut. xxxii. 35. 6. (Mus.) To pass from one note to another with no perceptible cassation of sound. 7. To pass out of one's thought as not being of any consequence.
[ Obsolete or Colloq.]
With good hope let he sorrow slide . Chaucer.
With a calm carelessness letting everything slide . Sir P. Sidney.
Slide transitive verb
1. To cause to slide; to thrust along; as, to slide one piece of timber along another. 2. To pass or put imperceptibly; to slip; as, to slide in a word to vary the sense of a question.
[ Anglo-Saxon slīde
.] 1. The act of sliding; as, a slide on the ice. 2. Smooth, even passage or progress.
A better slide into their business. Bacon. 3. That on which anything moves by sliding.
Specifically: (a) An inclined plane on which heavy bodies slide by the force of gravity, esp. one constructed on a mountain side for conveying logs by sliding them down. (b) A surface of ice or snow on which children slide for amusement. 4. That which operates by sliding.
Specifically: (a) A cover which opens or closes an aperture by sliding over it. (b) (Machinery) A moving piece which is guided by a part or parts along which it slides. (c) A clasp or brooch for a belt, or the like. 5. A plate or slip of glass on which is a picture or delineation to be exhibited by means of a magic lantern, stereopticon, or the like; a plate on which is an object to be examined with a microscope. 6. The descent of a mass of earth, rock, or snow down a hill or mountain side; as, a land slide , or a snow slide ; also, the track of bare rock left by a land slide. 7. (Geol.) A small dislocation in beds of rock along a line of fissure. Dana. 8. (Mus.) (a) A grace consisting of two or more small notes moving by conjoint degrees, and leading to a principal note either above or below. (b) An apparatus in the trumpet and trombone by which the sounding tube is lengthened and shortened so as to produce the tones between the fundamental and its harmonics. 9. (Phonetics) A sound which, by a gradual change in the position of the vocal organs, passes imperceptibly into another sound. 10. (Steam Engine) (a) Same as Guide bar , under Guide . (b) A slide valve. Slide box (Steam Engine)
, a steam chest. See under Steam .
-- Slide lathe
, an engine lathe. See under Lathe .
-- Slide rail
, a transfer table. See under Transfer .
-- Slide rest (Turning lathes)
, a contrivance for holding, moving, and guiding, the cutting tool, made to slide on ways or guides by screws or otherwise, and having compound motion.
-- Slide rule
, a mathematical instrument consisting of two parts, one of which slides upon the other, for the mechanical performance of addition and subtraction, and, by means of logarithmic scales, of multiplication and division.
-- Slide valve
. (a) Any valve which opens and closes a passageway by sliding over a port
. (b) A particular kind of sliding valve, often used in steam engines for admitting steam to the piston and releasing it, alternately, having a cuplike cavity in its face, through which the exhaust steam passes. It is situated in the steam chest, and moved by the valve gear. It is sometimes called a D valve , -- a name which is also applied to a semicylindrical pipe used as a sliding valve.
In the illustration, a
is the cylinder of a steam engine, in which plays the piston p
the steam chest, receiving its supply from the pipe i
, and containing the slide valve s
, which is shown as admitting steam to one end of the cylinder through the port e
, and opening communication between the exhaust passage f
and the port c
, for the release of steam from the opposite end of the cylinder.
Slidegroat noun The game of shovelboard. [ Obsolete]
Slider adjective See Slidder .
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Slider noun Slider pump , a form of rotary pump.
1. One who, or that which, slides; especially, a sliding part of an instrument or machine. 2. (Zoology) The red-bellied terrapin ( Pseudemys rugosa ). [ Local, U. S. ]
Slideway noun A way along which something slides.
Sliding adjective 1. That slides or slips; gliding; moving smoothly. 2. Slippery; elusory.
That sliding science hath me made so bare. Chaucer. Sliding friction (Mech.)
, the resistance one body meets with in sliding along the surface of another, as distinguished from rolling friction .
-- Sliding gunter (Nautical)
, a topmast arranged with metallic fittings so as to be hoisted and lowered by means of halyards.
-- Sliding keel (Naut)
, a movable keel, similar to a centeboard.
-- Sliding pair
. (Mech.) See the Note under Pair , noun , 7.
-- Sliding rule
. Same as Slide rule , under Slide , noun
-- Sliding scale
. (a) A scale for raising or lowering imposts in proportion to the fall or rise of prices
. (b) A variable scale of wages or of prices
. (c) A slide rule.
-- Sliding ways (Nautical)
, the timber guides used in launching a vessel.
Slidometer noun [ Slide + -meter .] An instrument for indicating and recording shocks to railway cars occasioned by sudden stopping.
Slight noun Sleight. Spenser.
Slight transitive verb
[ Confer Dutch slechten
to level, to demolish.] 1. To overthrow; to demolish.
[ Obsolete] Clarendon. 2. To make even or level.
[ Obsolete] Hexham. 3. To throw heedlessly.
The rogue slighted me into the river. Shak.
[ Compar. Slighter
; superl. Slightest
.] [ Middle English sli...t
, probably from OD. slicht
, simple, plain, Dutch slecht
; akin to OFries. sliucht
, German schlecht
, Old High German sleht
smooth, simple, Icelandic sl...ttr
smooth, Swedish slät
, Goth. slaíhts
; or uncertain origin.] 1. Not decidedly marked; not forcible; inconsiderable; unimportant; insignificant; not severe; weak; gentle; -- applied in a great variety of circumstances; as, a slight ( i. e. , feeble) effort; a slight ( i. e. , perishable) structure; a slight ( i. e. , not deep) impression; a slight ( i. e. , not convincing) argument; a slight ( i. e. , not thorough) examination; slight ( i. e. , not severe) pain, and the like.
"At one slight
Slight is the subject, but not so the praise. Pope.
Some firmly embrace doctrines upon slight grounds. Locke. 2. Not stout or heavy; slender.
His own figure, which was formerly so slight . Sir W. Scott. 3. Foolish; silly; weak in intellect. Hudibras.
Slight transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Slighted
; present participle & verbal noun Slighting
.] To disregard, as of little value and unworthy of notice; to make light of; as, to slight the divine commands. Milton.
The wretch who slights the bounty of the skies. Cowper. To slight off
, to treat slightingly; to drive off; to remove. [ R.] -- To slight over
, to run over in haste; to perform superficially; to treat carelessly; as, to slight over a theme.
"They will but slight
it over." Bacon. Syn.
-- To neglect; disregard; disdain; scorn. -- Slight
. To slight
is stronger than to neglect
. We may neglect a duty or person from inconsiderateness, or from being over-occupied in other concerns. To slight
is always a positive and intentional act, resulting from feelings of dislike or contempt. We ought to put a kind construction on what appears neglect
on the part of a friend; but when he slights
us, it is obvious that he is our friend no longer.
Beware . . . lest the like befall . . . Milton.
If they transgress and slight that sole command.
This my long-sufferance, and my day of grace, Milton.
Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste.
Slight noun The act of slighting; the manifestation of a moderate degree of contempt, as by neglect or oversight; neglect; indignity. Syn. -- Neglect; disregard; inattention; contempt; disdain; scorn; disgrace; indignity; disparagement.
Slight adverb Slightly.
[ Obsolete or Poetic]
Think not so slight of glory. Milton.
Slighten transitive verb To slight. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
Slighter noun One who slights.
Slighting adjective Characterized by neglect or disregard.
Slightingly adverb In a slighting manner.
1. In a slight manner. 2. Slightingly; negligently. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Slightness noun The quality or state of being slight; slenderness; feebleness; superficiality; also, formerly, negligence; indifference; disregard.
Slighty adjective Slight. [ Obsolete] Echard.
[ See Such
[ Obsolete or Scot.] » Used by Chaucer as of the Northern dialect.