Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Slit-shell noun (Zoology) Any species of Pleurotomaria , a genus of beautiful, pearly, spiral gastropod shells having a deep slit in the outer lip. Many fossil species are known, and a few living ones are found in deep water in tropical seas.

Slither intransitive verb [ Confer German schlittern , LG. schliddern . See Slide .] To slide; to glide. [ Prov. Eng.]

Slitter noun One who, or that which, slits.

Slitting adjective & noun from Slit .

Slitting file . See Illust. (i) of File . -- Slitting mill . (a) A mill where iron bars or plates are slit into narrow strips, as nail rods, and the like . (b) A machine used by lapidaries for slicing stones, usually by means of a revolving disk, called a slicer , supplied with diamond powder. -- Slitting roller , one of a pair of rollers furnished with ribs entering between similar ribs in the other roller, and cutting like shears, -- used in slitting metals.

Slive intransitive verb [ Confer Slip .] To sneak. [ Prov. Eng.]

Slive transitive verb [ Middle English sliven to split, cleave, Anglo-Saxon slīfan .] To cut; to split; to separate. [ Obsolete] Holland.

Sliver transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Slivered ; present participle & verbal noun Slivering .] [ See Slive , transitive verb ] To cut or divide into long, thin pieces, or into very small pieces; to cut or rend lengthwise; to slit; as, to sliver wood. Shak.

They 'll sliver thee like a turnip.
Sir W. Scott.

Sliver noun
1. A long piece cut ot rent off; a sharp, slender fragment; a splinter.

2. A strand, or slender roll, of cotton or other fiber in a loose, untwisted state, produced by a carding machine and ready for the roving or slubbing which preceeds spinning.

3. plural Bait made of pieces of small fish. Confer Kibblings . [ Local, U.S.] Bartlett.

Sloakan noun (Botany) A species of seaweed. [ Spelled also slowcawn .] See 3d Laver .

Sloam noun (Mining) A layer of earth between coal seams.

Sloat noun [ See Slot a bar.] A narrow piece of timber which holds together large pieces; a slat; as, the sloats of a cart.

Slobber transitive verb & i. See Slabber .

Slobber noun
1. See Slabber .

2. (Zoology) A jellyfish. [ Prov. Eng.]

3. plural (Vet.) Salivation.

Slobberer noun
1. One who slobbers.

2. A slovenly farmer; a jobbing tailor. [ Prov. Eng.]

Slobbery adjective Wet; sloppy, as land. Shak.

Slock, Slocken transitive verb To quench; to allay; to slake. See Slake . [ Obsolete or Scot.]

Slocking adjective & noun from Slock .

Slocking stone , a rich piece of ore displayed in order to tempt persons to embark in a mining enterprise.

Sloe noun [ Middle English slo , Anglo-Saxon slā ; akin to Dutch slee , German schlehe , Old High German sl $ ha , Danish slaaen , Swedish sl...n , perhaps originally, that which blunts the teeth, or sets them on edge (cf. Slow ); confer Lithuanian sliwa a plum, Russian sliva .] (Botany) A small, bitter, wild European plum, the fruit of the blackthorn ( Prunus spinosa ); also, the tree itself.

Slog transitive verb & i. [ Confer Slug , transitive verb ] To hit hard, esp. with little attention to aim or the like, as in cricket or boxing; to slug. [ Cant or Slang]

Slogan noun [ Gael. sluagh- ghairm , i.e., an army cry; sluagh army + gairm a call, calling.] The war cry, or gathering word, of a Highland clan in Scotland; hence, any rallying cry. Sir W. Scott.

Slogger noun A hard hitter; a slugger. [ Cant or Slang] T. Hughes.

Sloggy adjective Sluggish. [ Obsolete]

Somnolence that is sloggy slumbering

Sloke noun (Botany) See Sloakan .

Sloo, Slue noun A slough; a run or wet place. See 2d Slough , 2.

Sloom noun Slumber. [ Prov. Eng.]

Sloomy adjective Sluggish; slow. [ Prov. Eng.]

Sloop noun [ Dutch sloep , of uncertain origin. Confer Shallop .] (Nautical) A vessel having one mast and fore-and-aft rig, consisting of a boom-and-gaff mainsail, jibs, staysail, and gaff topsail. The typical sloop has a fixed bowsprit, topmast, and standing rigging, while those of a cutter are capable of being readily shifted. The sloop usually carries a centerboard, and depends for stability upon breadth of beam rather than depth of keel. The two types have rapidly approximated since 1880. One radical distinction is that a slop may carry a centerboard. See Cutter , and Illustration in Appendix.

Sloop of war , formerly, a vessel of war rigged either as a ship, brig, or schooner, and mounting from ten to thirty-two guns; now, any war vessel larger than a gunboat, and carrying guns on one deck only.

Slop noun [ Middle English sloppe a pool; akin to As. sloppe , slyppe , the sloppy droppings of a cow; confer Anglo-Saxon sl...pan to slip, and English slip , v.i. Confer Cowslip .]
1. Water or other liquid carelessly spilled or thrown aboyt, as upon a table or a floor; a puddle; a soiled spot.

2. Mean and weak drink or liquid food; -- usually in the plural.

3. plural Dirty water; water in which anything has been washed or rinsed; water from wash-bowls, etc.

Slop basin , or Slop bowl , a basin or bowl for holding slops, especially for receiving the rinsings of tea or coffee cups at the table. -- Slop molding (Brickmaking) , a process of manufacture in which the brick is carried to the drying ground in a wet mold instead of on a pallet.

Slop transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Slopped ; present participle & verbal noun Slopping .]
1. To cause to overflow, as a liquid, by the motion of the vessel containing it; to spill.

2. To spill liquid upon; to soil with a liquid spilled.

Slop intransitive verb To overflow or be spilled as a liquid, by the motion of the vessel containing it; -- often with over .

Slop noun [ Anglo-Saxon slop a frock or over-garment, from sl...pan to slip, to slide; akin to Icel sloppr a thin garment; confer Old High German slouf a garment. Confer Slip , intransitive verb ]
1. Any kind of outer garment made of linen or cotton, as a night dress, or a smock frock. [ Obsolete] Halliwell.

2. A loose lower garment; loose breeches; chiefly used in the plural. "A pair of slops ." Sir P. Sidney.

There's a French salutation to your French slop .

3. plural Ready-made clothes; also, among seamen, clothing, bedding, and other furnishings.

Slope noun [ Formed (like abode from abide ) from Middle English slipen . See Slip , intransitive verb ]
1. An oblique direction; a line or direction including from a horizontal line or direction; also, sometimes, an inclination, as of one line or surface to another.

2. Any ground whose surface forms an angle with the plane of the horizon.

buildings the summit and slope of a hill.

Under the slopes of Pisgah.
Deut. iv. 49. (Rev. Ver.).

» A slope , considered as descending , is a declivity ; considered as ascending , an acclivity .

Slope of a plane (Geom.) , the direction of the plane; as, parallel planes have the same slope .

Slope adjective Sloping. "Down the slope hills." Milton.

A bank not steep, but gently slope .

Slope adverb In a sloping manner. [ Obsolete] Milton.

Slope transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Sloped ; present participle & verbal noun Sloping .] To form with a slope; to give an oblique or slanting direction to; to direct obliquely; to incline; to slant; as, to slope the ground in a garden; to slope a piece of cloth in cutting a garment.

Slope intransitive verb
1. To take an oblique direction; to be at an angle with the plane of the horizon; to incline; as, the ground slopes .

2. To depart; to disappear suddenly. [ Slang]

Slope noun The part of a continent descending toward, and draining to, a particular ocean; as, the Pacific slope .

Slopeness noun State of being slope. Sir H. Wotton.

Slopewise adverb Obliquely. [ Obsolete] Carew.

Sloping adjective Inclining or inclined from the plane of the horizon, or from a horizontal or other right line; oblique; declivous; slanting. -- Slop"ing*ly , adverb

The sloping land recedes into the clouds.

Sloppiness noun The quality or state of being sloppy; muddiness.

Sloppy adjective [ Compar. Sloppier ; superl. Sloppiest .] [ From Slop .] Wet, so as to spatter easily; wet, as with something slopped over; muddy; plashy; as, a sloppy place, walk, road.

Slopseller noun One who sells slops, or ready-made clothes. See 4th Slop , 3.

Slopshop noun A shop where slops. or ready-made clothes, are sold.

Slopwork noun The manufacture of slops, or cheap ready-made clothing; also, such clothing; hence, hasty, slovenly work of any kind.

No slopwork ever dropped from his [ Carlyle's] pen.

Slopy adjective Sloping; inclined.

Slosh, Sloshy See Slush , Slushy .

Slot noun [ LG. & Dutch slot a lock, from a verb meaning to close., to shut, Dutch sluiten ; akin to German schliessen , Old High German sliozan , OFries. sl...ta , and probably to Latin claudere . Confer Close , Sluice .]
1. A broad, flat, wooden bar; a slat or sloat.

2. A bolt or bar for fastening a door. [ Prov. Eng.]

3. A narrow depression, perforation, or aperture; esp., one for the reception of a piece fitting or sliding in it.

Slot transitive verb [ See Slot a bar.] To shut with violence; to slam; as, to slot a door. [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.]

Slot noun [ Confer Icelandic sl...... , and English sleuth .] The track of a deer; hence, a track of any kind. Milton.

As a bloodhound follows the slot of a hurt deer.
Sir W. Scott.