Webster's Dictionary, 1913
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.
[ 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.
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.
[ Middle English slo
, Anglo-Saxon slā
; akin to Dutch slee
, German schlehe
, Old High German sl
, 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.
Somnolence that is sloggy slumbering Chaucer.
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.]
[ 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.
[ Middle English sloppe
a pool; akin to As. sloppe
, 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 .
[ 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 . Shak. 3. plural Ready-made clothes; also, among seamen, clothing, bedding, and other furnishings.
[ Formed (like abode
) 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. Macaulay.
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
A bank not steep, but gently slope . Bacon.
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.
The sloping land recedes into the clouds. Cowper.
Sloppiness noun The quality or state of being sloppy; muddiness.
[ 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. Froude.
Slopy adjective Sloping; inclined.
[ 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
.] 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.]
[ 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.