• Grandma and mother admire Robbie's slate sketch
    Grandma and mother admire Robbie's slate sketch
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v slate designate or schedule "He slated his talk for 9 AM","She was slated to be his successor"
    • v slate cover with slate "slate the roof"
    • v slate enter on a list or slate for an election "He was slated for borough president"
    • n slate (formerly) a writing tablet made of slate
    • n slate a list of candidates nominated by a political party to run for election to public offices
    • n slate a fine-grained metamorphic rock that can be split into thin layers
    • n slate thin layers of rock used for roofing
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Reginald working on his slate by the light of a candle Reginald working on his slate by the light of a candle
Kinds of roofing materials excavated include flat tiles (shown here), curved pantiles, slate, and shingles Kinds of roofing materials excavated include flat tiles (shown here), curved pantiles, slate, and shingles
Penn's Slate-roof House, Philadelphia Penn's Slate-roof House, Philadelphia

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A rose imprint that was fossilized in a slate was discovered in Florisant, Colorado, which is said to be thirty-five million years old
    • Slate (Politics) A list of candidates, prepared for nomination or for election; a list of candidates, or a programme of action, devised beforehand.
    • Slate A prepared piece of such stone.
    • Slate A tablet for writing upon.
    • Slate A thin plate of any material; a flake.
    • Slate A thin, flat piece, for roofing or covering houses, etc.
    • Slate (Min) An argillaceous rock which readily splits into thin plates; argillite; argillaceous schist.
    • Slate An artificial material, resembling slate, and used for the above purposes.
    • Slate Any rock or stone having a slaty structure.
    • Slate To cover with slate, or with a substance resembling slate; as, to slate a roof; to slate a globe.
    • Slate To register (as on a slate and subject to revision), for an appointment.
    • v. t Slate To set a dog upon; to bait; to slat. See 2d Slat, 3.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the building trade a slate measuring 24 by 12 inches is called a
    • slate To bait; set a dog loose at.
    • slate To haul over the coals; take to task harshly or rudely; berate; abuse; scold; hold up to ridicule; criticize severely: as, the work was slated in the reviews.
    • n slate A thin, flat stone or piece of stone; a thin plate or flake. See slat, 1.
    • n slate Especially A piece or plate of the stone hence called slate. (See def. 3.) Specifically— A plate of slate used for covering in or roofing buildings; a tile of slate.
    • n slate A rock the most striking characteristic of which is its fissile structure, or capability of being easily split or cleft into thin plates of nearly uniform thickness and smooth surfaces. The rocks in which a flssile structure is particularly well developed are almost exclusively the argillaceous, and those which have been more or less metamorphosed, and this flssility appears to be the result of the rearrangement of the particles of the rock into new combinations flattened into thin scales which lie in a direction at right angles to the direction in which the rock was pressed at the time the metamorphism was taking place. The bestknown variety of slate is the common roofing-slate, which is compact, homogeneous, and fissile enough to be used for covering roofs, or for manufacture into tables, chimney-pieces, writing-slates, etc. The valuable varieties of roofing-slate come almost exclusively from the older metamorphic rocks.
    • n slate A preliminary list of candidates prepared by party managers for acceptance by a nominating caucus or convention: so called as being written down, as it were on a slate, and altered or erased like a school-boy's writing.
    • n slate (which see, under chalk).
    • slate Of the color of slate; slate-colored; of a dark, slightly bluish-gray color of medium luminosity.
    • slate To cover with slate or plates of stone: as, to slate a roof.
    • slate To enter as on a slate; suggest or propose as a candidate by entering the name on the slate or ticket: as, A. B. is already slated for the mayoralty. See I., 4.
    • slate In tanning, to cleanse from hairs, etc., with a slater. See slater, 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Slate slāt a highly metamorphosed argillaceous rock, fine-grained and fissile, and of a dull blue, gray, purple, or green colour—used in thin slabs of small size for ordinary roofs, and in larger slabs for dairy-fittings, wash-tubs, cisterns, tables, &c., and when polished for writing-slates and 'black-boards:' a piece of slate for roofing, or for writing upon: a preliminary list of candidates before a caucus
    • adj Slate bluish-gray, slate-coloured
    • v.t Slate to cover with slate: to enter on a slate
    • v.t Slate slāt to abuse, criticise severely:
    • v.t Slate slāt (prov.) to set a dog at
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Blank slate - A blank slate is something that hasn't been developed or described in any detail.
Clean slate - If you start something with a clean slate, then nothing bad from your past is taken into account.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. slat, sclat, OF. esclat, a shiver, splinter, F. éclat, fr. OF. esclater, to shiver, to chip, F. éclater, fr. OHG. sleizen, to tear, slit, split, fr. slīzan, to slit, G. schleissen,. See Slit (v. t.), and cf. Eclat
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. slítan, to slit.


In literature:

A slated floor is cemented on to the surface of the granite.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
He's just gettin' over typhoid fever; looks about the size and color of a slate pencil.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
I could have wished that the slate had broken straight, so that the inscription would have gone in better.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
West of Lake Ontario, the chasm at the Falls of Niagara shows the strata of the country to be limestone, next slate, and lowest sandstone.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)" by George Warburton
Anyway, we wiped the whole affair off the slate after that.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
Independent slate writing is performed as follows: The circle selects two common slates, or else one folding slate.
"Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers" by Bhakta Vishita
Each boy had his slate and pencil in readiness.
"Bert Lloyd's Boyhood" by J. McDonald Oxley
Another slate floor was laid, an inch above the tank slate, on which to put the sand and stand the plants.
"Woodward's Graperies and Horticultural Buildings" by George E. Woodward
George says "his forehead sneaks away from his face," and on the slate he is made to look like an idiot.
"Little Grandmother" by Sophie May
Miss Tucker turned the slate over, and there was Henrietta's masterpiece.
"Duffels" by Edward Eggleston

In poetry:

To all of this we make reply
By the dull slate of yonder sky:
That we will well and truly try.
We'll try.
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Andrew Rykman's dead and gone;
You can see his leaning slate
In the graveyard, and thereon
Read his name and date.
"Andrew Rykman’s Prayer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The poet's future holds
No civic wreath above him;
Nor slated roof, nor varnished chaise,
Nor wife nor child to love him.
"The Poet’s Lot" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Hands grumble on the door,
Ships anchor off the bay,
Rain beats the sand and slates.
Shall I let in the stranger,
Shall I welcome the sailor,
Or stay till the day I die?
"Ears In The Turrets Hear" by Dylan Thomas
Deceit or truth? The dead possess the hill
In battlements of Totternhoe or slate;
The view is ours, the range and ache of sight.
If Time serves: in a common space unrolls
This Resurrection field, with sheaves in glory like risen souls.
"Edlesborough" by Anne Ridler
"When t' tackler coom wi' t' slate, to-day, he fairly carried on;
An' towd me he'd be like to try an' find a better mon.
He waited for me comin' eawt, as soon as th' engine stopped;
An' sed aw needn't gooa no mooar, because mi looms wur shopped.
"Owd Ailse's Thrift." by William Baron

In news:

Clean slate for Red Sox and Yankees.
Toms River school board " Clean Slate " candidates (Ben Giovine).
A clean slate for Raiders & Falcons.
Adopt-A-Family, Christmas Clearinghouse programs slated.
Colin Fleming has written for Slate, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The New Criterion, ESPN The Magazine, The Guardian, Cineaste, ARTnews, BookForum, and The New Yorker.
Slate on the anniversary of Garry Trudeau's comic strip .
Where Gov Martinez is slated to be a "primetime" speaker.
Samantha R Whitesel and Slate J Whitesel.
Petaluma, Calif.'s Porter Slate (left) scores past Aguadulce, Panama's Edgar Victoria on more.
A Washington, DC, Starbucks that is slated to close.
Slate is looking for a copy editor /Web producer and a product manager.
New Engraved Alan Gordon Scene Slates.
Slate's Dave Weigel deftly skewers Paul Ryan's political persona.
Firwood Church slates annual festival.
Jenny Slate drops F-bomb on SNL: See the clip.

In science:

Survey flux limit versus survey area for a range of sky survey pro jects either completed or slated for completion in the near future. X-ray surveys are shown as large circles with trailing curves, to reflect the decreasing sensitivity of x-ray telescopes as targets move offaxis.
Multi-wavelength Surveys for Distant Clusters
The first condition ensures that any ball currently slated to land has, in fact, already been thrown.
Juggling probabilities
Once identified, VMP stars are often slated for high-resolution spectroscopic follow-up studies, with which more accurate abundances of Fe, C, and numerous other elements, as well as important ratios such as 12C/13C, can be derived.
Carbon Abundances of Three Carbon-Enhanced Metal-Poor Stars from High-Resolution Gemini-S/bHROS Spectra of the 8727A [C I] Line
The molecules slated for deceleration are in a quantum state that increases in energy with increasing electric field.
High-energy-resolution molecular beams for cold collision studies
The wide field imaging surveys slated to be conducted by the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope are expected to find observational evidence for many of these higher-order caustic singularities.
A Universal Magnification Theorem II. Generic Caustics up to Codimension Five