• Grandma and mother admire Robbie's slate sketch
    Grandma and mother admire Robbie's slate sketch
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n slating the act of laying slates for a roof
    • n slating a severely critical attack "the reviewers gave his book a sound slating"
    • n slating 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
    • Slating Slates, collectively; also, material for slating.
    • Slating The act of covering with slate, slates, or a substance resembling slate; the work of a slater.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the building trade a slate measuring 24 by 12 inches is called a
    • n slating Baiting.
    • n slating An unsparing criticism; a severe reprimand.
    • n slating The operation of covering roofs with slates.
    • n slating A roofing of slates.
    • n slating Slates taken collectively; the material for slating: as, the whole slating of a house.
    • n slating A liquid preparation for coating blackboards so that they may be marked upon with chalk or steatite: generally called liquid slating. Such preparations are better than oil-paint, as they do not glaze the surface.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Slating the act of covering with slates: a covering of slates: materials for slating
    • n Slating a severe criticism
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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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. slítan, to slit.


In literature:

For months Hollister, when he thought of the past, thought of it as a slate which had been wiped clean.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
He'd a lot o' slates, had t' devil; there was one slate for iverybody i' Cohen-eead.
"Tales of the Ridings" by F. W. Moorman
There's a raft of things on the slate, for he has been unspeakable kinds of a rascal; beating harmless coolies .
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
I'll start with a clean slate.
"A Mummer's Tale" by Anatole France
The stranger studied, a whimsical smile twisting his lips, a far-away look in the slate-blue eyes.
"The She Boss" by Arthur Preston Hankins
She was thinking of the pretty white slate.
"Baby Pitcher's Trials" by Mrs. May
Why, confound it, didn't we make up the complete slate, including control of the Common Council?
"Double Trouble" by Herbert Quick
With a sinking heart I realized that I must wait and fight it out with Mullins to some sort of a conclusion which would give me a clean slate.
"Branded" by Francis Lynde
The twelve ju-rors all wrote on slates.
"Alice in Wonderland" by J.C. Gorham
Slates are not so much used in our schools as they were years ago, exercise-books being cheaper now.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various

In poetry:

And maybe in an attic
And under ancient slates
A man sits wakeful, working,
He thinks and broods and waits;
"Night" by Boris Pasternak
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
Green, greener grows the foreland
Across the slate-dark sea,
And I'll see faces, places
That have been dreams to me!
"The Landing" by Padraic Colum
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:

Berkeley is slated to get an artisan butcher shop later this year, one that'll trot out a variety of sustainably raised whole beasts.
'Looper' opens buzzy slate with Murray's FDR and Malick's 'Wonder'.
(WESTERVILLE, OH — March 13, 2012) Two short courses offered by the National Ground Water Association are slated to take place in Denver, Colorado, next month.
Chiller Unveils Original Programming Slate.
Chiller has announced its programming slate for the year.
Providence Grove boys get clean slate in attempt to turn program around.
Cleveland County gives those with warrants a chance for a clean slate .
Offers ' clean slate ' to residents.
Operation Clean Slate begins Thursday in Cleveland County.
Tunisia's old guard continues to wither as protesters demand clean slate .
Which is slated to open this coming year in the state capital.
Nick Rolls Out Expansive Development Slate.
Giving workers a clean slate.
The Editor interviews William K Slate II, President and CEO, American Arbitration Association.
A $5-billion Verizon Center that was slated to be built in Niagara County is no more.

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