• WordNet 3.6
    • v slew move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner "the wheels skidded against the sidewalk"
    • v slew turn sharply; change direction abruptly "The car cut to the left at the intersection","The motorbike veered to the right"
    • n slew (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent "a batch of letters","a deal of trouble","a lot of money","he made a mint on the stock market","see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos","it must have cost plenty","a slew of journalists","a wad of money"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Slew imp. of Slay.
    • v. t Slew See Slue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n slew Preterit of slay.
    • n slew A spelling of slue, slue, slough.
    • n slew A swift tideway; an eddy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • pa.t Slew slōō of slay.
    • v.t Slew (naut.) to turn anything about its axis without removing it from its place: to turn or twist about
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  • William Shakespeare
    “As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Ice. snua, to turn.


In literature:

My wife did not even let me see my son before she slew me.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
And I knew that they tare and slew each other, for I heard the fierce flapping of their wings.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
Their friend, Granganimeo, died, and they slew King Wingina and his chiefs without warning, for alleged plots.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
They were the prey of miscreants of Blackbeard's stripe who destroyed and slew for the pleasure of it.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
Havelok himself slew three at one blow.
"Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race" by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
Thus I slew the three of them.
"The Sundering Flood" by William Morris
Thereupon he fell upon them suddenly, slew eleven, put the others to flight, and rode back in triumph with his rescued king.
"With Spurs of Gold" by Frances Nimmo Greene
Instead of this they dug their own graves, for Bruce slew all three with his own hand.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
Of the two women, the elder slew the younger, and then slew herself.
"With Airship and Submarine" by Harry Collingwood
He fell from his horse, and a band of the opposing cavalry encircled and slew him, not knowing who he was.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various

In poetry:

I conquered all Gallya,
That now is called France;
And slew the hardye Froll in feild,
My honor to advance.
"The Legend of King Arthur" by Thomas Percy
"Among you let her mournful memory linger!
Siena bare her, whom Maremma slew;
And this dark lord, who gave her maiden finger
His ancient gem, the secret only knew."
"Madonna Pia" by Helen Gray Cone
But the very first night we lay abed
Befell his sorrow and harm,
That thither came the King’s ill men,
And slew him on mine arm.
O well were I from the World away.
"The Lay Of Christine" by William Morris
Nature, a jealous mistress, laid him low.
He woo'd and won her; and, by love made bold,
She showed him more than mortal man should know,
Then slew him lest her secret should be told.
"Epitaph II" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
The next time that Peter denied his Lord
'Twas Mary the Mother in Heaven Who heard,
She grieved for the maidens and wives that they slew
When the cock crew—when the cock crew—
At Tirmonde and Aerschott when the cock crew!
"The Song at Cock-Crow" by Rudyard Kipling
Eyes that have never seen a mother's face,
Have you no mercy that you stare and stare,
Although I never felt the hope I slew?
Wide eyes, but when I kneel to God for grace,
Your steadfast pity deepens my despair;
The darkness I desire is full of you.
"Unborn" by John Le Gay Brereton

In news:

Kurt Cobain made great music as the frontman of Nirvana, but he was also influenced by a slew of great musicians, too.
With a slew of new players on the varsity team, Coach Raul Mendoza has a very small lineup.
Story by Dan Hust MONTICELLO — A slew of issues came before legislators during Thursday's committee meetings.
A slew of youth filled the air with footballs during the 10th annual Rogers Rams Big Blue camp last week.
Just a year after they rebranded themselves with a flashy new logo, a brand new ballpark, a slew of high priced free agents, the Miami Marlins seem to be back to their old ways.
The San Francisco Giants swept the World Series and a slew of post-season awards.
And because of a slew of upsets elsewhere in the nation, he saw his seniority in the House jump dramatically.
As final minutes wore down, the Red Barons and Twins traded buckets between a slew of turnovers and missed shots at both ends of the floor.
President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov Mitt Romney canceled a slew of campaign rallies as the storm threatened millions.
As Mayor Michael Bloomberg ramps up his re-election campaign , a slew of TV ads and his new direct mail brochures reinforce a central theme: He understands the average New Yorker.
A slew of trails for both adventurous hikers and casual walkers.
If there is one theme in this year's list of Boston Music Awards winners, it's the heavy slew of repeat offenders.
Terius Nash gets snippy onstage in front of Jay-Z, Beyonce, and a slew of adoring ladies.
It's an unusual debate with a slew of evidence hailing it and then nearly vilifying it.
A slew of sales, from here to cyberspace .

In science:

This limits the amount of light in the pulse since the slew rates in the electronics are such that full amplitude is not attained before the pulse is turned off.
An LED-based Flasher System for VERITAS
The details of slewing correction will be discussed later.
Beam test of signal cross-talk and transmission for LMPRC
Since the leading edge discriminating method is used for timing, a slewing correction is needed to get rid of the dependence of timing on the signal amplitude.
Beam test of signal cross-talk and transmission for LMPRC
The time distribution of the mean value from two ends of one strip before slewing correction.
Beam test of signal cross-talk and transmission for LMPRC
The fit parameters are used for the slewing correction.
Beam test of signal cross-talk and transmission for LMPRC