slab

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n slab block consisting of a thick piece of something
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Slab-Slasher Slab-Slasher

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Slab A thin piece of anything, especially of marble or other stone, having plane surfaces.
    • Slab An outside piece taken from a log or timber in sawing it into boards, planks, etc.
    • n Slab That which is slimy or viscous; moist earth; mud; also, a puddle.
    • Slab (Naut) The slack part of a sail.
    • Slab (Zoöl) The wryneck.
    • a Slab Thick; viscous. "Make the gruel thick and slab .""They present you with a cup, and you must drink of a slabby stuff."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n slab A thick piece of timber; especially, the outer cut of a tree or log when sawed up into planks or boards.
    • n slab A thick plate of stone, slate, metal, etc.
    • n slab In general, a piece of anything solid and compact, heavy, and thin in proportion to its length and breadth, but thick enough not to be pliable, especially when of considerable size.
    • n slab Specifically A flat stone, or plate of iron or glass, on which printing-ink is sometimes distributed for use on a hand-press.
    • n slab A thick web or bat of fiber.
    • slab To cut slabs or outside pieces from, as from a log, in order to square it for use, or that it may be sawn into boards with square edges.
    • n slab Moist earth; slime; puddle; mud.
    • slab Thick; viscous; pasty.
    • n slab The wryneck.
    • n slab In Australia, a piece of timber, two or three inches thick, ax hewn, not sawed: used for the walls of rough houses. Also used attributively.
    • n slab A flat mass of metallic tin cast in a chilling mold of stone or metal.
    • n slab plural A commercial name of crude rubber in pieces an inch or two thick formed by pressing several sheets together. See rubber, 3.
    • slab To keep (the sides of any excavation, as a mining-shaft or a well) from crumbling and falling by facing (them) with slabs, either of timber or of stone.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Slab slab a thin slip of anything, esp. of stone, having plane surfaces: a piece sawed from a log
    • v.t Slab to cut slabs from, as a log
    • adj Slab slab thick
    • n Slab mud
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. slabbe, of uncertain origin; perhaps originally meaning, a smooth piece, and akin to slape, Icel. sleipr, slippery, and E. slip, v. i

Usage

In literature:

That's just wood veneer over a three-inch-thick steel slab.
"A Spaceship Named McGuire" by Gordon Randall Garrett
He kept me well supplied with materials, until I had covered the logs with slabs, nailing them down to each stick.
"Down The River" by Oliver Optic
The slab of bark struck a hard obstacle.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
The inner walls of buildings are sometimes covered with thin slabs of marble.
"Diggers in the Earth" by Eva March Tappan
I have come to cover you with the black slabs, never to reappear.
"The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees" by James Mooney
One large marble slab is in the centre.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
The floor was composed of smooth stone slabs.
"A Voyage with Captain Dynamite" by Charles Edward Rich
Were not the slabs above the Shoulder roped?
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
I am standing on a marble slab above an abyss.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
And once the meat was cut into slabs she helped salt it down in the meat log.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
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In poetry:

Nor carve on gleaming, marble slab
A burning thought or deed,
Or word of love, or praise, or blame,
For stranger eyes to read.
"Put Flowers On My Grave" by Madge Morris Wagner
An' when I take a look along the way
That I 'ave trod, it seems the man knows best,
Who's met wiv slabs of sorrer in 'is day,
When 'e is truly rich an' truly blest.
"The Mooch O' Life" by C J Dennis
Knotted and warted, slabbed and armoured like the hide
Of tropic elephant; unstormable and steep
As some grim fortress with a princess-pearl inside,
Where savage guardian faces beard the bastioned keep:
"Tree-Worship" by Richard Le Gallienne
My riches all went into dreams that never yet came home,
They touched upon the wild cherries and the slabs of honeycomb,
They were not of the desolate brood that men can sell or buy,
Down in that poor country no pauper was I.
"The Poor, Poor Country" by John Shaw Neilson
I reckerlect one time a Beak slings Mick a slab uv guff,
Wiv "Thirty days or forty bob" (Mick couldn't raise the stuff) -
An' arsts 'im where 'is conshuns is, an' w'y 'e can't be good,
An' Mick jist grins, an' takes it out, an' never understood.
"Introduction to Ginger Mick" by C J Dennis
They was a proper match. But Mick, 'e goes
An' slips 'is wind, there, on Gallipoli;
Jist pausin' to remark, "Look after Rose."
An', if them partin' words weren't meant fer me,
Well, I'm the gay angora, I suppose,
In this divertin' slab uv 'istory.
"Introduction: Rose of Spadgers" by C J Dennis

In news:

New Slab -Bar Forming Line from Egan Food Technologies is USA-Made.
EnergyEdge is designed to prevent energy loss along the concrete slab edge.
Unexpected, asbestos-laden materials and flaws in an original, concrete slab pushed up the cost of replacing the school's gym floor $134,000, according to Haines Borough director of public facilities Brian Lemcke.
ThyssenKrupp AG produces steel slabs in Brazil that it ships to Alabama for finishing in Calvert.
Man charged with killing dog with a 100-pound concrete slab .
King Tut, a pit bull puppy from Northeast Washington, was killed Friday by someone who stood over the sleeping animal and crushed its skull with a 50-pound slab of concrete, police said.
Head-on collision on Slab Bridge Rd.
This prevents visitors from handling slabs or unauthorized access to the slabs being secured.
Slab Cinema's schedule filling up.
Slab City takes its name from the concrete slabs it sits on -- all that's left from a World War II training camp.
There are nearly 2,000 people living in Slab City, many refugees of the Great Recession.
There can be no substitute—Marble Slab Creamery is the place.
Steve Doerr of Seguin shows one of the white bass he landed using slab spoons on a hot afternoon in late July, while Ken Eilert works to remove the lure from a smaller white.
6 essential slabs of ' Hot Stuff '.
See Justin Bieber like you have never seen him before – bloodied up with a slab of steak on his face.
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In science:

For instance, it describes transmission through a slab with a random magnetic field.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
Consider particles, neutrons or gammas, incident normally on the left face of a slab of material of thickness T .
Monte Carlo: Basics
In one-dimensional model, this means that the particle is directed toward the right or the left face of the slab, with equal probability.
Monte Carlo: Basics
Assume that g = slab (C), L = sla (C)b ⊕ Cb−1 .
Classification of unipotent representations of simple p-adic groups,II
The simplest of such models are 1D diffusion models which assume a slab geometry for the galaxy.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
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