• The giant yellow slug
    The giant yellow slug
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v slug strike heavily, especially with the fist or a bat "He slugged me so hard that I passed out"
    • v slug be idle; exist in a changeless situation "The old man sat and stagnated on his porch","He slugged in bed all morning"
    • n slug (boxing) a blow with the fist "I gave him a clout on his nose"
    • n slug any of various terrestrial gastropods having an elongated slimy body and no external shell
    • n slug a projectile that is fired from a gun
    • n slug a strip of type metal used for spacing
    • n slug an amount of an alcoholic drink (usually liquor) that is poured or gulped "he took a slug of hard liquor"
    • n slug an idle slothful person
    • n slug a counterfeit coin
    • n slug a unit of mass equal to the mass that accelerates at 1 foot/sec/sec when acted upon by a force of 1 pound; approximately 14.5939 kilograms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A slug has four noses
    • Slug A drone; a slow, lazy fellow; a sluggard.
    • Slug A hindrance; an obstruction.
    • Slug A ship that sails slowly. "His rendezvous for his fleet, and for all slugs to come to, should be between Calais and Dover."
    • Slug (Print) A thick strip of metal less than type high, and as long as the width of a column or a page, -- used in spacing out pages and to separate display lines, etc.
    • Slug An irregularly shaped piece of metal, used as a missile for a gun.
    • Slug (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of terrestrial pulmonate mollusks belonging to Limax and several related genera, in which the shell is either small and concealed in the mantle, or altogether wanting. They are closely allied to the land snails.
    • Slug (Zoöl) Any smooth, soft larva of a sawfly or moth which creeps like a mollusk; as, the pear slug; rose slug .
    • v. i Slug To become reduced in diameter, or changed in shape, by passing from a larger to a smaller part of the bore of the barrel; -- said of a bullet when fired from a gun, pistol, or other firearm.
    • Slug To load with a slug or slugs; as, to slug a gun.
    • v. t Slug To make sluggish.
    • v. i Slug To move slowly; to lie idle. "To slug in sloth and sensual delight."
    • Slug To strike heavily.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Slugs have 4 noses
    • slug To be slow, dull, or inert; be lazy; lie abed: said of persons or of things.
    • slug To make sluggish.
    • slug To hinder; retard.
    • slug Slow; sluggish.
    • n slug A slow, heavy, lazy fellow; a sluggard; a slow-moving animal.
    • n slug Hence Any slow-moving thing.
    • n slug A hindrance; an obstruction.
    • n slug A terrestrial pulmonate gastropod of one of the families Limacidæ and Arionidæ and related ones, which has only a rudimentary shell, if any. The species inhabit all the northern temperate regions of the globe, living on the land, and chiefly about decaying wood in forests, gardens, and damp places. Marine nudibranchiate gastropods are called sea-slugs. See sea-dug, and cut under Limacidæ.
    • n slug Some or any slug-like soft-bodied insect or its larva; a grub: as, the yellow-spotted willow-slug, the larva of a saw-fly, Nematus ventralis. See pear-slug, rose-slug, slug-caterpillar, slug-worm.
    • n slug The trepang or sea-cucumber; any edible holothurian; a sea-slug.
    • slug To strike heavily. Compare slugger.
    • n slug A heavy or forcible blow; a hard hit.
    • n slug A rather heavy piece of crude metal, frequently rounded in form.
    • n slug Specifically— A bullet not regularly formed and truly spherical, such as were frequently used with smooth-bore guns or old-fashioned rifies. These were sometimes hammered, sometimes chewed into an approximately spherical form.
    • n slug Hence— Any projectile of irregular shape, as one of the pieces constituting mitraille
    • n slug A thick blank of typemetal made to separate lines of print and to show a line of white space; also, such a piece with a number or word, to be used temporarily as a direction or marking for any purpose, as in newspaper composing-rooms the distinctive number placed at the beginning of a compositor's “take,” to mark it as his work. Thin blanks are known as leads. All blanks thicker than one sixteenth of an inch are known as slugs, and are called by the names of their proper typebodies: as, nonpareil slugs; pica slugs In metallurgy, a mass of partially roasted ore.
    • n slug A stunted horn. Compare scur.
    • slug To load with a slug or slugs, as a gun.
    • slug In gunnery, to assume the sectional shape of the bore when fired: said of a bullet slightly larger than the bore.
    • n slug In mining, a loop made in a rope for convenience in descending a shallow shaft, the miner putting his leg through the loop, by which he is supported while being lowered by the man at the windlass.
    • n slug A lead of extra thickness used to widen the space between lines of type.
    • n slug In mech., a name proposed by Worthington for the mass to which a gravitational unit of force must be applied to produce a foot-pound unit of acceleration; 32.2 (or g) times the mass of a standard pound.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Slugs have four noses.
    • n Slug slug a heavy, lazy fellow: a name for land-molluscs of order Pulmonata, with shell rudimentary or absent—they do great damage to garden crops: any hinderance
    • n Slug slug a cylindrical or oval piece of metal for firing from a gun: a piece of crude metal.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. slugge, slothful, sluggen, to be slothful; cf. LG. slukk, low-spirited, sad, E. slack, slouch, D. slak, slek, a snail
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. from slug above, or slug=slog, to hit hard.


In literature:

The slug of a fellow, who is never ill nor well, has a quiet time of it in life, and dies all the easier.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The terrible tale which was related by Slugs had the effect of changing Robin Gore's plans.
"Silver Lake" by R.M. Ballantyne
Come, here's a shot-gun for you, charged wi' slugs.
"Twice Bought" by R.M. Ballantyne
And to charge me with slugging him would be ridiculous.
"The Brand of Silence" by Harrington Strong
They have a shrewd suspicion that the hand which filled a Royal Duke with slugs would not be backward in serving them the same.
"Patsy" by S. R. Crockett
He fattened steadily, and in proportion, growing more slug-like every day.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
When it comes to a slugging match, they are only so many sheep.
"The Winged Men of Orcon" by David R. Sparks
The blacksmith, John Resoft, made slugs by cutting iron rods into pieces.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
The men rushed and slugged and clinched and tugged, and when they fell, got up and went at it again.
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
Lord Guenn was not precisely slug-witted.
"Little Miss Grouch" by Samuel Hopkins Adams

In poetry:

One day he took a heavy slug
Of something rather hot;
He took that something from a jug,
And shortly he was not.
"Dear Friends And Neighbors" by David John Scott
I know the strange tale of the Slug;
The Early Sin--the Fall--
The Sleep--the Vision--and the Vow--
The Quest--the Crown--the Call.
"The Oneness Of The Philosopher With Nature" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Why do they keep the house so late?
The sweet o' the year is at the gate,
And hear the cuckoo calling, saying:
Up, slug-a-bed! 'Tis time for Maying!
The cuckoo calling early and late.
"Flower O' The Year" by Katharine Tynan
I should tell summer from the trees, the worms
Tell, if at all, the winter's storms
Or the funeral of the sun;
I should learn spring by the cuckooing,
And the slug should teach me destruction.
"Here In This spring" by Dylan Thomas
"Ar, 'orspital! There is the place to git.
If I thort Paradise wus 'arf so snug
I'd shove me 'ead above the parapit
An' stop a slug;
But one thing blocks me playin' sich a joke;
I want another scrap before I croak.
"Rabbits" by C J Dennis
But the pirates' small shot or slugs didn't Maynard appal,
He told his men to take their cutlasses and be ready upon his call;
And to conceal themselves every man below,
While he would remain at the helm and face the foe.
"Captain Teach alias Black Beard" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

00 Its Christmastime Slugs And Bugs A Slugs And Bugs Christmas.
Dante Bichette sees home slugging as road to success for Rockies.
Davis slugs Nos 29, 30 in victory.
Daybreak Embrace is a south Florida band that has been slugging it out across the country for over 10 years now.
He is batting.353 with a slugging percentage of.519.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Sean Doolittle was projected to be a slugging first baseman more.
ALBUQUERQUE — After slugging it out for nearly an hour and a half, the Los Alamos-Chaparral boys soccer semifinal was decided by a penalty kick.
The only winner after Chelsea and Manchester City slugged out a grim and scoreless game Sunday evening was the leading team in the English title race, Manchester United.
Bay had a solid 2009 season, hitting.267 with 36 homers and 119 RBI and a.921 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS).
The last time the NHL and NHLPA slugged it out, the results made it possible for Winnipeg to return to the NHL.
' Hunger Games' star Liam Hemsworth slugs man in Philadelphia.
In Your Face, You Miserable Deer and Slugs.
With a.349 batting average and.548 slugging percentage, junior Mark Stoltz was named to the Daktronics all-region second team announced Wednesday.
He held left-handed batters to a.158 average and a.218 slugging percentage while striking out 30 of 116 left-handed hitters.
They led the NL in runs, RBI, average, OBP, slugging percentage and run differential before everything collapsed in May.

In science:

This paper will present further results from the SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey (SLUGS), which is the first systematic submillimetre survey of the local universe.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
We supplemented our 450µm data for the SLUGS galaxies with two observations from the JCMT archive which we reduced, and also with submillimetre, millimetre and FIR fluxes at λ ∼ 150 − 1400µm from the literature.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
CO(3–2) observations of 50 galaxies from the SLUGS IRAS sample are in progress which should allow us to make a better estimate of the contamination in the future (Seaquist, private communication).
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
B the beam FWHM. A similar calculation is given by Seaquist et al. (2004) in calculating the CO 3–2 contribution to continuum for the SLUGS nearby galaxy sample.
Star formation in Perseus - V. Outflows detected by HARP
The mound will then differentiate leading to the formation of a slug which will move in search of a new, more favourable environment in terms of amounts of nutrients.
Randomness and Multi-level Interactions in Biology