slush

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v slush spill or splash copiously or clumsily "slosh paint all over the walls"
    • v slush make a splashing sound "water was splashing on the floor"
    • n slush partially melted snow
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Slush A mixture of snow and water; half-melted snow.
    • Slush (Mach) A mixture of white lead and lime, with which the bright parts of machines, such as the connecting rods of steamboats, are painted to be preserved from oxidation.
    • Slush A soft mixture of grease and other materials, used for lubrication.
    • Slush Soft mud.
    • Slush The refuse grease and fat collected in cooking, especially on shipboard.
    • Slush To paint with a mixture of white lead and lime.
    • Slush To smear with slush or grease; as, to slush a mast.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n slush Sludge, or watery mire; soft mud.
    • n slush Melting snow; snow and water mixed.
    • n slush A mixture of grease and other materials used as a lubricator.
    • n slush The refuse of the cook's galley on board ship, especially grease what is not used, as for slushing the masts, etc., formerly became the cook's perquisite at the end of the voyage.
    • n slush A mixture of white lead and lime with which the bright parts of machinery are covered to prevent their rusting.
    • slush To apply slush to; grease, lubricate, or polish with slush: as, to slush the masts.
    • slush To wash roughly: as, to slush a floor with water
    • slush To cover with a mixture of white lead and lime, as the bright parts of machinery.
    • slush To fill, as the joints and spaces between the bricks or stones of a wall, with mortar or cement: usually with up: as, to slush up a wall.
    • slush To slop; spill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Slush slush liquid mud: melting snow: a mixture of grease for lubrication: the refuse of the cook's galley in a ship
    • v.t Slush to apply slush to, to grease: to wash by throwing water upon: to fill spaces in masonry with mortar (with up): to coat with a mixture of white-lead and lime the bright parts of machinery
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Quotations

  • Tallulah Bankhead
    Tallulah Bankhead
    “I'm as pure as the driven slush.”
  • Doug Larson
    Doug Larson
    “Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Sw. slaska, to paddle in water, slask, wet, filth

Usage

In literature:

To make things worse, the winter was now upon us, and we had to tramp along wearily in the blinding rain and slush.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
The latter imitating him as to the drink, takes seat by his side; Old Tarry and Slush having already disposed of themselves.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
And when they fell the flag fell with them, into the grime and slush of the road.
"The Flag" by Homer Greene
In the driving rain and slush the army got ready to march forward.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
All the world besides was loneliness and darkness and drizzle and slush.
"Duffels" by Edward Eggleston
Talking slush and thinking slop!
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
For one night in his life Skinner will not be a walk-in-the-slush man!
"Skinner's Dress Suit" by Henry Irving Dodge
It melted the light snow-fall which whitened the ground into a disagreeable compound of slush and mud.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
What daffodils we have in that month of alternate slush and blizzard bloom in pots, indoors.
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton
Stiffly he gathered himself out of the snow slush.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
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In poetry:

Half ower, she cam intil a lair
O' snaw and slush and weet:
The Lord hae mercy! what's that there?
It was Johnnie at her feet.
"The Last Wooin" by George MacDonald
February. Take ink and weep,
write February as you’re sobbing,
while black Spring burns deep
through the slush and throbbing.
"‘February. Take ink and weep,’" by Boris Pasternak
A heavy woollen scarf,
Strong boots that reach the calf,--
Away we go
Through snow and slush and wet,--
And can we once forget
'Tis May? Oh, no!
"Charming May" by John Hartley
By all the precepts of perspective
Well-surfaced highway windings rush
Among the fields, among the meadows,
Not raising dust, nor stuck in slush.
"The Road" by Boris Pasternak
It almost seemed to me as deadening as the sluice of dreary Styx.
Fire and foulness mixed with leadening
Slush I drank; but swam the reddening
Stuff a league with weary licks.
Up a sulphurous bank
We climbed, and there I sank.
"Written In Hell" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

Ohio nurse didn't realize she took, discarded kidney in slush during transplant, report says.
What was originally conceived of as a tool to revamp blighted areas has mutated into a politician wish-list granting slush fund, and a crony-capitalist feeding trough.
Time to review 'slush funds' and supervisor pay.
It began snowing in Rome near midday Friday and the cobblestone streets were covered with slush, prompting the local police chief to call off the match.
Many drivers were surprised Wednesday with a thin layer of slick snow and slush.
Here's a tasty refresher all the adults can enjoy--The Bourbon Slush .
An Ice-Cream-Pop Cart and a Slush Truck.
The slush truck comes out early for disaster relief.
Tucson News NowStrawberry Slush .
It's $1.5 million of Jefferson County legislative delegation slush , a sum of money pooling around the ankles of Reps John Rogers and Arthur Payne, if only to remind us how snotty those guys were when the county needed help.
The Slush Funds of Iowa.
Our brandy slush is a great morning surprise.
So technically I think it snowed yesterday, the second day of spring, but it seemed more like it was slushing from the sky.
Navajo VP charged in slush fund investigation.
A Navajo presidential candidate and his running mate are among tribal officials charged in an investigation of slush funds.
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In science:

For example, the XY model would not display an analogue of the “vortex-slush” phase that has been discussed based on some transport measurements .
Topological Defects in the Random-Field XY Model and the Pinned Vortex Lattice to Vortex Glass Transition in Type-II Superconductors
Other topologies of the phase diagram, including possibly the proposed “vortex slush” regime are also possible .
Topological Defects in the Random-Field XY Model and the Pinned Vortex Lattice to Vortex Glass Transition in Type-II Superconductors
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