Meaning of SLUG in English



Pronunciation: ' sl ə g

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English slugge, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect slugga to walk sluggishly

Date: 15th century


2 : a lump, disk, or cylinder of material (as plastic or metal): as a (1) : a musket ball (2) : BULLET b : a piece of metal roughly shaped for subsequent processing c : a $50 gold piece d : a disk for insertion in a slot machine especially : one used illegally instead of a coin

3 : any of numerous chiefly terrestrial pulmonate gastropods (order Stylommatophora) that are found in most parts of the world where there is a reasonable supply of moisture and are closely related to the land snails but are long and wormlike and have only a rudimentary shell often buried in the mantle or entirely absent

4 : a smooth soft larva of a sawfly or moth that creeps like a mollusk

5 a : a quantity of liquor drunk in one swallow b : a detached mass of fluid (as water vapor or oil) that causes impact (as in a circulating system)

6 a : a strip of metal thicker than a printer's lead b : a line of type cast as one piece c : a usually temporary type line serving to instruct or identify

7 : the gravitational unit of mass in the foot-pound-second system to which a pound force can impart an acceleration of one foot per second per second and which is equal to the mass of an object weighing 32 pounds


Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.