Meaning of SLAB in English

I. ˈslab noun

Etymology: Middle English slabbe

Date: 14th century

1. : a thick plate or slice (as of stone, wood, or bread): as

a. : the outside piece cut from a log in squaring it

b. : concrete pavement (as of a road) ; specifically : a strip of concrete pavement laid as a single unjointed piece


(1) : a flat rectangular architectural element that is usually formed of a single piece or mass

a concrete foundation slab

(2) : a rectangular building having little width with respect to its length and usually height

2. : something that resembles a slab (as in size, shape, or density)

backed up by a solid slab of reference material — Times Literary Supplement

• slab·like -ˌlīk adjective

II. transitive verb

( slabbed ; slab·bing )

Date: 1703


a. : to remove an outer slab from (as a log)

b. : to divide or form into slabs

2. : to cover or support (as a roadbed or roof) with slabs

3. : to put on thickly

III. adjective

Etymology: akin to Middle English slabben to wallow, obsolete Danish slab muck

Date: 1605

dialect chiefly England : thick , viscous

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.