Meaning of SLAB in English

I. ˈslab, -lah(ə)b noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English slabbe, sclabbe

1. : a comparatively thick plate or slice of something (as of metal, stone, wood, or food)

a slab of bread

cut the marble into slabs



(1) : the irregular outside piece cut from a log in squaring it or preparing it for being sawed into boards

(2) Australia & Africa : a thick roughhewn plank

(3) : a thin piece cut from a board in resawing (as for box making)

b. : a flat substantial piece of timber or stone forming the top of a table or counter

c. : a rectangular piece of iron or steel made by rolling an ingot so that the width of the section is at least twice the thickness — compare bloom

d. : plate 1h(2)

e. : a flat piece (as of stone, glass, or porcelain) on which drugs or colors are ground, printing ink distributed, or various substances (as ointments) are mixed

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

g. : a sheet of crystallized sugar before it is cut into cubes

h. slabs plural : fruit halves (as of apricots, peaches) flattened and matted together during drying


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

the use of a concrete foundation slab in modern small houses

the park included a dance slab

— see slab bridge

(2) : a rectangular building having small depth in comparison with its length and usually height and designed to provide optimum light and air distribution to the inside

2. : firewood cut from lumber waste (as edgings)

burned slab except in the coldest weather

3. : an offset of a bulb and especially of a narcissus bulb

II. verb

( slabbed ; slabbed ; slabbing ; slabs )

transitive verb


a. : to saw, divide, or form into slabs

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


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

b. : to support (as the sides of a shaft or well) with slabs

3. : to put or stick on in slabs : apply thickly

slabbed butter on the bread

enjoyed slabbing paint on the wall

intransitive verb

: to prepare or form slabs : slab something especially as an occupation

spent the winter slabbing at the mill

III. adjective

Etymology: probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to obsolete Danish slab slippery and probably to Danish slab slime

1. dialect chiefly England : thick , slimy , viscid

2. : sloppily sentimental ; also : put on thickly : using profuse and exaggerated language

prose too thick and slab

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect slabb slime, mud, slabba to roll in mud — more at slaver

chiefly dialect : slime , mud

V. noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably short for slab line

: the slack part of a sail

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