Meaning of SLATE in English

I. ˈslāt, usu -ād.+V noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English slate, sclate, from Middle French esclate, from Old French, feminine of esclat fragment, splinter — more at é clat


a. : a thin flat slab, piece, or layer of laminated rock (as slate) ; sometimes : bone I 8b

b. : a piece of slate or other construction material prepared in the shape of a shingle and used especially for roofing and siding : tile , shingle

roofing slates

roofs are covered with asbestos cement slates — H.M.Dunnett

roofing slate is manufactured by a hand method and by a mill method — J.H.Bateman

2. : a dense fine-grained rock produced by the compression of clays, shales, and various other rocks that develops a characteristic cleavage which may be at any angle with the original bedding plane and consisting essentially of sericite and quartz with biotite, chlorite, and hematite as principal accessories ; also : a cleavable rock that resembles slate


a. : a tablet of slate or slatelike material used especially by children for writing on usually with chalk

b. : a tablet usually of slate bearing take and scene numbers, date, director's name, or similar identifying data and photographed at the beginning or end of a movie take — compare slapstick 1b(2)

c. Britain : a slate on which a compositor in a piecework shop writes his name when he runs out of copy to set

d. : a hand instrument for writing braille consisting of a metal plate pitted with the six points of the braille cell and another metal plate above it with openings through which a stylus is pressed down into the pits one at a time to emboss points in desired position on paper placed between the two plates — called also braille slate


a. : a written or unwritten record of deeds or events

leaving evaluation of the rest of the … slate to history — New Republic

wiped the slate clean of past mistakes — R.G.Woolbert


(1) : a list prepared in advance of candidates for appointment, nomination, or election (as to political or corporation office)

the 10,000 names needed to put an independent slate on the ballot — H.H.Martin

the committee presents one slate to be voted upon at the annual … meeting — Saturday Review

(2) : the group of persons proposed for appointment, nomination, or election

install a new slate of officers for the coming year — Springfield (Massachusetts) Daily News

c. : a list of entrants in a horse race with the betting odds offered posted by a bookmaker

d. : a schedule of sports events

the thirteen-game slate includes home-and-home contests — N.Y.Times


a. : a dark purplish gray that is bluer and deeper than pigeon, redder, lighter, and stronger than charcoal, and bluer and darker than taupe gray

b. : any of various grays similar in color to common roofing slates

- clean slate

- have a slate loose

- on the slate

II. adjective

Etymology: Middle English sclate, from sclate, n., slate

1. : made of slate

a slate roof

2. : of the color slate : slate-colored

a slate dress

3. : containing slate

an Ordovician slate belt

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: slate (I)

transitive verb

1. : to cover with slate or a slatelike substance

slate a house

the roof was slated instead of being thatched — C.K.Finlay


a. : to register or record the name of (a person or event) on a slate or in a schedule

the party slated its candidates

slate the game

b. : to schedule for or to schedule to occur or materialize at a specified time or in a specified place

conclave is slated Sunday through next Thursday — Sacramento (Calif.) Bee

elections slated in Japan next Sunday — Newsweek

— usually used with for

market had been slated for January 24-28 — Retailing Daily

elections slated for July 1-2 — R.J.Kerner

new ammonia plant is slated for the Midwest — Wall Street Journal

thunderstorms are slated for the northern Appalachians — New Orleans (La.) Times-Picayune

c. : to designate (a person or thing) for a specified function or purpose : act or be acted upon in a specified way at some time in the future : schedule , appoint

slated for a prominent role in these plans — Printers' Ink

who had been slated to start the game — Roscoe McGowen

bill S246 slated for passage — W.A.Wittich

work is slated to start shortly — P.S.Nathan

slated to be converted into a … hospital — E.J.Kahn

d. : destine , predestine , foreordain

everything is … slated to fulfill a rational end — Harry Bear

by aptitude, personality, and work he is obviously slated to go up — E.J.Fitzgerald

3. : to flesh (hides) with a slater

intransitive verb

1. : to make slates

2. : to lay slates

3. : to flesh hides with a slater

IV. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English slaiten, irregular from or akin to Old English slǣtan to bait; akin to Old High German sleizen to split, Old English slītan to slit, tear — more at slit

dialect Britain : to set a dog on : hound

V. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: probably alteration of slat (IV)

1. : to thrash or pummel severely

2. chiefly Britain : to criticize or censure severely : berate

slated him years later for having a part in the vilification — W.T.Scott

severely slated for his pedantry, literary arrogance — R.G.Howarth

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.