Meaning of slate


Pronunciation: (slāt), [key]
— n., v., slat•ed, slat•ing.
  1. a fine-grained rock formed by the metamorphosis of clay, shale, etc., that tends to split along parallel cleavage planes, usually at an angle to the planes of stratification.
  2. a thin piece or plate of this rock or a similar material, used esp. for roofing or as a writing surface.
  3. a dull, dark bluish gray.
  4. a list of candidates, officers, etc., to be considered for nomination, appointment, election, or the like.
  5. an unsullied record; a record marked by creditable conduct: to start over with a clean slate.
  1. to cover with or as with slate.
  2. to write or set down for nomination or appointment: the district leader slated for city judge.
  3. to plan or designate (something) for a particular place and time; schedule: The premiere was slated for January.
  4. to censure or criticize harshly or violently; scold.
  5. to punish severely.


Pronunciation: (slāt), [key]
— slat•ed, slat•ing.
  1. to sic or set a dog on (a person or animal).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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