slave: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (slāv), [key]
— n., v., slaved, slav•ing.
  1. a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another; a bond servant.
  2. a person entirely under the domination of some influence or person: a slave to a drug.
  3. a drudge: a housekeeping slave.
  4. a slave ant.
  5. a subsidiary flash lamp actuated through its photoelectric cell when the principal flash lamp is discharged.
  6. a mechanism under control of and repeating the actions of a similar mechanism. Cf.(def. 19).
  1. to work like a slave; drudge.
  2. to engage in the slave trade; procure, transport, or sell slaves.
  1. to connect (a machine) to a master as its slave.
  2. to enslave.


Pronunciation: (slāv), [key]
— pl. Slaves, Slave.
  1. a member of a group of Athabaskan-speaking North American Indians living in the upper Mackenzie River valley region of the Northwest Territories and in parts of British Columbia, Alberta, and the Yukon Territory.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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