slab

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English sclabbe, slabbe, of unknown origin.

Noun[edit]

slab (plural slabs)

  1. (archaic) Mud, sludge.
    • 1664, John Evelyn, Sylva, Or A Discourse of Forest Trees, Volume 1,
      Some do also plant oziers in their eights, like quick-sets, thick, and (near the water) keep them not more than half a foot above ground; but then they must be diligently cleansed from moss, slab, and ouze, and frequently prun'd (especially the smaller spires) to form single shoots; [] .
  2. A large, flat piece of solid material; a solid object that is large and flat.
    • 1859, John Lang, Botany Bay, or, True Tales of Early Australia, page 155,
      There were no windows in the inn. They were not required, since the interstices between the slabs suffered the wind, the rain, and the light of day to penetrate simultaneously.
    • 1913, Jack London, John Barleycorn, 2008, page 14,
      Then there was the Mexican who sold big slabs of chewing taffy for five cents each.
    • 2010, Ryan Humphreys, The Flirtations of Dan Harris, page 73,
      “The pier? You mean those few sodden logs tied together and that dingy slab of rough concrete.”
  3. A paving stone; a flagstone.
  4. (Australia) A carton containing twenty-four cans of beer.
    • 2001, Les Carlyon, Gallipoli, page 8,
      The Australians murder a few slabs of beer and the New Zealanders murder a few vowels.
    • 2008, Diem Vo, Family Life, Alice Pung (editor), page 156,
      However, unlike in Ramsay Street, there were never any cups of tea or bickies served. Instead, each family unit came armed with a slab of beer.
    • 2010, Holly Smith, Perth, Western Australia & the Outback, Hunter Publishing, unnumbered page,
      Common 375-ml cans are called tinnies, and can be bought in 24-can slabs for discounted prices.
    • 2009, Ross Fitzgerald, Trevor Jordan, Under the Influence: A History of Alcohol in Australia, 2011, unnumbered page,
      One essential part of the strategy for selling regionally identified beers beyond their borders was the selling of slabs — a package of four six-packs of stubbies or cans — for discounted prices interstate.
  5. An outside piece taken from a log or timber when sawing it into boards, planks, etc.
  6. A bird, the wryneck.
  7. (nautical) The slack part of a sail.
  8. (slang) A large, luxury pre-1980 General Motors vehicle, particularly a Buick, Oldsmobile or Cadillac.
  9. (surfing) A very large wave.
    • 2009, Bruce Boal, The Surfing Yearbook, SurfersVillage, page 31,
      After being towed into a massive slab, Dorian dropped down the face and caught a rail, putting him in a near-impossible situation.
    • 2011, Douglas Booth, Surfing: The Ultimate Guide, page 95,
      In August 2000 he successfully rode a slab of unfathomable power at Teahupo′o.
  10. (computing) A sequence of 12 adjacent bits, serving as a byte in some computers.
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Verb[edit]

slab (third-person singular simple present slabs, present participle slabbing, simple past and past participle slabbed)

  1. (transitive) To make something into a slab.

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Gaelic & Irish slaib, mud, mire left on a river strand, and English slop (puddle).

Adjective[edit]

slab (comparative more slab, superlative most slab)

  1. thick; viscous
    • Shakespeare
      Make the gruel thick and slab.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology 3[edit]

Acronym of Slow, Loud And Bangin'.

Noun[edit]

slab (plural slabs)

  1. (Southern US, slang) A car that has been modified with equipment such as loudspeakers, lights, special paint, hydraulics, and any other accessories that add to the style of the vehicle.
    Slim thug - wood grain wheel - You ain't riding slab if them ain't swangas on ya ride.
Usage notes[edit]

This term been popularized through the southern rap genre of hip-hop, most notably by rappers such as Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Lil' Keke, and others.

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English

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slab m (invariable)

  1. slab (of metal to be worked)

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Slavic slabŭ

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slab 4 nom/acc forms

  1. weak
  2. thin

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *slabъ.

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slȁb (definite slȁbī, comparative slabiji, Cyrillic spelling сла̏б)

  1. weak

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Slovene[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *slabъ.

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slàb (comparative slábši, superlative nàjslábši)

  1. bad (not good)
  2. weak

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