slew

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Etymology 1[edit]

In all senses, a mostly British spelling of slue.

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slew (plural slews)

  1. The act, or process of slewing.
  2. A device used for slewing.
  3. A change of position.
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slew (third-person singular simple present slews, present participle slewing, simple past and past participle slewed)

  1. (transitive, nautical) To rotate or turn something about its axis.
  2. (transitive) To veer a vehicle.
  3. (transitive) To insert extra ticks or skip some ticks of a clock to slowly correct its time.
  4. (intransitive) To pivot.
  5. (intransitive) To skid.
  6. (transitive, rail transport) to move something (usually a railway line) sideways
    The single line was slewed onto the disused up formation to make way for the future redoubling.
  7. (transitive, Britain, slang) To make a public mockery of someone through insult or wit.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Compare slough.

Noun[edit]

slew (plural slews)

  1. A wet place; a river inlet.
    • (Can we date this quote by Theodore Roosevelt and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      The prairie round about is wet, at times almost marshy, especially at the borders of the great reedy slews.

Etymology 3[edit]

Ablaut of slay, from Middle English slew, sleugh, past of Middle English sleen. Replaced earlier Middle English slough, slogh, from Old English slōg (past of Old English slēan (to hit, strike, slay)), due to the influence of knew, drew, etc. More at slay.

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slew

  1. simple past tense of slay

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Etymology 4[edit]

Borrowed from Irish slua (crowd), from Old Irish slúag, slóg, from Proto-Celtic *slougos (troop, army), from Proto-Indo-European *slowgʰos, *slowgos (entourage).

Noun[edit]

slew (plural slews)

  1. (US) A large amount.
    She has a slew of papers and notebooks strewn all over her desk.
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