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From Middle English slice, esclice, from Old French esclice, esclis ‎(a piece split off), deverbal of esclicer, esclicier ‎(to splinter, split up), from Frankish *slitjan ‎(to split up), from Proto-Germanic *slitjaną, from Proto-Germanic *slītaną ‎(to split, tear apart), from Proto-Indo-European *slaid-, *sled- ‎(to rend, injure, crumble). Akin to Old High German sliz, gisliz ‎(a tear, rip), Old High German slīzan ‎(to tear), Old English slītan ‎(to split up). More at slite, slit.


slice ‎(plural slices)

  1. That which is thin and broad.
  2. A thin, broad piece cut off.
    a slice of bacon; a slice of cheese; a slice of bread
  3. amount
    • 2010 December 28, Owen Phillips, “Sunderland 0 - 2 Blackpool”, BBC:
      Blackpool, chasing a seventh win in 17 league matches, simply could not contain Sunderland's rampant attack and had to resort to a combination of last-ditch defending, fine goalkeeping and a large slice of fortune.
  4. A piece of pizza.
    • 2010, Andrea Renzoni, ‎Eric Renzoni, Fuhgeddaboudit! (page 22)
      For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the best Guido meal is a slice and a Coke.
  5. (Britain) A snack consisting of pastry with savoury filling.
    I bought a ham and cheese slice at the service station.
  6. A broad, thin piece of plaster.
  7. A knife with a thin, broad blade for taking up or serving fish; also, a spatula for spreading anything, as paint or ink.
  8. A salver, platter, or tray.
  9. A plate of iron with a handle, forming a kind of chisel, or a spadelike implement, variously proportioned, and used for various purposes, as for stripping the planking from a vessel's side, for cutting blubber from a whale, or for stirring a fire of coals; a slice bar; a peel; a fire shovel.
  10. One of the wedges by which the cradle and the ship are lifted clear of the building blocks to prepare for launching.
  11. (printing) A removable sliding bottom to a galley.
  12. (golf) A shot that (for the right-handed player) curves unintentionally to the right. See fade, hook, draw
  13. (Australia, New Zealand) A class of heavy cakes or desserts made in a tray and cut out into squarish slices.
  14. (medicine) A section of image taken of an internal organ using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computed tomography), or various forms of x-ray.
  15. (falconry) A hawk's or falcon's dropping which squirts at an angle other than vertical. (See mute.)

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slice ‎(third-person singular simple present slices, present participle slicing, simple past and past participle sliced)

  1. To cut into slices.
    Slice the cheese thinly.
  2. To cut with an edge utilizing a drawing motion.
    The knife left sliced his arm.
  3. (golf) To hit a shot that slices (travels from left to right for a right-handed player).
  4. (soccer) This term needs a definition. Please help out and add a definition, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.
    • 2011 October 22, Sam Sheringham, “Aston Villa 1 - 2 West Brom”, BBC Sport:
      Chris Brunt sliced the spot-kick well wide but his error was soon forgotten as Olsson headed home from a corner.
  5. (transitive) To clear (e.g. a fire, or the grate bars of a furnace) by means of a slice bar.

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slice ?

  1. shell

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