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- (mostly British) slew
Unknown. Attested from the late 18th century.
- (transitive, nautical) To rotate something on an axis.
- 1841, B.J. Totten, Naval Text-Book, page 10:
- raise the boom […] then slue it by a slue-rope on its heel, until the square hole in the cap is fair with the tenon
- (transitive) To turn something sharply.
- (intransitive) To rotate on an axis; to pivot.
- (intransitive) To slide off course; to skid.
to rotate something on an axis
to turn something sharply
slue (plural slues)
act of sluing
- Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
- “slew” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.