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Sleeve-link (slev'lingk), n. A contrivance consisting of two buttons or studs connected by a link (or fastening the sleeve or wristband.

Sleezy (sle'zi), o. See Sleazy.

Sleid (slid), v. t. [See Slet.] To prepare for use in the weaver's sley or slaie.

She weived the sUtdedsiSk
With fingers long1. Shah.

Sleigh (sla), n. [D slel, a contr. form of sleede, a sled or sledge. (See Sled.) The word was probably introduced by the Dutch into America and thence to England.) A vehicle mounted on runners for transporting persons on the snow or ice. It is generally of a more elegant or ornamental form than the sledge or sled used for heavy traffic.

You hear the merry tinkle of the little bells which announce the speeding sleigh. Ec. Rev.

Sleigh-bell (sbVbel), n. A small bell of

globular form attached to a sleigh or its arness to give notice of the vehicle's approach.

Sleighing (sla'ing), n. 1. The state of the snow which admits of running sleiehs. [United States.]-2. The act of riding in a sleigh.

Sleighly.t adv. [See Sleight.] Slily; cunningly. Chaucer.

Sleight (slit), n. [From O.E. sleigh, sligh, sly, crafty, like height from high; Icel. slmgth, slyness, cunning, from swegr, sly. See Sly] 1. An artful trick; a trick or feat so dexterously performed that the manner of performance escapes observation. 'Lest our simplicity be overreached by cunning sleights/ Hooker. 2. t An art; a skilful operation. 'Distilled by magic sleights.' Shak. -3. Dexterous practice; dexterity.

Till what by sleight and what by strength
They had it wonne. Gcwer.

As lookers on feel most delight

That least perceive the juggler's sleight. Hudibras.

Sleight of hand, legerdemain, prestidigitation. Beau d> Fl.

Sleight t (slit), a. Deceitful; artful. 'Spells ... of power to cheat the eye with sleight illusion.' Milton.

Sleightful t (-lit ful), a. Artful; cunningly dexterous; crafty. 'Sleightful otters.' W. Browne.

SleightUyt(slit'i-li), adv. Craftily.

Sleightyt (slit'i), a. Exercising Blefght or craft; cunning; crafty; tricky. 'Men's sleighty jugling and counterfeit craftea.' Bp. Gardiner.

Slen.t Sleen.t pros, tense pi. orinfln. of sic, to slay.

Slender (slen'der), a. [O.D. slinder, thin, slender. Perhaps the root meaning is pliant, bending to and fro; comp. D. slinderen, slidderen, to wriggle, to creep as a serpent; L.O. rlindern, to glide] 1. Small or narrow in circumference or width compared with the length; not thick; slim; thin; as, a slender stem or stalk of a plant.

Beauteous Helen shines among the rest.
Tall, slender, straight, with all the graces blest.

2. Not strong; weak; feeble; slight; as, slender hope; slender probabilities; & slender constitution.

Mighty hearts are held in slender chains. Pope. It is very slender comfort that relies upon this nice distinction. Tillotson.

3. Moderate; trivial; inconsiderable.

A slender degree of patience will enable him to enjoy both the humour and the pathos. Sir IV. Scott.

4. Small; insufficient; inadequate; meagre; pitiful; as. slender means. 'A thin and slender pittance.' Shak.

Frequent begging makes slender alms Fuller.

5. Not amply supplied.

The good Ostortus often deign'd

To grace my slender table. A. Philips.

6. Spare; abstemious.

In obstructions inflammatory the ailment ought to be cool, slender, thin, diluting. Arbuthitot.

Slenderly (slen'der-li), adv. In a slender manner; slightly; feebly; inadequately; meagrely; sparely; meanly. 'Like a cobweb weavingslenderly.' Spenser. 'Neither is it a sum to be slenderly regarded.' Sir J. Hayxoard.

Slenderness (slen'der-nes), n. The state or quality of lM»ing slender: (a) slimness; amallness of diameter in proportion to the length; us, the slenderness of a hair, (b) Want of strength; weakness; slightnesa; feebleness; as, the slenderness of a hope, (c) Want of plenty: insufficiency; as, the slenderness of a supply.

Slent t (slent), v.i. [SeeSlant] To make au oblique remark or sarcastic reflection.

Shoot your arrows at me till your quiver be empty, but glance not the least slenting insinuation at his majesty. Fuller.

Slent t (slent), v. t To cause torn aslant or aside; to ward off.

Slepe.t v.i. To sleep. Chaucer.

Slepez (sle-peUO, n. [Russian name, signifying blind.] A remarkable rodent of the genus Spalax {S. typhlus), order Rodeutia. Called also the Mote-rat. It is a native of Southern Russia, Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, and Syria Like the mole, to which it bears considerable resemblance, it spends most of its time in the subterranean tunnels excavated by its powerful paws. It has no eyes, or rather only rudimentary ones, consisting of tiny black specks lying under the skin; but its organs of hearing are largely developed. It commits great devastation in cultivated ground, eating roots of plants.

Slept (alept), pret. and pp. of sleep.

Sleuth (sloth), n. [See Slot] The track of man or beast as known by the scent. [Scotch. 1

Sleuth-hound (sloth/hound), n. A bloodhound. [Scotch and Northern English.]

Slew(slu). pret. of slay.

Slew (slu), v.t To swing rouud; to slue. See Slue.

Slewed (si ud), a. Moderately drunk. [Slang.]

Sley (sla), n, [A Sax sla, a sley; Icel. sld, a bar, bolt, cross-beam.] A weaver's reed. Also written Slay.

Sley (sla), v.t. To separate or part into threads, as weavers do; to prepare for the sley.

Sllbbert (slib'er), a. Slippery; smooth. Holland.

Slibowitz (slUro-vits), n. An ardent spirit, distilled in Bohemia from the fermented juice of plums.

Slice (alls), v.t. pret A pp. sliced; ppr. slicing. [O.Fr. esclice, from the O.; O.H.G. skleizan, scllzan, ^lod.Q.schleiszen,to break, to split. Akin slate, slit (which see).] 1. To cut into thin pieces, or to cut off a thin broad piece from; as, to slice an apple or a loaf. —2. To cut into parts; to cut; to divide.

Princes and tyrants slice the earth among them. Burnet.

S. To cut off in a broad piece; to sever with a sharp instrument: often with off; as, to slice off & piece.

Slioe(slis),n. [From the verb.] l.A thin broad piece cut off; as, a slice of bacon; a slice of cheese; & slice of bread. — 2. That which is thin and broad like a slice; as, (a) a broad, thin piece of plaster, (6) An instrument for clearing the air-spaces between the bars of furnaces; a fire-shovel; a peel, (e) A salver, platter, or tray. Pepys. (d) A round-ended pliable knife, used for spreading plasters; a spatula, (e) A broad thin knife for serving fish at table. (/) A kind of paddle used by printers for spreading ink on the inking table, (g) A spade -shaped tool used for flensing whales, (h) A bar with a chisel or spear-headed end used for stripping off the sheathing or planking of ships.

Slice-bar (slis'bar), n. Same as Slice 2 (b).

Slicer (slis'er), n. One who or that which slices; specifically, (a) the slightly concave circular saw used in gem-cutting. (6) Same as Slice, 2 (h).

SllCh, Slick (slich, slik), n. [L.O. slick, G. schlich, pounded and washed ore] The ore of a metal, particularly of gold, when pounded and prepared for working.

Sliclct (slik), a. [SeeSleek.] Sleek; smooth. 'Silver-bow'd Apollo . . . both slicke and daintie.' Chapman.

Slick f^lik), adv. Immediately; thoroughly; effectually. [American.]

Slick (slik), v.t. To make sleek or smooth. 'Slicked all with sweet oil/ Chapman, [Obsolete or provincial]

Sllcken (slik'en), a. Sleek; smooth. [Obsolete or provincial.]

Slickensided (slik'en-sld-ed), a. In m ining, characterized by having sllcken-sides.

SUcken-sides, SUken-sidea (slik'en-Bldz), Ti. pi. [From forming a sleek or smooth surface on the sides of cavities.] 1. A variety of galena in Derbyshire. It occurs lining the walls of very small rents or fissures.—2. In mining, a term applied to the polished striated surfaces of joints, beds, or fissures of rocks, glazed over with a film of calcareous or siliceous matter. Such surfaces are frequently due to the enormous reciprocal friction of two contiguous surfaces whose original relative positions have been altered

by some movement of disturbance. Hence slicken-sides are found in connection with faults.

Slicking (slik'ing), ». In mining, a narrow vein of ore.

Slicknesat (slik'nes), n. State of be in 2 slick; sleekness.

Slid (slid), pret of slide.

Slid, Slidden (slid, slid'n), pp. of slide.

SUdder (slid'er), v.i. [A. Sax. tliderian, slidHan. See SLIDE.] To slide with interruptions; to slip repeatedly. [Old English and Scotch.]

With that he dragg'd the trembling sire Slidtfring through clotted blood. Dryden

SUdder, t SUdderlyt (slid'er, alid'er-li), a. [See above.] Slippery.

Sliddery (slid'er-i), a. Slippery. [Old and provincial. ]

SUde (slid), v.i. pret. slid, sometimes dided; pp. slid, slidden; ppr sliding. [A. Sax. slidan, to slide; 0 0. sltten. Sledge (the vehicle) and sled are allied.] 1. To move along the surface of any body by slipping; to slip; to glide; as, a sledge slides on snow or ice; a snow-slip slides down the mountain's side. Especially—2. To move over the surface of the snow or ice with a smooth uninterrupted motion; to amuse one's self with gliding over a surface of ice.

They bathe in summer, and in winter slide.


3. To pass inadvertently.

Make a door and a bar for thy mouth: beware thou slide not by it. Ecclus. xxviij. at>.

4. To pass along smoothly; to move gently onward; to slip away; to glide onward; as, a ship or boat slides through the water.

Ages shall slide away without perceiving. Dryden Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole. Pipe.

6. To be disregarded. 'Let the world slide.' Shak.—6. To pass silently and gradually from one state to another: generally from a better to a worse. 'Nor could they have slid into those brutish immoralities.' South.

7. To make a slip; to commit a fault; to backslide. Shak.—8. To go; to move off; to be gone. [Colloq. ]—9. In music, to pass from one note to another without any cessation of sound or apparent distinction between the intervals.

SUde (slid), v.t. 1. To thrust smoothly along: to thrust or push forward by slipping; as, to slide along a log or piece of timber.—2. To pass or put imperceptibly; to slip. 'Sliding in or leaving out such words as entirely change the question!' Watt*.

SUde (slid), n. 1. A smooth and easy passage.

Kings that have able men of their nobility shall find ease in employing them,' and a better slide into business. Satan,

2. Flow; even course.

There be, whose fortunes are like Homer's verses. that have a slide and easiness more than the verses of other poets. Bacon.

3. A prepared smooth surface of ice for

sliding on.

Mr. Pickwick ... at last took another run, and went slowly and gravely down the slide, with his feet about a yard and a quarter apart, amid the gratified shouts of all the spectators. Dtdtens.

4 An inclined plane for facilitating the descent of heavy bodies by the force of gravity. —5. In music, a grace consisting of two small notes moving by conjoint degrees, and leading to a principal note above or below.—0. That part of an instrument or apparatus which slides or is slipped into or out of place; as, (a) the glass on which a microscopic object is mounted, the pictures shown by the stereoscope, magic-lantern, and the like, (fr) The guide-bars on the crosshead of a steam-engine; also, the slidevalve, (c) The sliding tube of a trumpet or trombone.

Slide-groat (alld'grdt), n. Same as Shoregroat. Shovel-board.

Slider (slid'er), 11. One who or that which slides; specifically, the part of an instrument, apparatus, or machine that slides.

Slide-rail (slid'ral), n. 1. A contrivance for shunting carriages, wagons, <fcc., consisting of a platform on wheels running transversely across the tracks, and carrying the carriage, iVc, from one line of rails to another without shunting.—2. A switch-rail See RailWay.

Slide-rest (slid'rest), n. An appendage to the turning-lathe for holding and resting the cutting-tool, and insuring accuracy in its motion. The slide-rest imparts motion to the cutting-tool in two directions, the one being parallel and the other at light angles to the axis of the lathe.


Slide-rod (slid'rud), n. The rod which moves tiit* slide- ral ve in a steam -engine.

Slider-pump (slid'er-pump), n, A name common to several pumps of various forms, but all having a piston which revolves continuously and forces the water through a pipe by means of a slide regulated by a spring, which intercepts its passage in any other direction.

Slide-valve (slid'valv), n, A contrivance extensively employed in regulating the admission or escape of steam or water in machinery. A familiar example of the slidevalve is found in the ordinary steam-valve of a steam-engine. See D-Valve.

Sliding (sliding), a. 1. Fitted for sliding; apt to slide. — 2. Slippery; uncertain; as, sliding fortune. Chaucer.

Sliding (slid'ing), n. 1. Lapse; falling; transgression; backsliding.

You secm'd c-f laic to make the law a tyrant;
And rather prov'd the sliding of your brother
A merriment than a vice. Shak.

2. In meek, the motion of a body along a plane, when the same face, or surface of the moving body, keeps in contact with the surface of the plane; thus distinguished from rolling, in which the several parts of the moving body come successively in contact with the plane on which it rolls.

Sliding-baulk (slld'ing-bak), n. In shipbuildmg, one of a set of planks fitted under the bottom of a ship, to descend with her upon the bilge-ways in launching. They are also termed SluSing-plank*.

Sliding-gauge (slid'inK-gaj), n. An instrument used by mathematical instrument makers for measuring and setting off distances.

Sliding - gunter Mast (slld'ing-gun-ter mast), n. In a square-rigged vessel, a spar opon which a sky sail is set when the royal mast has no pole. It rests upon the topgallant mast-head.

Sliding-keel (slid'ing-kel), n. A narrow oblong frame or platform let down vertically through the bottom of a small vessel, like the deepening of a keel throughout a portion of her length. Sliding-keels serve to diminish the tendency of any vessel having a fiat bottom or small draught to roll, and to prevent a sailing vessel from falling to leeward when close-hauled.

Sliding - plank (slid'lng-plangk), n. See


Sliding-rule (8lid'ing-rbT),n. A mathematical instrument or scale, consisting of two parts, one of which slides along the other, and each having certain sets of numbers engraved on it, so arranged that when a given number on the one scale is brought to coincide with a given number on the other, the product or some other function of the two numbers is obtained by inspection. The numbers may be adapted to answer various purposes, but the Instrument is chiefly used in gauging and for the measuring of timber.

Sllding-scale (sHd'ing-skal), n, 1. A scale or rate of payment which varies under certain conditions; as, (a) a scale for raising or lowering imposts in proportion to the fall and rise in the prices of the goods. (&) A scale of wages which rises and falls with the market price of the goods turned out (c) The scale of prices for manufactured goods which is regulated by the rise and fall in price of the raw material, &c—2. Same as


Slie,t Sllgh,t a. Sly; cunning. Chaucer.

Slight tsTft),' a. [Not found in Anglo-Saxon, but in all the other Teutonic tongues. D. tLeht, plain, common, mean; IceL slittr (with loss of the guttural), smooth, even, common; G. sehlecht, smooth, plain, then plain as opposed to whatisofsuperiorvalue, and then bad. The word is supposed to have meant originally beaten out smooth, the root being that of slay.] 1. Not decidedly marked; inconsiderable; unimportant; small; trifling; insignificant; Om, a slight diflerence. 'Iu some slight measure.' Shak. 1 Not strong or forcible; feeble; weak; gentle: as, a flight impulse, impression, or effort—3. Not severe, violeht, or very painful; not dangerous; as, a flight pain, illness, headache, or the like.—4. Not thorough or exhaustive; superficial; careless; negligent; as. a slight examination.—5. Not firm or enduring; perishable; as, a elight structure. 6 Paltry -.contemptible; worthless; frivolous. 'tvtTjtlightoccasion.' Shak. 'Somepleasenun. some slight zany.' Shak. 'A slight unnx-ri table man,' Shak.

I *ii shamed through all niy nature to have loved so slight a thing. Tennyson.


7. Not stout or heavy; slim; slender. 'Round the flight waist.' Byron. 'HiB own figure, which was formerly so slight.' Sir W. Scott.

8. Contemptuous; disdainful.

Slight was his answer—Well," I care not


ftt Foolish; silly; weak In Intellect. Slight (slit), n. A moderate degree of contempt manifested chiefly by neglect, oversight, or inattention; neglect; disregard; scorn; as, to suffer many flights at a person's hands.

An image seem'd to pass the door,

To look, at her with slight. Tennyson.

Stn. Neglect, disregard, inattention, contempt, disdain, scorn.

Slight (slit), v.t To treat as of little value and unworthy of notice; to disregard intentionally; to treat with intentional neglect or superciliousness; as, to slight the divine commands or the offers of mercy; to flight a person. 'Puts him off, slights him.' Shak.—To slight over, to run over in haste; to perform superficially; to treat carelessly.

His death and your deliverance Were themes that ought not to be slighted over. Dryden.

Slight t (slit), v. t. [From flight in old sense of smooth, level; L.G. fligten, D. flechten, to level, to demolish.] 1. To dismantle, as a fortress; to overthrow.

The castle was slighted by order of tl-.e parliament.

Clarendon. 2. To throw; to cast.

The rogues slighted me into the river with as little remorse as they would have drown'd a bitch's blind puppies. Shak.

Slight t (slit), adv. Slightly.

Is Cirsar with Antonius prized so slightt Shak.

Slightt (slit), n, [See Sleight.] Artifice; dexterity; sleight.

Slightent (sllt'n), v.t To slight or disregard. B. Jonson.

Slighter (sllt'er), n. One who slights or neglects. Jer. Taylor.

Slightfuli (sllt'fyl), a. Full of cunning.

Wild beasts forsook their dens or woody hills,
And slight/ul otters left the purling rills.

W. Browne.

Slightingly (sHt'fng-10, adv. In a slighting manner; with disrespect. Boyle.

Slightly (slitli), adv. In a slight manner; as, (a) weakly; superficially; with inconsiderable force or effect; in a small degree; as, a man slightly wounded; an audience sligh tly affected with preaching. (6) Negligently; without regard; with moderate contempt

You were to blame To part so slightly with your wife's first gift Shak.

Slightness (sllfnea), n. 1. The state or quality of being slight; weakness; want of force or strength; superflcialness; as, the slightness of a wound or an impression.— 2. Negligence; want of attention; want of vehemence.

How does it reproach the slightness of our sleepy heartless addresses I Dr. H. More.

Slightyt (slit'i), a. 1. Superficial; slight—
tTTrining; inconsiderable.
SHke.t a. Such. Chaucer.
Slikenaides(slik'en-si<l2),»kpL SeeSucKEN-


Slily (slHi), adv. In a sly or cunning manner; with artful or dexterous secrecy. Written also Slyly.

Satan slily robs us of our grand treasure.

Dr. H. Afore. Slim (slim), a. [Same word as D. slim, L.G. tilimm, Dan. and Sw. stem, IceL slatmr, G. schlimm.M with the stronger sense of bad.]

1. Slender; of small diameter or thickness in proportion to the height

I was jogg'd on. the elbow by a slim young girl of seventeen. Addison.

2. Weak; slight; unsubstantial 'A slim excuse.' Barrow.—3. Slight; not sufficient: applied to workmanship. — 4. Worthless. [Provincial and Scotch.]

Slime (slim), n. [A. Sax. fltm, IceL flitn, D. slijm, G. schleim, slime, slimy matter, mucilage, &c.; allied to G. schlamm, mud, mire, perhaps to lime, loam, with prefixed *. ] 1. Any soft, ropy, glutinous, or viscous substance; as, (a) soft moist earth having au adhesive quality; viscous mud.

As it (Nilus) ebbs, the seedsman
Upon ihe slime and ooze scatters his grain. Shak.

(b) Asphalt or bitumen.

She took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch. Ex. ii. 3.

(c) A mucous, viscous substance exuded from the bodies of certain animals. 'Mixt with bestial slime.' Milton—2. Fig. anything of a clinging and offensive nature;


cringing or fawning words or actions. 'The slime that sticks on filthy deeds.' Shak.

Slime) (slim), v.t. pret <fc pp. slimed; ppr. sliming. To cover as with slime; to make slimy. 'Snake-like slimed his victim ere he gorged.' Ten nyson.

Slime-pit (slmvpit), n. An asphalt or bitumen pit

And the vale of Siddim was full of slime pits.

Gen. xiv, 10. In an hour the bitumen was exhausted for the time, the dense smoke gradually ilied away, and the pale light of the moon shone over the black slimepits. Layard.

Sliminess (slim'i-nes), n. The quality of being slimy; viscosity; slime. Flayer.

Slimmer (Blim'er), a. [From slim; comp. G.schlimner,sorry, paltry.] Delicate;easily hurt [ProvinciaLJ

Being a gentlewoman both by blood and education, she's a very slimmer affair to handle in a doing of this kind. Gall.

SUmmlsh (slim'ish), a. Somewhat allm.

'He's a slimmish chap.' Jerrold. Slimness (slim'nes), n. State or quality of

being slim. Slimsy (slim'ri), a. [From slim.] Flimsy;

frail: most frequently applied to cotton or

other cloth. [American. J Slimy (Blim'i), a. Abounding with slime;

consisting of slime; overspread with slime;

glutinous; as, a slimy soil.

The very deep did rot; O Christ!

That ever this should be I
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs

Upon the slimy sea. Coleridge.

Sliness (sll'nes), n. The state or quality of being sly. See Slyness.

Sling (sling), n. [A. Sax. slingt, Sc. thing, D. slinger, Sw. slunga, IceL flanga.O.Q. slinga.a sling. See the verb.] 1. An Instrument for throwing stones or bullets, consisting of a strap and two strings attached to it The stone or bullet is lodged in the strap, and the ends of the strings being held in the hand the Bling is whirled rapidly round in a circle, and the missile thrown by letting go one of the strings. The velocity with which the projectile is discharged is the same as that with which it is whirled round in a circle, having the string for its radius. The sling was a very general instrument of war among the ancients. With a sling and a stone David killed Goliath.—2. A sweep or swing; a sweeping stroke, as if made in slinking. 'At one tling of thy victorious arm. * Milton.

As when the air is serene in the sultry solstice of summer,

Suddenly gathers a storm, and the deadly sling of the hailstones

Beats down the farmer's corn in the field and shatters his windows. Lengfellow.

3. A kind of hanging bandage in which a wounded limb is sustained.—4. A device for holding heavy articles, as casks, bales, Ac, securely while being raised or lowered. A common form consists of coils of rope fitted securely round the object, but frequently a chain with hooks at its end, and a ring through which to pass the hook of the hoisting rope, as shown iu the figure, is employed. — 5. The strap by which a rifle Is supported on the shoulder. — Boat slings, strong ropes furnished with hooks and


Sline used in unloading Vessels.

iron thimbles, whereby to hook the tackles in order to hoist the boats in and out of the ship.—Slings of a yard, ropes fixed round the middle of the yard, serving to suspend it for the greater ease of working, or for security in an engagement. This term also applies to the middle or that part of the yard on which the slings are placed. Sling (sling), v.t. pret & pp. slung; ppr. slitiging. [A. Sax. slingan, to sling, to swing; Dan. flynge, to sling, to wind; Sw. slirtga, to twist; IceL slyngva, slbngva, to sling, to swing; G. tchlingen, to interlace, to knit. Probably from a root denoting to make a winding or serpentine motion; comp. IceL sktngi, G. tchlange, a serpent Slink may SLING



be from the same root] 1. To throw with a alfng.

Every one could sling stones at an hairbreadth, and not miss. Ju<V- *«■ l6

2. To throw; to hurl. 'Slings a broken rock aloft in air." Addison. —3. To hang so as to swing; as, to sling a pack.—4. To move or swing hy a rope which suspends the thing; to place in slings in order to hoist or lower, as boats, casks, ordnance, or any other weighty body.

Sling (sling), r. i. To move with long, swingins, elastic steps.

SUng (sling), n. [Comp. L.G. slingen, Q. sehhngen, to swallow.] An American drink composed of equal parts of spirit (as rum, gin, whisky, Ac.) and water Bweetened.

Sling-cart (sliugTEArt), u. A kind of cart which conveys cannon and their carriages, dec., for short distances, by having them slung hy a chain from the axle-tree.

SUng-dbg (slingMog), n. An iron hook for aiding with a fang at one end and an eye at the other for a rope, used in pairs, two being employed together with connecting tackle.

Slinger (sling'er). n. One who slings or uses asfirig. 2 Ki. iii. 25.

Slinging (sling'ing), p. and a. A term applied to a long, swinging, elastic pace in which much ground is covered with apparently little exertion; swinging. [Colloquial. ]

They started off at a long stinging trot across the fields. T. Hughes.

Sling-stone (sling'ston), n. A stone hurled from a sliug.

The arrow cannot make him Aee; sling-stones are

turned with him into stubble. Job xli. 36.

Slink (sllngk), v.i. pret A pp. slunk (pret sometimes slank). [A. Sax tltncan, to slink, to crawl, to creep; Sw. glinka, to go away secretly and stealthily; perhaps from root of sling. See Sung, v.t.) 1. To sneak; to creep away meanly; to steal away.

Nay, we will slink away in Supper-time, Disguise us at my lodging ana return. Shak. He would pinch the children in the dark, and then slink into a comer. Arbuthnot.

There were some few who stank obliquely from them as they passed. Lander.

2 To miscarry; to cast the young one: said of a female beast.

Slink (slingk), v.t. To cast prematurely: said of the female of a beast.

Slink (slingk), a. 1. Produced prematurely: as, a slink calf. —2. [Comp. D. slunken, gaunt, thin; G. schlank, slender.] Thin; slender; lean; starved and hungry. Sir W. Scott.

Slink (slingk), n 1. A sneaking fellow; a greedy starveling; a cheat — 2. A calf or other animal brought forth prematurely; the flesh of an animal prematurely brought forth; the veal of a calf killed Immediately after being calved. [Provincial English and Scotch. ]

Slip (slip), v.i. pret. A pp. slipped; ppr. slipping. [A. Sax. sltpan, to slip, to glide; D. slippen, Dan. slippe, IceL sleppa, to slip, to slide, to glide away.] 1. To move along the Burface of a thing without bounding, rolling, or stepping; to slide; to glide.

They trim their feathers, which makes them oily and slippery, that the water may slip off them.


2. To slide; to fall down; not to tread firmly.

If he should slip, he sees his grave gaping under him. South.

3. To move or start, as from a socket or the like. 'The bone slips out again.' Wiseman.

4. To depart or withdraw secretly; to aneak or slink off: with away.

Thus one tradesman slips away,

To give his partner fairer play Prior

5. To fall into error or fault; to err.

There is one that slippeth in his speech, but not from his heart. Ecclus. xix. 16.

If he had been as you And you as he, you would have slipped like him. Shak.

6. To pass unexpectedly or Imperceptibly; to glide.

Thrice the flitting shadow stifip'd away Dryden.

7- To enter by oversight: with in or info.

Some mistakes may have stipt into it; but others will be prevented. Pope.

8. To escape insensibly, especially from the memory; to be lost

Use the most proper methods to retain the ideas you have acquired, tor the mind is ready to let many of them slip. Watts.

—To let slip, to set free from the leash or noose, as a hound straining after a hare. 'Let slip the dogs of war.' Shak.

Slip (slip), r.f. 1. To convey secretly.

He tried to slip a powder into her drink.


2. To lose by negligence; to omit; to allow to escape. 'Let us not slip the occasion.' Milton 'And slip no advantage that may secure you.' B. Jonson. Z. To let loose; as, to slip the hounds.

I .ucentio slipp'd me like his greyhound. Shak.

4. To throw off; to disengage one's self from.

My horse slipped his bridle and ran away. Swift.

5. To pass over or omit negligently; as, to slip over the main points of a subject.—

6. To suffer abortion of; to miscarry, as a beast.—7. To make a slip or slips of for planting; to cut slips from.

The branches also may be slipped and planted.

To slip off, to take off noiselessly or hastily; as, to slip off one's shoes or garments.—To slip on, to put on in haste or loosely; as, to slip on a gown or coat—To slip a cable, to veer out and let go the end.— To slip collar (fig), to escape from restraint; to withdraw from one's engagements; to shirk doing one's duty; to back out. [Colloq.]

To slip the leash, to disengage one's self from a leash or noose, as a dog on sighting its prey; hence to free one's self from all restraining influences.

If they did terrify the natives by displaying their formidable fangs, the time had not yet come when they were to slip the leash and spring upon their

Slip (slip), n, 1. The act of slipping. 'Slips
in sensual mire.' Tennyson.—2. An unin-
tentional error or fault; a mistake inad-
vertently made; a blunder; as, a slip of
the pen or of the tongue. 'A very easy slip
I have made in putting one seemingly in-
different word for another' Locke.—Z. A
departure from rectitude; a venial trans-
gression; an indiscretion; a backsliding
'Such wanton, wild and usual slips as are
most known to youth and liberty. Shak.—
4. [Perhaps lit. a twig that c»nbe slipped in. ]
A twig separated from the main stock, espe-
cially for planting or grafting; a sciou; a
cutting; as, the slip of a vine. 'A native
slip to us from foreign seeds.' Shak. 'Was
graftwithcrabtreesftp*.' Shak. Sometimes
like scion applied to persons; as, a Klip of
nobility. 'Slight she-slips of loyal blood.'
Tennyson.— 5. A leash or string by which a
dog is held; so called from its being so made
as to slip or become loose by relaxation of
the hand.

I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips
Straining upon the start. Shah.

6. An escape; a secret or unexpected desertion: commonly with give.

The more shame for her goodyshfp,

to give so near a friend the slip. Hudibras.

7. A long narrow piece; a strip; a streak; as, a slip of paper. 'Moonlit slips of silver clouds. Tennyson. Hence—8. In printing, a portion of a work or newspaper not yet formed into pages or columns.—9. Anything easily slipped off or on; as, (a) a loose kind of garment worn by a female. (6) A child's pinafore (c) A loose covering or case; as, a pillow-siip. —10. In pottery, ground flint or clay mixed in water till of the consistence of cream for making porcelain.—11. t A counterfeit piece of money, being brass covered with silver.

There are many slips and counterfeits;
Deceit is fruitful. B. jfonson.

12. Matter found in troughs of grindstones after the grinding of edge-tools. [Local.]

13. A particular quantity of yarn. [Local.]

14. In the United States, an opening between warves or in a dock. —15. An inclined plane upon which a vessel is supported while building or upon which she is hauled up for repair; also, a contrivance for hauling vessels out of the water for repairs, Ac. One form of slip consists of a carriage or cradle with truck-wheels which run upon rails on an inclined plane. The ship is placed on the carriage while in the water, and the carriage together with the ship is drawn up the inclined plane by means of wheels and pinions wrought by men or steam power. —1(J. In the United States, a long seat or narrow pew, often without any door, in churches.—17. In geol. a familiar term for a fault or dislocation, a mass of strata being separated vertically or aslant as if one portion had slipped from the other. Page.—18. In insurance, a note of the contract made out before the policy is effected for the purpose of asking

the consent of underwriters to the proposed policy. It is merely a jotting or short memorandum of the terms to which the underwriters subscribe their initials, with the sums for which they are willing to engage. It has no force as a contract of insurance.

19. In cricket, one of the fielders who stands behind the wicket on the off side, and whose duty it is to back up the wicket-keeper and take the Utters place at the wicket when he runs after the hall —Long slip, a fielder who stands at some distance behind slip to catch any balls which the tatter misses. —

20. The difference between the speed of a propeller and that of the steam-ship, being due to the retreat of the resisting medium under the impact of the propeller. The speed of the vessel being deducted from the speed of the propeller gives the slip.

Slip-board (slip'bord), n. A board sliding in grooves.

I ventured to draw back the slip-ioard on the roof, contrived on purpose to let in air. Swift,

Slip-clutch Coupling (slipTiluch ku'pl-ing), n. In mach. a form of coupling belonging to the class of friction couplings. It is represented in Its best form by the annexed figure. On the shaft B is fixed a pulley, which is embraced by a friction-band a


Slip-clutch Coupling.

as tightly as may be required. This band is provided with projecting ears, with which the prongs b b of a fixed cross d on the driving-shaft A can be shifted Into contact This cross is free to slide endlong on its shaft, but is connected to it by a sunk feather, so that being thrown forward into gear with the ears of the friction-band, the shaft being iu motion, the band slips round on its pulley until the friction becomes equal to the resistance, and the pulley gradually attains the same motion as the clutch. The arms and sockets c c, which are keyed fast on the shaft A, are intended to steady and support the prongs, and to remove the strain from the shifting part.

Slip-coat-cheese (slipTiSt-chez), n. A rich variety of cheese made from milk warm from the cow, and resembling butter, but white. Simmonds.

Slip-dock (slip'dok), n. A dock whose floor slopes towards the water, so that its lower end is in deep water, and its upper end above high-water mark. It is laid with rails to support the cradle. See SLIP, 1">

Slip-nook (slip'hbk), n.. Xaut. a hook which grasps a chain-cable by one of its links, and may be disengaged or slipped by the motion of a trigger, slidfng-ring, or the like.

Slip-kiln (sltp'kil), n. In pottery, an oblong trough of stone or brick, bottomed with fire-tiles, and heated by a furnace beneath, used for drying slip to a workable consistence. See Slip, 10.

Slip-knot (slip'not), n. A bow-knot; a knot which will not bear a strain, but slips along the rope or line around which It is made.

Slip-link (sliplingk), n. In macA. a connecting link so arranged as to allow the parts some play in order to avoid concusaiou.

Slip-on (slip-on'), u. In the West Highlands of Scotland, a greatcoat thrown over the shoulders loosely like a cloak.

Slipped (slipt), a. In her. an epithet for a flower or branch depicted as if torn from the stalk.

Slipper (slip'er), n. 1. One who or that which slips or lets slip; specifically, in coursing, the functionary who holds the couple of hounds in the leash, and lets both slip at the same instant on a given signal when the hare is started. —2. [A.Sax. slipper, stypescA, a slipper] A loose light shoe into which the foot may be easily slipped, generally for household wear; a slip-shoe.—S. A kind of apron for children, to be Blipped over their other clothes to keep them clean. Called also a Slip or Pinafore.—4. A kind of

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iron slide or brake shoe acting as a drag on the wheel of a heavy wagon on descending an incline.—5, A plant of the genus Pediltnthua, so called from the involucres assuming the appearance of a slipper. Known also as Slipper-plant.

Slippert (slip'er), a. Slippery. Spenser.

Slipper-bath (slip'er-bath), n. A bathinghox, made usually of tinned Iron or zinc plates, shaped like a high shoe, to enable the bather to take a half-horizontal, halfvertical position.

Slippered (slip'erd), a. Wearing slippers. 'Hie lean and slipper'd pantaloon.' Shak.

Bllppertly (alip'er-i-li), adv. In a slippery manner.

SlipperinesB (sllp'er-i-nes), n. The state or quality of being slippery; as, (a) a state of surface making it easy to slip; lubricity; smoothness; as, the slipperiness of ice or snow: the slipperiness of a muddy road. "The moisture and slipperiness of the way.' MaujtdreU. (6) Glibneas; readiness to slip.

We do not only fall by the slipperiness of our

tongue*, but wc deliberately discipline tlicm to mischief. Dr. H. Mart.

(c) Uncertainty; mutability; changeableness. (d) Lubricity of character; tendency to get out of engagements, Ac Slipperwort (slip'er-wert), ft. A plant of the genus Calceolaria, so called from the form of the lower lip of the corolla. See CALCEO


Slippery (slip'ftr-iX o. [From the older thpi*r. A. Sax. slipor, slippery. See Slip.] 1 Allowing or causing anything to slip, slide, or move smoothly and rapidly on the surface; smooth; glib; as, oily substances render things slippery.

The maiden dreamt That tome one put this diamond in her hand; And thai it was too slippery to be held, Tennyson.

t Xot affording firm footing or support. 'Hanging them in the slippery clouds.' Shak. ■ The slipp'ry tops of human state.' Cowley.

3, Using cunning or artful devices to escape; liable or apt to slip away; hence, not to be trusted to; ready to use evasions or the like; as, a slippery person to deal with.

The fti/p'ry god will try to loose his hold.

Pry Jen.

4. liable to slip; not standing Arm. 'Slippery Nando*. Shak. [Rare.]—5. Unstable; changeable; mutable; uncertain. 'The slippery state of kings.' Sir J. Denham.

Ob. world, thy slippery turns 1 Shak.

6 Not certain in its effect.

One sure trick is better than a hundred slippery ones. Ste R VEstrange.

7 Wanton; unchaste. 'My wife is slippery.' Shak

Sllppinesslslip'i-neB). n. Slipperiness. 'The slippiness of the way.' Sir W. Scott. [Provincial ]

Slippy (slip'i), a. [A. Sax. slipeg, slippery.] Slippery [Old and provincial]

Slip-rope) (slip'rop), n. Xaut. a rope used to tnce the bight of the cable into the head, and also employed in casting off a vessel till she is got in a tide-way, etc.

Slipshod (slip'shod), a. 1. Wearing slippers; wearing shoes or slippers down at heel. The shivering urchin . . . with slipshod heels.' Cowper. Hence —2. Appearing or moving like one in slippers; careless or slovenly in manners, actions, and the like; shuffling; as, a slipshod style of writing.

Thy wit shall not go stipshott. Shak.

Slipshoe (siip'shb), n. A slipper.

Slip-skint (suj/»kiu), a. Slippery; evasive. who*.

Slipslop (slip'slop), a. [A reduplication of

slop.] L Bad liquor. —2. Feeble composition.

Slip-slop (slip'slop), a. Feeble; poor; jejune.

Slip-String (slip'string), n. One that has shaken off restraint; a prodigal. Called also Slip-thrift. •Uakehells and slip-strings.' Cut

j[m«. [Rare]

Blipt i ■>] 111; i, pret. & pp. of slip. Tennyson.

Slip-thxiftt (slip'thrift), n. A spendthrift; a prodigal

Sn (shah), n [A lighter form of slash.] A crosa-cut 'Sluh and slash' Shak.

Hit (slit), c t. pret. «£ pp. slU or slitted; ppr. slitting. [A. Sax. slltaa. to tear, to rend; to break through; Icel slita, Dan. slide, Sw. stita, to tear, to separate by force; G. schleissen, to silt, to split; akin slate, slice (which •«). 1 1. To cut lengthwise; to cut into king pieces or strips; as, to ml it iron bars tow nail rods.—2. To cut or make a long

fissure in or upon; as, to slit the ear or tongue, or the nose.

1*11 Hit the villain's nose that would have sent me to the gaol. Shak.

3. To cut in general; to divide by cutting; to


Comes the blind Fury, with the abhorred shears,
And siits the thin-spun life. Mitten.

Silt (slit), n. [A. Sax. slite, Icel slit, a rent or slit. See the verb.] 1. A long cut, or a narrow opening. 'A slit or oblong hole, which was narrower than the pupil of my eye.' Newton.

Where the tender rinds of trees disclose

Their shooting gems, a swelling knot there grows;

Just in that puce a narrow slit wc make.

Dry den.

2. A cleft or crack in the breast of cattle.— Slit planting, a method of planting, which is performed by making slits in the soil with a spade, so as to cross each other, and inserting the plant at the point where the slits cross.

Slit-deal (slit'ddl). ft, In carp, a 11-inch plank cut into two boards. Simmonds.

Slither (sliTH'er), v.i. To slide; to move smoothly; to glide. [Provincial]

Slithery (sliTH'er-i), a. Slippery; Bliddery. [Provincial]

Slitter (slit'er), a. One who or that which slits.

Slitting-mill (slit'ing-mil), n. i. A mill where iron bars or plates are slit into nail rods, Ac.—2. A machine used by lapidaries for slitting or cutting gems, stones, &c, previous to grinding and polishing. It consists of a very thin sheet-iron disc, the edge of which is charged with diamond powder and lubricated with oil, mounted on a stand, and revolved by a treadle or otherwise.

SIitting-roiler (slit'ing-rol-ler), n. One of a pair of coacting rollers having ribs which enter intervening spaces on the companion rollers, and cutting in the manner of shears, used in slit ting-mills for metals, &c.

Slive(sliv), v.t. [Allied to slip; comp. G. schleyen, to slide.] To sneak; to skulk; to proceed in a sly way; to creep; to idle away time. [Local ]

Slive t (Bliv), v.t. [A. Sax. slffan, to cleave, to split; hence sliver.] To cleave; to split; to divide. Holland.

81iver (sliv'er or sli'ver), v.t. [See Slive.] To cut or divide into long thin pieces, or into very small pieces; to cut or rend lengthwise; to break or tear off; as, to sliver wood.

Slips of yew,
Sliver,tin the moon's eclipse. Shak.

Sliver (sliv'er or sli'ver), n. 1. A long piece cut or rent off, or a piece cut or rent lengthwise.— 2. A small branch.

There, on the pendant boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious stiver broke;
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Shak.

3. In spinning, a continuous strand of wool, cotton, or other fibre, in a loose untwisted condition, ready for stubbing or roving.

Sl0,t v.t To slay. Romaunt of the Rose.

Sloak, Sloakan (sldk, slok'an), n. See Slokan.

Sloam (slom), n. In mining, a layer of earth or clay between coal strata.

Sloat (slot), n. [A form of slat, a thin bar; L.G. slaate, a pole, a stem] A narrow piece of timber which holds together larger pieces; as, the cross stoats in the frame forming the bottom of a cart.

Slobber (slob'er), tu\ [A form of slabber.] To drivel; to dote; to be weak or foolish; to slabber. Swift.—To slobber over work is todo it in a slovenly or half-finished manner. [Familiar.]

Slobber (slob'er), v.t. To slaver; to spill upon; to slabber.

Slobber (slob'er), ft. Slaver; liquor spilled; slabber.

Slobberer (slob'er-er), ft, 1. One who slobbers.—2. A slovenly farmer; also, a jobbing tailor. Grose; HalUwell. [Provincial English]

Slobbery (slob'er-i), a. Moist; muddy; sloppy. 'Slobbery weather.' Swift

But I will sell my dukedom
To buy a slobbery and dirty farm
In that nook-shotten isle of Albion. Shak.

Slock, Slocken (slok, slok'u), v.t. [A form
of slake. Icel slokna, to be extinguished.
See Slake.] To quench; to allay; to slake.
[Old English and Scotch.]

Slocking-Stone (slok'ing-st6n), n. In mining, a stone of rich ore extracted, or professed to be extracted, from a certain mine, displayed to induce persons to take shares in it.


Sloe (Primus spiitosa).

Sloe (sl6), n. [A. Pax. sla, sltlhe, Sc. sloe, D. and L.G. slee, G. schtehe, from L.G. slee, D. sleeuie, G. schleh, sour,astringent] A British shrub of the genus Primus, the P. spinosa, called also Blackthorn. It is a low shrub or tree, with irregularly spreading round branches; leaves serrate; flowers very numerous, with pure white petals; fruit black with a bluish bloom, very austere. It grows in thickets,

hedges, and on dry banks, and is used as stocks on which to engraft the plum and some other species. See Pruntjs. Slogan (slo'gan), n. [Contr of Gael, sluaghghairm, an army cry.] The war-cry or gathering word or phrase of one of the old Highland clans; hence, the watchword used by Boldlers in the field.

Sound the fife and cry the slogan—

Let the pibroch shake the air. Jytoun.

Slogardie.t n. Sloth; sluggishness. Chaucer.

Slogger (slog'fir), n. A second-class racing boat at Cambridge, corresponding to the torpid of Oxford. (University slang.]

Slokan, Sloke (sloTcan, slok), n. A name given to Bpecies of edible sea-weed belonging to the genera Porphyra and Ulva. Called also Sloakan, Sloak. See Layer.

Sloken (slok'en), v.t. See Slock. Slocken.

SlOO (sib), n. A slough. [Old English and provincial American.]

SlOOin (slom), n. [A. Sax. slwna, slumber; O.G. slumen, to sleep. Slumber is from A.Sax. sluma.] Slumber. HalliweU. [Obsolete or local]

Sloomy (slbm'i), a. Sluggish; slow. Haitiwell. [Obsolete or local]

Sloop (slbp), n. [D. sloep, L.G. sluup, slupe, a sloop, from root of slip. Akin shallop (through the French).] A vessel with one mast, and often with nothing but fore-andaft sails, the main-sail being attached to a gaff above, to a boom below, and to the mast on its foremost edge. Some sloops have no



gaff top-sail, but a square top-sail and topgallant-sail. A sloop is usually said to differ from a cutter by having a fixed instead of a running bowsprit; but the names seem to be used somewhat indiscriminately. — A sloop-qf-war, in the British navy, is a vessel, of whatever rig, between a corvette and a gun-boat, and ordinarily constituting the command of a commander. Formerly sloopsof-war carried from ten to eighteen guns; but since the introduction of steam-ships into the navy the number of guns has ceased to be distinctive.

Slop (slop),o.f. [Probably imitative of sound made. Comp. Prov. G. schloppen, to lap, to swallow; E. slobber, slabber. See the noun.] 1. To spill or cause to overflow, ns a liquid.—2. To drink greedily and grossly. [Rare.] —3. To spill liquid upon, or to soil by letting a liquid fall upon.

Slop (slop), >i [Comp. Icel slabb, dirt from sleet and rain.] 1. Water carelessly thrown about, as on a table or floor; a puddle; a soiled spot. — 2. Mean liquor; mean liquid food: generally in plural

The sick husband here wanted for neither stops nor doctors. Sir ft. L*Estrange.




3 pi. The waste dirty water of a house.— 4. in pottery, same as Slip. See under Slip.

Slop (slop), n. [A. Sax. slop, a frock or overgarment; Icel. sloppr, a wide outer dress, a gown; D. slobbe, a pair of slops or loose bagging trousers. Perhaps from root of slip; comp. also L.G. slap, G. schlaff, loose.] 1. A smock-frock.—2. Any kind of outer garment made of linen; a night-gown; a kind of cloak or mantle. [Obsolete or provincial English.] 3. pi. (a) A loose lower garment; a sort of wide breeches. 'From the waist downward all slops.' Shak.—{b) Ready-made clothing. (c) In the navy, the clothes and bedding of a sailor. Within certain limits government, acting through the ship's paymaster, supplies the men with slops at cost price.

Slop (slop), v.i. To be spilled or overflow, as a liquid, by the motion of the vessel containing it: often with over.

Slop-basin, Slop-bowl (slopTia'sn, slop'bol), «. A vessel or bowl for emptying the dregs from tea-cups or coffee-cups into at table.

Slop-book (slop'buk), n. In the navy, a register of the slop clothing, soap, and tobacco issued to the men; also of the religious books supplied. Admiral Smyth.

Slope (slop), n. [Perhaps from A. Sax. slopen, pp. of slupan, to slip, to glide; comp. also Icel. slapa, to hang loosely.] 1. An oblique direction; obliquity; especially, a direction downward; as, this piece of timber has a slight slope in it.—2. A declivity or acclivity; any ground whose surface forms an angle with the plane of the horizon.

The buildings covered the summit and slope ol a hill. Macaulay.

Specifically, (a) in civil engin. an inclined bank of earth on the sides of a cutting or an embankment. (6) In mining, the dip or inclination of a stratum or vein of ore. (c) In fort the inclined surface of the interior, top, or exterior of a parapet or other portion of a work.

Slope (slop), a. Inclined or inclining from a horizontal direction; forming an angle with the plane of the horizon. [Rare.]

Murmuring waters fall
Down the slefie hills. Milton.

Slope (slop), v.t. pret. & pp. sloped; ppr. sloping. 1. To form with a slope; to form to declivity or obliquity; as, to slope the ground in a garden; to slope a piece of cloth in cutting a garment. —2. To bend down; to direct obliquely; to incline.

Though palaces and pyramids do slope
Their heads to their foundations. Shak,

Slope arms (milit), acommand in manual exercise to carry the rifle obliquely on the shoulder.—TV> slope the standard (mUtt), to dip or lower the standard, a form of salute.

The general in command made the whole army defile past their guidon, and salute it with sloped st,i ndrirds. Lawrence.

Slope (slop), v. i. 1. To take an oblique direction; to be declivous or inclined; to descend in a sloping or slanting direction.

Many a night from yonder ivied casement, ere I went

to rest. Did I look on great Orion, sloping How\y to the west Tennyson.

2. To run away; to decamp; to elope; to disappear suddenly. [Slang ]

Slope (slop), adv. Obliquely; not perpendicularly. 'Bore him slope downward to the sun.' Milton.

Slope (slop), v.t pret. .V pp. sloped; ppr. sloping. To give the slip to; to defraud by running away; as, to slope a shop. [Vulgar.]

SlopeneS8(sl6p'iies),». Declivity; obliquity. * A graceful pendence of slopeness.' Wotton. [Rave ]

Slopewise (slop'wlz), adv. Obliquely.

The Wear is a frith, reaching slopmisc through the Ose. Rich. Carrur.

Sloping (slop'ing), a. Oblique; declivous;

inclining or inclined from a horizontal or

other right line. 'A sloping way." Dryden. Slopingly (slop'ing-li), adv. In a sloping

manner', obliquely; with a slope. Slop-pail (slop'pal), n. A pail or bucket for

receiving slops, or for chamber use. Sloppinesa (slop'i-nes),n. The state of being

sloppy; wetness of the earth; muddiness. Sloppy (Blop'i), a. [From slop] Wet, so as

to sputter easily; muddy; plashy. Slop-room (slop'rbm), n. Saut the place

appointed to keep the slops in for the ship's

company. Slopseller (slop'sel-er), n. One who sells

ready-made clothes. Slopshop (slop'shop), n. A shop where

ready-made clothes (slops) are sold.

Slop-work (slop'werk), n. The manufacture of cheap ready-made clothing.

Slopy (sldp'i), a Sloping; inclined; as, slopy ground. [Rare.]

Slosh (slosh), v.i. To flounder among slosh or soft mud.

On we went, dripping and sloshing, and looking very like men that have been turned back by the Royal Humane Society a* being thoroughlydrenched. Kinglakt.

Slosh (slosh), n. Same as S"u*A. [Provincial]

SlOShy (slosh'i), a. Same as Slushy, Sludgy.

Slot (slot), n. [D. and L.G. slot, a lock; D. sluiten, to shut, to lock, to close; sluitgat, amortise; Dan. slutte, to lock; G. schliessen, to lock. In meaning 3 it may be rather connected with slit] 1. The fastening of a door; a bar; a bolt [Obsolete or provincial.]—2. A piece of timber which connects or holds together larger pieces; a slat or sloat—3. Da much, an elongated narrow depression or perforation; a rectangular recess or depression cut partially into the thickness of any piece of metal for the reception of another piece of similar form, as a key-seat in the eye of a wheel or pulley; an oblong hole or aperture formed throughout the entire thickness of a piece of metal, as for the reception of an adjusting bolt.— 4. A trap-door in the stage of a theatre. In this sense written also Slote.

Slot (slot), v.t pret. & pp. slotted; ppr. slotting. [See the above noun.) To shut with violence; to slam. Ray. [Provincial.]

Slot (slot), n. [A form akin to O.E. slogth, a path; Icel. sldth, a track or trail, as in snow; Sc. sleuth, a track, whence sleuth-hound.] The track of a deer, as followed by the scent or by the mark of the foot 'The huntsman by his slot or breaking earth perceives.' Marston.

He leaves the noisome stench of his rude slot behind him. Hilton.

Slot (slot), n. [Sw. slutt, a slope, a declivity.] A hollow.— Slot of a hill, a hollow In a hill or between two ridges.— Slot of the breast, the pit of the stomach. [Scotch.]

Slote (slut), n. A trap-door in the stage of a theatre. Written also Slot

Sloth (sloth or sloth), n. [Formerly slouthe,
slewthe, A. Sax. sltewth, from slt'tut, slow.
Sloth, therefore, is Bhort for slowth. See
Slow.] 1. Slowness; tardiness.

I abhor
This dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome. Shak.

2. Disinclination to action or labour; sluggishness: habitual indolence; laziuess; idleness. 'Hog in sloth, fox in stealth.' Shah-.

They change their course to pleasure, ease, and sloth. Milton.

Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labour wears. Franklin.

3. The popular name of certain edentate mammals, of which only two species are known, viz. Bradypus tridactylus or ai, an inhabitant of South America, about the size of a common cat, of a gray colour, though frequently spotted with brown and white,


Two-toed Sloth {Sradypns or Chotoepits didactylus).

especially when young; and Bradypus or CholoepuM didactylus or unau, a native of the West Indies, about half the size of the former. These animals are so called from the slowness of their motions on the ground, which is the necessary consequence of their disproportioned structure, and particularly from the fact that the feet exhibit a conformation resembling that of clubfoot in man —a disposition of parts highly useful in climbing movements. They live on trees, and never remove from the one they are on until they have stripped it of every leaf. The sloths are exceedingly helpless when on the ground, and seem at home only when upon trees, resting or moving suspended be

neath their branches,and they are sometimes observed to travel from tree to tree, and along branches, with considerable celerity. The female produces but a single young; one at a birth, which she carries about with her until it is able to transfer its weight from its parent to the branches. —Sloth animalcule. See Macrobiotipae. Australian sloth, a name given to the koala (which see). —Sloth bear. See Aswail.

Sloth (sloth), v.i. To be idle. Gower,

Slotht (sloth), a. Slothful; slow

God is . . . very sloth to revenge. Lmtiftter.

Slothful (slothful or sloth'ful), a. Inactive; sluggish; lazy; indolent; idle.

He also that is slothful in his work, is brother to him that is a great waster. Prov. jrviti. 9.

Slothfully (sloth'ful-li or sloth'ful-li), adr

In a slothful manner; lazily; sluggishly;

idly. Slothfulness (sloth'ful-nes or sloth'f ul-nes),

n. The state or quality of being slothful;

the indulgence of sloth; inactivity; the habit

of idleness; laziness.

Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep.

Prov. «ix_ 15.

Slot-houild (slofhound), n. A hound that tracks animals by the slot; a blood-hound; a sleuth-hound. * Misfortunes which track my footsteps like slot-hoitnds.' Sir W. Scott. See Sleuth-hound. [Scotch]

Slotteryt (slot'er-i), a. [Closely allied to slattern and to L.G. slodderig, loose, sloven; G. schlotterig, negligent; schlottern, to hang loosely. See SLATTERN, Slct.] 1. Squalid; dirty; sluttish; untrimmed—2. Foul; wet

Slotting (slot'ing), n. The operation of making slots.

Slotting-machine (slot'ing-ma-shen), n. A species of self-acting tool or implement employed in the formation of slots in arty piece of machinery. It is simply a planing machine, in which the tool is vertically reciprocated while the work is fed beneath it between cuts.

Slouch (slouch), n. [Provincial also slotck, a softened form, corresponding to Icel. sldkr, a slouch, or dull inactive person; Sw. sloka, to droop. Comp. slug, sluggard.] 1, A drooping or depression of the head or of some other part of the body; a stoop; an ungainly, clownish gait.

Our doctor has every quality which can make a man useful, but, alas! he hath a sort of slouch is his walk. S-mift.

2. An awkward, heavy, clownish fellow.

Begin thy carols, then, thou vaunting slotteA;
Be thine the oaken staff or mine the pouch. Gay.

3. A depression or hanging down, as of the brim of a hat.

Slouch (slouch), v.i. To have a downcast

clownish gait or manner. Slouch (slouch), v.t. To depress; to cause

to hang down; as, to slouch the hat. SlOUCh-hat (slouch'hat), n. A hat with a

hanging brim. Slouching (slouch'ing), p. and a. 1. Hanging

down.—2. Walking heavily and awkwardly.

1 The awkward, negligent, clumsy, and

slouching manner of a booby.* OiesterficUL Slough (slou), n. [A. Sax. slog, a slough, a

hollow place; cog. G. schlauch, an abyss]

A place of deep mud or mire; a hole full of

mire. 'Sfow^A* that swallow common sense.'


So soon as I came beyond Eton, they threw rae rf from behind one of them in a slough of mire. SAaJt

SlOUgh (sluf). n. [Sc. sloch, a skin of a serpent or other animal, a husk of a fruit: G. schlauch, the skin of an animal stripped off and made into a vessel for holding liquids. Wedgwood thinks that it means properly something slipped off, that from which something has slipped, being allied to O. If G. slihhan, G. schleiehen, to slip, slide, slink.]

1. The skin or cast skin of a serpent.—

2. In sura, the dead part which separates from the living in mortification, or the part that separates from a foul Bore.

SlOUgh (sluf), v.i. To separate from the sound flesh; to come off, as the matter formed over a sore: a term in surgery.—To slough off, to separate from the Uvmg parts, as the dead part in mortification.

SlOUghy (slou'i), a. Full of sloughs; miry. 'Low grounds sloughy underneath.' SwjfL

Sloughy (sluf'i), a. Of the nature of or resembling a slough, or the dead matter which separates from flesh; foul; mortified; suppurated.

Slovak (sld-vak'). n. One of a Slavic race inhabiting North Hungary. In the ninth century they formed an independent king

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