Definition of slab in English:

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Pronunciation: /slab/


1A large, thick, flat piece of stone, concrete, or wood, typically rectangular: paving slabs she settled on a slab of rock
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  • Massive concrete floor slabs provide thermal storage, collecting heat and giving it off again later on.
  • Concrete paving slabs, available from the big DIY chains, can look almost as good as the real thing.
  • A concrete slab on grade or floor is going to crack.
1.1A large, thick slice or piece of cake, bread, chocolate, etc. a slab of bread and cheese
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  • Stuff it into a red bell pepper instead of sandwiching it between two slabs of Wonder bread.
  • We enjoyed it with a slab of delicious chocolate cake.
  • There is something utterly indulgent, delicious and satisfying about a slab of chocolate cake.
1.2 Climbing A large, smooth, steep body of rock.
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  • Start at the lowest rocks and climb the slabs above until stopped by a smooth bulge.
  • A small lip guarded the final corner, which lead to a very smooth slab.
  • Jake climbed up onto the slab of rock again and sat there with his legs crossed, staring down at me.
1.3An outer piece of timber sawn from a log.
Example sentences
  • There was raw chicken on a driftwood slab for this farewell meal too.
  • This is where we met them, crawling out of timber slab houses.
  • Now we were before the great hall itself, and I looked up at timber walls made of slabs of oak four times my height.
1.4A table used for laying a body on in a morgue.
Example sentences
  • Some churches are as warm and inviting as a mortuary slab.
  • She begins to experiment, creating casts of mortuary slabs as well as mundane household objects.
  • Whiteread cast them from two mortuary slabs which she had bought from a salvage yard in Hackney.

verb (slabs, slabbing, slabbed)

[with object] (often as noun slabbing)
Remove slabs from (a log or tree) to prepare it for sawing into planks.
Example sentences
  • The company has developed and supplies a unique slabbing system.



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  • As they begin to climb the succession of slabby cliffs and steep grassy slopes, Dickey turns to his companions and says, ‘We gotta whack this guy, tonight.’
  • It gets better and better, the water cutting deeper into the curved and hollowed rock, with slabby undercuts and terraced waterfalls.
  • The side view would be slabby except that it is broken well by a crease along the doorhandle lines and a well-placed rubbing strip.


Middle English: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with slab

blab, cab, confab, crab, Crabbe, dab, drab, fab, flab, gab, grab, jab, kebab, lab, nab, scab, smash-and-grab, stab, tab

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Syllabification: slab

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