Definition of slab in English:

slab

Syllabification: slab
Pronunciation: /slab
 
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noun

  • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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) Back to top  
  • Remove slabs from (a log or tree) to prepare it for sawing into planks.
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    • The company has developed and supplies a unique slabbing system.

Derivatives

slabbed

adjective
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  • I looked up prices and it seems after shipping costs, it is a pretty expensive process to get it slabbed.
  • This coin has been slabbed, and will be shipped to you inside a sonically sealed hard plastic slab.

slabby

adjective
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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.

Origin

Middle English: of unknown origin.

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