- 1Cut (something) with a violent sweeping movement, typically using a knife or sword: a tire was slashed on my car they cut and slashed their way to the river [no object]: the man slashed at him with a swordMore example sentences
- Risaku unsheathed his sword and slashed at the hand.
- ‘Your skills could use improvement,’ said Charles as he lifted his sword and slashed at my leg.
- Kale pulled out his sword and slashed at the operative, slicing Lance's arm across the shoulder before kicking him out of the way.
- 1.1 • informal Reduce (a price, quantity, etc.) greatly: the workforce has been slashed by 2,000More example sentences
- UK retailers slashed the prices of summer clothing
- That would slash prices to consumers - and also save insurers hundreds of millions of dollars because they would no longer foot the bill.
- Part of that drawdown will come from tech companies slashing prices.
- 1.2 • archaic Lash, whip, or thrash severely.More example sentences
- Kyana did not let him finish the sentence; she snapped the whip, slashing him across the chest.
- He picked up the whip he had slashed him with, happy to have sustained the damage to his ribs and leg.
- She whipped through them, slashing them with her sword.
- 1.3 • archaic Crack (a whip).More example sentences
- She said it with a finger poised on her bottom lip as she began thinking about slashing her whip.
- With a rush of strength she slashed the whip across the harnessed mule's haunches.
- Fuzen slashed the whip at Rowan, which wrapped around his wrist.
- 1.4 • archaic Criticize (someone or something) severely.More example sentences
- In this book, the irreverent British art critic slashes his way through the New York art scene from the 1960s to recent times.
- How could I not slash this movie?
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- 1A cut made with a wide, sweeping stroke: the man took a mighty slash at his head with a large swordMore example sentences
- Not only did he puncture his sword through his limb, but also because he moved so unbelievably fast, Blake endured twice as many slashes in one mighty stroke.
- Seeing this Hicoz charged them - dispatching both with a single slash of his mighty blade.
- This time he overreached on the right hand side, and a sweeping slash gave him a red welt across his torso and sent his sword flying.
- 1.1A wound or gash made by a cut with a wide, sweeping stroke: he staggered over with a crimson slash across his templeMore example sentences
- More symbols were scrawled into the stone of the arch, crimson slashes carved in the rock as though they were weeping wounds in the gateway.
- No gouges, slashes, holes, wounds, cuts, not so much as a scrape.
- Both were covered by numerous cuts, slashes and puncture wounds on their legs, arms and faces.
- 1.2A bright patch or flash of color or light: yellow and gold foliage, with the odd slash of redMore example sentences
- The only colour is a slash of peony red on their lips.
- As Kiv's hand jerked an inch to one side, Nolen dropped to the ground, avoiding a narrow slash of fiery white light that burned a hole in the wall behind him.
- Thunder rumbled again, accompanied by a slash of lightning which lit up the sky for an instant.
- 2An oblique stroke (/) in print or writing, used between alternatives (e.g., and/or), in fractions (e.g., 3/4), in ratios (e.g., miles/day), or between separate elements of a text.More example sentences
- The slashes in Caxton's text were an experiment in punctuation, and are roughly equivalent to commas.
- At each node, the optimal distribution is given with alternative equally optimal distributions separated with a forward slash.
- A hyphen suggests an amalgamation of the two disciplines; a slash keeps them separate, poetry staying on its side of the fence and criticism on its side.
- 2.1 [as modifier] Denoting or belonging to a genre of fiction, chiefly published in fanzines, in which any of various male pairings from the popular media is portrayed as having a homosexual relationship.[ 1980s: from the use of an oblique stroke to link adjoining names or initials (as in Kirk/Spock and K/S]More example sentences
- Second, slash fiction is so similar to mainstream genre romances that it could reasonably be classified as a species of that genus.
- Is one of the criteria of slash fiction that it is inferior and derivative of the original text?
- And I've also discovered some slash fiction I wrote five or six years ago which gives a great insight into a time in my life when I was not writing either a paper diary or a blog.
- 3North American Debris resulting from the felling or destruction of trees.More example sentences
- Adults like fresh stumps, slash, and logging debris.
- Trees and slash are left behind in the pursuit of today's profit opportunities, and nothing grows back except weeds.
- Some fires smoldered for weeks, burning down through logging slash and the deep soil until they scorched the rocks below.
late Middle English: perhaps imitative, or from Old French esclachier 'break in pieces'. The noun dates from the late 16th century.
- A tract of swampy ground, especially in a coastal region.More example sentences
- Slash Pine is named after the "slashes" swampy ground overgrown with trees and bushes that constitute its habitat.
- The Goose Hill ridges are separated by slashes of the extensive marsh, lying north and east of them, named Goose Hill marsh.
mid 17th century: of uncertain origin.