Definition of slab in English:


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Pronunciation: /slab


  • 1A large, thick, flat piece of stone or concrete, typically square or rectangular in shape: 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 flat, heavy table top or counter, used during the preparation or display of food: a fishmonger’s slab
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    • There is a room divider topped with an enormous slab of black granite, to neatly bisect the dining area.
  • 1.2British A table used for laying a body on in a mortuary: he averted his eyes from the corpse on the slab
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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.
  • 1.3 Climbing A large, smooth body of rock lying at a sharp angle to the horizontal: he handled the rope competently and set out up the centre of the slab
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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.
  • 3An outer piece of timber sawn from a log: the slabs I trimmed away from the logs became the siding for the cabin walls
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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.
  • 4Australian /NZ informal A pack containing 24 bottles or cans of beer.
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    • Winner gets a free slab of beer and all the pies that they can eat.
    • There were hundreds, if not thousands, of megalitres being traded for one slab of beer.
    • Load up the ute with two spare tyres and a few slabs of beer, we're off on a virtual road trip through the history of life.

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: a well-centred log is more secure for improved slabbing performance
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    • 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.

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