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slew 1

Pronunciation: /sluː/
(also slue)

verb

1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Turn or slide violently or uncontrollably: [no object]: the Renault slewed from side to side in the snow [with object]: he slewed the aircraft round before it settled on the runway
More example sentences
  • As the waiting travellers watched in frozen horror, it slewed crazily to one side as it carried on towards them, wrecking the parapets and heading broadside for the station.
  • As soon as it touched the ground, the other engine cut out and the plane slewed off the runway before coming to rest on the grass.
  • He slipped, slewed, shimmied, and then gracefully rolled to a stop at the bottom.
2 [no object] (Of an electronic device) undergo slewing.
Example sentences
  • The telescope slewed to the coordinates as soon as it received the alert and within seven minutes of the start of the burst, it began observations.
  • Today's announcement marks the first BAT detection autonomously followed by XRT detection, demonstrating the satellite is swiftly slewing as planned.
  • ZHS-Zero House Swing - Sometimes incorrectly called zero tail swing, this means that the house and counterweights stay within the machine's width during slewing.

noun

[in singular]
A violent or uncontrollable sliding movement: I was assaulted by the thump and slew of the van
More example sentences
  • It is preferred that the control means be adapted to adjust automatically the slew of the discharge boom relative to the hopper car.
  • One object of the invention is to dynamically reduce resistance in order to decrease the time constant during the signal transition for allowing a more rapid slew of the signal from one logic state to another.

Origin

Mid 18th century (originally in nautical use): of unknown origin.

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slew 2

Pronunciation: /sluː/
Past of slay1.

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slew 3

Pronunciation: /sluː/

noun

informal, chiefly North American
A large number or quantity of something: he asked me a slew of questions
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  • Normally there would have been a slew of scores around 37-35 but under the wet conditions, the ball just did not travel as most expected.
  • None of the batsmen could top 31, and a slew of single-digit scores saw them slump to 107 all out.
  • Every few minutes whistles sounded and the workers left the hill as a slew of garbage came raining down, erecting the pile higher again.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Irish sluagh.

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