Slate (?), n. [OE. slat, OF. esclat a shiver, splinter, F. 'eclat, fr. OF. esclater to shiver, to chip, F. 'eclater, fr. OHG. sliezen to tear, slit, split, fr. slizan to slit, G. schleissen. See Slit, v. t., and cf. Eclat.]

1. Min.

An argillaceous rock which readily splits into thin plates; argillite; argillaceous schist.


Any rock or stone having a slaty structure.


A prepared piece of such stone.

Especially: (a)

A thin, flat piece, for roofing or covering houses, etc.


A tablet for writing upon.


An artificial material, resembling slate, and used for the above purposes.


A thin plate of any material; a flake.


6. Politics

A list of candidates, prepared for nomination or for election; a list of candidates, or a programme of action, devised beforehand.

[Cant, U.S.]


Adhesive slate Min., a kind of slate of a greenish gray color, which absorbs water rapidly, and adheres to the tongue; whence the name. -- Aluminous slate, ∨ Alum slate Min., a kind of slate containing sulphate of alumina, -- used in the manufacture of alum. -- Bituminous slate Min., a soft species of sectile clay slate, impregnated with bitumen. -- Hornblende slate Min., a slaty rock, consisting essentially of hornblende and feldspar, useful for flagging on account of its toughness. -- Slate axaxe, a mattock with an ax end, used in shaping slates for roofs, and making holes in them for the nails. -- Slate clay Geol., an indurated clay, forming one of the alternating beds of the coal measures, consisting of an infusible compound of alumina and silica, and often used for making fire bricks. Tomlinson. -- Slate globe, a globe the surface of which is made of an artificial slatelike material. -- Slate pencil, a pencil of slate, or of soapstone, used for writing on a slate. -- Slate rocks Min., rocks which split into thin laminae, not necessarily parallel to the stratification; foliated rocks. -- Slate spar Min., a variety of calcite of silvery white luster and of a slaty structure. -- Transparent slate, a plate of translucent material, as ground glass, upon which a copy of a picture, placed beneath it, can be made by tracing.


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Slate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Slated; p. pr. & vb. n. Slating.]


To cover with slate, or with a substance resembling slate; as, to slate a roof; to slate a globe.


To register (as on a slate and subject to revision), for an appointment.

[Polit. Cant]


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Slate, v. t. [Cf. AS. sl&aemac;ting a privilege of hunting.]

To set a dog upon; to bait; to slat. See 2d Slat, 3.

[Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [Written also slete.]


<-- 2. To schedule. 3. To reserve or designate for a specific purpose. -->


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