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Definition of Slate


  1. An argillaceous rock which readily splits into thin plates; argillite; argillaceous schist.
  2. Any rock or stone having a slaty structure.
  3. A prepared piece of such stone.
  4. A thin, flat piece, for roofing or covering houses, etc.
  5. A tablet for writing upon.
  6. An artificial material, resembling slate, and used for the above purposes.
  7. A thin plate of any material; a flake.
  8. A list of candidates, prepared for nomination or for election; a list of candidates, or a programme of action, devised beforehand.
  9. To cover with slate, or with a substance resembling slate; as, to slate a roof; to slate a globe.
  10. To register (as on a slate and subject to revision), for an appointment.
  11. To set a dog upon; to bait; to slat. See 2d Slat, 3.

Slate Quotations

The strongest argument against totalitarianism may be a recognition of a universal human nature; that all humans have innate desires for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The doctrine of the blank slate... is a totalitarian's dream.
Steven Pinker

I start from scratch with each movie; I wipe the slate and I certainly don't rely on some bag of acting tricks I've amassed over the years.
Christian Bale

I am a blank slate - therefore I can create anything I want.
Tobey Maguire

The great appeal of the doctrine that the mind is a blank slate is the simple mathematical fact that zero equals zero.
Steven Pinker

I don't worry about the last shot or the next shot. I concentrate. Every shot gets a clean slate. And when a shot is over, I wipe it out absolutely. Tell a joke or something. If you worry about how you looked, how well you did, you'll go insane.
Michael Caine
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Slate Translations

slate in Dutch is lei
slate in French is schisteux, ardoise
slate in Italian is ardesia, abusare
slate in Spanish is abusar, pizarra
slate in Swedish is skiffer, griffeltavla
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