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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

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

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 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

How can I impress strangers with the gem-like flame of my literary passion if it's a digital slate I'm carrying around, trying not to get it all thumbprinty?
James Wolcott

When I started in the press there were really ink-stained wretches. Not everybody went to college. Now, everybody at the New York Times and the Washington Post and Salon and Slate, most of them have Ivy League educations.
Joe Klein
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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