American English

Definition of slate noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] a type of dark gray stone that splits easily into thin flat layers a slate quarry The sea was the color of slate.
  2. 2[countable] a small thin piece of slate, used for covering roofs A loose slate had fallen from the roof.
  3. 3[countable] a list of the candidates in an election a slate of candidates the Democratic slate
  4. 4[countable] a small sheet of slate in a wooden frame, used in the past in schools for children to write on
  5. Idioms
    a clean slate
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    a record of your work or behavior that does not show any mistakes or bad things that you have done No government operates with a completely clean slate.
    wipe the slate clean
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    to agree to forget about past mistakes or arguments and start again with a relationship
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: slate