Definition of slash noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//slæʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//slæʃ//
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  1. 1[countable] a sharp movement made with a knife, etc. in order to cut somebody/something
  2. 2[countable] a long narrow wound or cut a slash across his right cheek (figurative) Her mouth was a slash of red lipstick.
  3. 3 [countable] (British English also oblique) the symbol (/) used to show alternatives, as in lunch and/or dinner and 4/5 people and to write fractions, as in ¾ He brought his girlfriend-slash-partner. see also backslash, forward slash Wordfinderbackspace, click, control, cursor, escape, keyboard, return, shift, slash, space bar See related entries: Punctuation
  4. 4a slash [singular] (British English, slang) an act of urinating He's just nipped out to have a slash.
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: perhaps imitative, or from Old French esclachier ‘break in pieces’. The noun dates from the late 16th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: slash