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



    BrE BrE//slɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//slɪk//
    Waste and pollution
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  1. 1(also oil slick) an area of oil that is floating on the surface of the sea a 50 km slick from the damaged tanker See related entries: Waste and pollution
  2. 2a small area of something wet and shiny a slick of sweat
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the senses ‘glossy’ and ‘make smooth or glossy’): probably from Old English and related to Old Norse slíkr ‘smooth’; compare with sleek.Extra examples The oil was moving along in a huge slick. The spilt diesel oil formed a slick about two miles long. They used suction equipment to clean up the oil slick.
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