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



    BrE BrE//sleɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sleɪt//
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  1. 1[uncountable] a type of dark grey stone that splits easily into thin flat layers a slate quarry The sea was the colour 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] (North American English) 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. 5[countable] a small computer that is easy to carry, that has a screen that you can write on with an electronic pen but no physical keyboard; a Tablet PC™
  6. Word OriginMiddle English sclate, sklate, shortening of Old French esclate, feminine synonymous with esclat ‘piece broken off’, from esclater ‘to split’. Sense (2) of the verb arose from the practice of noting a name on a writing slate.Idioms a record of your work or behaviour that does not show any mistakes or bad things that you have done No government operates with a completely clean sheet. They kept a clean sheet in the match (= no goals were scored against them). to agree to forget about past mistakes or arguments and start again with a relationship
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: slate