Definition of slice verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    slice

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//slaɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//slaɪs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slice
    BrE BrE//slaɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//slaɪs//
     
    he / she / it slices
    BrE BrE//ˈslaɪsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈslaɪsɪz//
     
    past simple sliced
    BrE BrE//slaɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//slaɪst//
     
    past participle sliced
    BrE BrE//slaɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//slaɪst//
     
    -ing form slicing
    BrE BrE//ˈslaɪsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈslaɪsɪŋ//
     
    Preparing food
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] slice something (up) to cut something into slices to slice (up) onions Slice the cucumber thinly. a sliced loaf CollocationsCookingPreparing prepare a dish/​a meal/​a menu/​dinner/​the fish weigh out 100g/4oz of sugar/​the ingredients wash/​rinse the lettuce/​spinach/​watercress chop/​slice/​dice the carrots/​onions/​potatoes peel the carrots/​onion/​potatoes/​garlic/​orange grate a carrot/​the cheese/​some nutmeg remove/​discard the bones/​seeds/​skin blend/​combine/​mix (together) the flour and water/​all the ingredients beat/​whisk the cream/​eggs/​egg whites knead/​shape/​roll (out) the doughCooking heat the oil in a frying pan preheat/​heat the oven/(British English) the grill/(North American English) the broiler bring to (British English) the boil/(North American English) a boil stir constantly/​gently with a wooden spoon reduce the heat simmer gently for 20 minutes/​until reduced by half melt the butter/​chocolate/​cheese/​sugar brown the meat for 8–20 minutes drain the pasta/​the water from the pot/​in a colander mash the potatoes/​banana/​avocadoWays of cooking cook food/​fish/​meat/​rice/​pasta/​a Persian dish bake (a loaf of) bread/​a cake/(especially North American English) cookies/(British English) biscuits/​a pie/​potatoes/​fish/​scones/​muffins boil cabbage/​potatoes/​an egg/​water fry/​deep-fry/​stir-fry the chicken/​vegetables grill meat/​steak/​chicken/​sausages/​a hot dog roast potatoes/​peppers/​meat/​chicken/​lamb sauté garlic/​mushrooms/​onions/​potatoes/​vegetables steam rice/​vegetables/​spinach/​asparagus/​dumplings toast bread/​nuts microwave food/​popcorn/(British English) a ready mealServing serve in a glass/​on a bed of rice/​with potatoes arrange the slices on a plate/​in a layer carve the meat/​lamb/​chicken/​turkey dress/​toss a salad dress with/​drizzle with olive oil/​vinaigrette top with a slice of lemon/​a scoop of ice cream/​whipped cream/​syrup garnish with a sprig of parsley/​fresh basil leaves/​lemon wedges/​a slice of lime/​a twist of orange sprinkle with salt/​sugar/​herbs/​parsley/​freshly ground black pepper see also salami slicing See related entries: Preparing food
  2. 2  [intransitive] to cut something easily with or as if with a sharp blade + adv./prep. He accidentally sliced through his finger. A piece of glass sliced into his shoulder. (figurative) Her speech sliced through all the confusion surrounding the situation. slice something (+ adj.) The knife sliced his jacket. He sliced the fruit open. (figurative) The ship sliced the water.
  3. 3[transitive] slice something (sport) to hit a ball so that it spins and does not move in the expected direction He managed to slice a shot over the net.
  4. 4[transitive] slice something (in golf) to hit the ball so that it flies away in a curve, when you do not mean to
  5. 5[transitive] slice something (North American English, informal) to reduce something by a large amount The new tax has sliced annual bonuses by 30 percent.
  6. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘fragment, splinter’): shortening of Old French esclice ‘splinter’, from the verb esclicier, of Germanic origin; related to German schleissen ‘to slice’, also to slit.Extra examples He sliced pieces off the large steak. Slice the bread thinly. Slice the onion in two. Slice up the mushrooms and fry them. The axe sliced into her shoulder. The knife sliced cleanly through the flesh. The knife sliced through his ear. slicing pieces off the joint of meat A piece of glass sliced into her shoulder. Thickly slice the potatoes. a loaf of sliced breadIdioms (North American English, informal) however you choose to look at a situation
    slice and dice (something)
     
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    (computing) to divide information into small parts in order to study it more closely or to see it in different ways The software lets you slice and dice the data and display it in different formats. Once you enter the budget, you can slice and dice it in the same way as sales information. More Like This Rhyming pairs in idioms doom and gloom, fair and square, high and dry, huff and puff, name and shame, slice and dice, thrills and spills, wear and tear, wheel and deal, wine and dineSee worksheet.
    Phrasal Verbsslice off something
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