SLEET, sl[=e]t, _n._ rain mingled with snow or hail.--_v.i._ to hail or snow with rain mingled.--_n._ SLEET'INESS.--_adj._ SLEET'Y. [Scand., Norw.
SLEEVE, sl[=e]v, _n._ the part of a garment which covers the arm: a tube into which a rod or other tube is inserted.--_v.t._ to furnish with sleeves.--_ns._ SLEEVE'-BAND (_Shak._), the wristband; SLEEVE'-BUTT'ON, a button or stud for the wristband or cuff.--_adjs._ SLEEVED, furnished with sleeves; SLEEVE'LESS, without sleeves.--_ns._ SLEEVE'-LINK, two buttons, &c., joined by a link for holding together the two edges of the cuff or wristband; SLEEVE'-NUT, a double-nut for attaching the joint-ends of rods or tubes; SLEEVE'-WAIST'COAT, SLEEVED'-WAIST'COAT, a waistcoat with long sleeves, worn by porters, boots, &c.--HANG ON THE SLEEVE, to be dependent on some one; HAVE IN ONE'S SLEEVE, to have in readiness for any emergency; LAUGH IN ONE'S SLEEVE, to laugh behind one's sleeve, to laugh privately or unperceived; LEG-OF-MUTTON SLEEVE, a woman's sleeve full in the middle, tight at arm-hole and wrist. [A.S. _slefe_, _slef_, a sleeve--_slupan_, to slip; cog. with Ger. _schlauf_.]
SLEIDED, sl[=a]d'ed, _adj._ (_Shak._) unwoven. [_Sley_.]
SLEIGH, sl[=a], _n._ same as SLED.--_ns._ SLEIGH'-BELL, a small bell attached to a sleigh or its harness; SLEIGH'ING, the act of riding in a sleigh or sled.
SLEIGHT, sl[=i]t, _n._ cunning: dexterity: an artful trick.--_n._ SLEIGHT'-OF-HAND, legerdemain. [Ice. _slaegth_, cunning, _slaegr_, sly.]
SLENDER, slen'd[.e]r, _adj._ thin or narrow: feeble: inconsiderable: simple: meagre, inadequate, poorly furnished.--_adv._ SLEN'DERLY.--_n._ SLEN'DERNESS. [Old Dut. _slinder_, thin, _slinderen_, to drag; cf. Ger.
_schlendern_, to saunter.]
SLEPT, slept, _pa.t._ and _pa.p._ of _sleep_.
SLEUTH-HOUND, sl[=oo]th'-hownd, _n._ a dog that tracks game by the scent, a blood-hound. [_Slot_.]
SLEW, sl[=oo], _pa.t._ of _slay_.
SLEY, sl[=a], _n._ the reed of a weaver's loom. [A.S. _sl['ae]_--_slean_, to strike.]
SLICE, sl[=i]s, _v.t._ to slit or divide into thin pieces.--_n._ a thin broad piece: a broad knife for serving fish.--_n._ SL[=I]'CER, one who, or that which, slices: a broad, flat knife. [O. Fr. _esclice_--Old High Ger.
_sl[=i]zan_, to split.]
SLICK, slik, _adj._ smooth: smooth-tongued: dexterous in movement or action.--_adv._ in a smooth manner, deftly. [_Sleek_]
SLICK, slik, _n._ ore finely powdered. [Ger. _schlich_.]
SLICKENSIDES, slik'en-s[=i]dz, _n._ the smooth, polished, or striated, and generally glazed surfaces of joints and faults in rocks, considered to have been produced by the friction of the two surfaces during the movement of the rock.--_adj._ SLICK'ENSIDED. [_Sleek_.]
SLID, slid, _pa.t._ and _pa.p._ of _slide_.
SLIDDEN, slid'n, _pa.p._ of _slide_.
SLIDDER, slid'[.e]r, _v.i._ to slip, slide.--_adj._ SLIDD'ERY, slippery.
[A.S. _sliderian_, to slip, _slidor_, slippery:--_slidan_, to slide.]
SLIDE, sl[=i]d, _v.i._ to slip or glide: to pass along smoothly: to fall: to slip away quietly, to disappear: (_slang_) to slope, slip away from the police, &c.--_v.t._ to thrust along: to slip:--_pa.t._ slid; _pa.p._ slid or slidd'en.--_n._ a smooth passage: the fall of a mass of earth or rock: a smooth declivity: anything, as a lid, that slides, a glass that slides in a frame in front of a magic-lantern, bearing the picture to be thrown on the screen, that part of a photographic plate-holder which serves to cover and uncover the negative: (_mus._) a melodic embellishment, two notes sliding into each other: (_slang_) a biscuit covered with ice-cream.--_adj._ SL[=I]'DABLE, capable of sliding or of being slid.--_ns._ SL[=I]'DER, one who, or that which, slides: the part of an instrument or machine that slides; SLIDE'-REST, an apparatus adapted to a turning-lathe for carrying the cutting-tool; SLIDE'-VALVE, a valve in a steam-engine, made to slide backward and forward to cover and uncover the openings through which steam enters the cylinder; SL[=I]'DING, act of one who slides: falling: backsliding.--_p.adj._ slippery: movable, changing.--_ns._ SL[=I]'DING-KEEL, an oblong frame let down vertically through the bottom of a vessel in order to deepen the draught and sustain against a side-wind; SL[=I]'DING-RULE (see RULE); SL[=I]'DING-SCALE, a scale of duties which slide or vary according to the value or market prices: a sliding-rule; SL[=I]'DING-SEAT, a kind of seat for racing-boats, moving with the swing of the rower's body; SL[=I]DOM'ETER, an instrument indicating the strain put on a railway-carriage by sudden stoppage. [A.S. _slidan_, to slide; Dut.
_slidderen_, to slip.]
SLIGHT, sl[=i]t, _adj._ weak: slender: of little value: trifling: small: negligent: not decided, superficial, cursory: slighting, disdainful.--_v.t._ to disregard, as of little value: to neglect: (_obs._) to demolish, smooth.--_n._ neglect: disregard, an act of discourtesy.--_advs._ SLIGHT'INGLY; SLIGHT'LY.--_n._ SLIGHT'NESS. [Old Low Ger. _slicht_, plain; Dut. _slecht_, bad, Ger. _schlecht_, straight.]
SLIGHT, sl[=i]t, _n._ (_Spens._), sleight, device, trick.
SLILY, sl[=i]'li, _adv._ See under SLY.
SLIM, slim, _adj._ (_comp._ SLIM'MER, _superl._ SLIM'MEST) very thin, weak, slender: slight, trivial, unsubstantial: delicate: crafty.--_adv._ SLIM'LY.--_adj._ SLIM'MISH, somewhat slim.--_n._ SLIM'NESS.--_adj._ SLIM'SY (_U.S._), frail, flimsy. [Old Low Ger. _slim_, crafty; Dan. _slem_, worthless, Ger. _schlimm_, bad.]
SLIME, sl[=i]m, _n._ glutinous mud: (_B._) probably bitumen.--_n._ SLIME'-PIT, a pit of slime or viscous mire.--_adv._ SL[=I]M'ILY.--_n._ SL[=I]M'INESS.--_adj._ SL[=I]M'Y, abounding with, or consisting of, slime: glutinous. [A.S. _slim_; Ger. _schleim_.]
SLINESS, sl[=i]'nes, _n._ Same as SLYNESS.
SLING, sling, _n._ a strap or pocket with a string attached to each end, for hurling a stone: a throw: a hanging bandage for a wounded limb: a rope with hooks, used in hoisting and lowering weights: a sweep or swing: a stroke as from a missile thrown from a sling.--_v.t._ to throw with a sling: to hang so as to swing: to move or swing by means of a rope: to cast.--_v.i._ to bound along with swinging steps: (_slang_) to blow the nose with the fingers:--_pa.t._ and _pa.p._ slung.--_ns._ SLING'ER; SLING'STONE, a stone to be thrown from a sling. [A.S. _slingan_, to turn in a circle; Ger. _schlingen_, to move or twine round.]
SLING, sling, _n._ toddy with grated nutmeg.
SLINK, slingk, _v.i._ to creep or crawl away, as if ashamed: to sneak:--_pa.t._ and _pa.p._ slunk. [A.S. _slincan_, to creep; Low Ger.
_sliken_, Ger. _schleichen_.]
SLINK, slingk, _v.t._ to cast prematurely, as a calf.--_v.i._ to miscarry.--_n._ a calf prematurely born: the flesh of such: a bastard child.--_adj._ prematurely born: unfit for food: lean, starved: mean.--_ns._ SLINK'-BUTCH'ER, one who kills and dresses for sale the carcasses of diseased animals; SLINK'SKIN, the skin of a slink, or leather made from it.--_adj._ SLINK'Y, lean.
SLIP, slip, _v.i._ to slide or glide along: to move out of place: to escape: to err: to slink: to enter by oversight.--_v.t._ to cause to slide: to convey secretly: to omit: to throw off: to let loose: to escape from: to part from the branch or stem:--_pr.p._ slip'ping; _pa.t._ and _pa.p._ slipped.--_n._ act of slipping: that on which anything may slip: an error, a fault, a slight transgression: an escape: a twig: a strip, a narrow piece of anything: a leash: a smooth inclined plane, sloping down to the water, on which a ship is built: anything easily slipped on: (_print._) a long galley-proof before being made up into pages.--_ns._ SLIP'-BOARD, a board sliding in grooves; SLIP'-DOCK, a dock having a floor that slopes so that the lower end is submerged; SLIP'-KNOT, a knot which slips along the rope or line round which it is made; SLIP'PER, a loose shoe easily slipped on.--_adj._ (_Spens._) slippery.--_adj._ SLIP'PERED, wearing slippers.--_adv._ SLIP'PERILY, in a slippery manner.--_ns._ SLIP'PERINESS, SLIP'PINESS.--_adjs._ SLIP'PERY, SLIP'PY, apt to slip away: smooth: not affording firm footing or confidence: unstable: uncertain; SLIP'SHOD, shod with slippers, or shoes down at the heel like slippers: careless.--_n._ SLIP'STITCH.--SLIP OFF, to take off noiselessly or hastily; SLIP ON, to put on loosely or in haste; SLIP ONE'S BREATH, or wind, to die; SLIP THE LEASH, to disengage one's self from a noose.--GIVE A PERSON THE SLIP, to escape stealthily from him. [A.S. _slipan_; Sw. _slippa_, Dut. _slippen_, to glide, Ger. _schliefen_.]
SLIPE, sl[=i]p, _n._ in mining, a skip or sledge without wheels.
SLIPSLOP, slip'slop, _adj._ slipshod, slovenly.--_n._ thin, watery food: a blunder.--_v.i._ to slip loosely about.--_adj._ SLIP'SLOPPY, slushy, sloppy.
SLISH, slish, _n._ (_Shak._) a cut. [A corr. of _slash_.]
SLIT, slit, _v.t._ to cut lengthwise: to split: to cut into strips:--_pr.p._ slit'ting; _pa.t._ and _pa.p._ slit.--_n._ a long cut: a narrow opening.--_n._ SLIT'TER, anything which slits, a slitting-shears for sheet-metal.--_adj._ SLIT'TERED, cut into strips with square ends.--_n._ SLIT'TING-MILL, an establishment in which metal plates are cut into strips for nail-making: a rotating disc used by gem-cutters for slitting: a gang-saw used for resawing lumber for blind-slats, fence-pickets, &c. [A.S.
_slitan_; Ger. _schleissen_.]
SLITHER, sli_th_'[.e]r, _v.i._ to slide.--_adj._ slippery.--_n._ a limestone rubble.--_adjs._ SLITH'ERING, slow, deceitful; SLITH'ERY, slippery. [A variant of _slidder_.]
SLIVER, sliv'[.e]r, or sl[=i]'v[.e]r, _v.t._ to split, to tear off lengthwise, to slice.--_n._ a piece cut or rent off, a slice: a continuous strand of loose untwisted wool or other fibre.--_v.i._ SLIVE, to slide, skulk. [A.S. _slifan_, to cleave.]
SLOAM, sl[=o]m, _n._ (_prov._) in coal-mining, the under-clay.
SLOAT, sl[=o]t, _n._ Same as SLOT (1) and (2).
SLOBBER, slob'[.e]r, same as SLABBER.--_n._ SLOB, mire, muddy land.--_adj._ SLOBB'ERY, moist, wet.
SLOCKEN, slok'n, _v.t._ to quench, extinguish.--Also SLOK'EN. [Ice.
_slokna_, to go out.]
SLOE, sl[=o], _n._ the blackthorn, producing white flowers before the leaves, the shoots making excellent walking-sticks: the austere fruit, a good preserve. [A.S. _sla_; Dut. _slee_, a sloe.]
SLOG, slog, _v.i._ to hit hard.--_n._ SLOG'GER, a hard hitter.
SLOGAN, sl[=o]'gan, _n._ a war-cry among the ancient Highlanders of Scotland. [Gael., contracted from _sluagh-gairm_, an army-cry.]
SLOMBRY, slom'bri, _adj._ (_Spens._) sleepy.--_v.i._ SLOOM (_prov._), to slumber.--_adj._ SLOOM'Y, lazy, inactive.