Definition of slat in English:

slat

noun

  • A thin, narrow piece of wood, plastic, or metal, especially one of a series which overlap or fit into each other, as in a fence or a Venetian blind:

    ‘sunlight filtered dustily through the slats of the door’
    • ‘I smiled down at him, and continued pacing on the narrow whitewashed slats of the wooden fence.’
    • ‘Imagine a wooden door, they are the boards or slats that make up the door minus the paneled areas.’
    • ‘Houses had thatched roofs - thick straw piled high with no wood slats or sheathing underneath.’
    • ‘You can plant the roses at the base of a fence and weave their canes between the slats.’
    • ‘One step forward and she realized she was balancing on a slat of wood.’
    • ‘The walls were paneled with word wood slats, and the floor was covered in dark yellow sand.’
    • ‘Between each thin slat of wood, there was a small gap.’
    • ‘Overlapping slat design allows soft, indirect light to filter in.’
    • ‘His brows furrowed and he went back to hammering a wood slat on the house.’
    • ‘With a wall of painted wood slats, the space can be converted instantly into a gallery of hanging pictures.’
    • ‘All of these windows are in infrared wavelengths, and they are narrow, like the gaps between the slats of a fence.’
    • ‘In the meantime, other detainees loosened a metal slat in the fence.’
    • ‘In fact, instead of conventional wings, Smith went for 120 slats like a venetian blind.’
    • ‘Children can move their own items on simple wood slats from station to station.’
    • ‘Its arms followed the curve of the seat, and the back had six to nine spindles or slats topped by a large crest rail.’
    • ‘It has two or three-inch fabric slats suspended between two pieces of sheer fabric.’
    • ‘It seems pointlessly dense with renegade and overlapping wood slats, all cracked and sullied.’
    • ‘There are usually bunk beds or thin mattresses on wood slats.’
    • ‘Blue lamps and a spotlight on the top are also protected by grilles and metal slats allow officers to look outside.’
    • ‘Lying on our showcase bed we search the ceiling for a glint of a camera lens among the pipes and metal slats.’
    plank, beam, panel, slat, batten, timber, length of timber, piece of wood, lath
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘roofing slate’): shortening of Old French esclat splinter, from esclater to split. The current sense dates from the mid 18th century.

Pronunciation

slat

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