Definition of slice in English:



  • 1A thin, broad piece of food, such as bread, meat, or cake, cut from a larger portion.

    ‘four slices of bread’
    ‘potato slices’
    • ‘She ate her breakfast which consisted of two thin slices of bread and a small cup of water.’
    • ‘Serve in a soup bowl, pouring the soup over slices of bread and topping with shredded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and more ground pepper.’
    • ‘The pudding is made by lining a buttered basin with fairly thin slices of good bread cut to fit exactly.’
    • ‘I add white wine, some onions and fennel, and then serve it whole on a long dish with mayonnaise, slices of lemon and basmati rice.’
    • ‘We shared a slice of baked almond tart, served warm with cream and a jam-like fruity sauce.’
    • ‘The juicier the fruit the better, so best not use the thin slices of dried fruit such as mango or apple.’
    • ‘This hearty wedge of egg stuffed with thin slices of potato, red pepper, tomato and herbs on its own would be worth returning for.’
    • ‘On a sheet pan, place 12 slices of crusty bread and a small round of Brie.’
    • ‘Thin slices of courgette and aubergine sat on top of tomato-infused couscous, which itself was encircled with a drizzle of pesto.’
    • ‘Put the garlic-scented slices of toasted bread on to a plate then drizzle olive oil over them.’
    • ‘Slap two slices of meat between two slices of bread - there's no easier way to build a sandwich.’
    • ‘The dressing and accompaniments were exquisite and the slices of meat paper thin.’
    • ‘Anyhow, this morning I wanted to have two slices of whole wheat bread with some strawberry jam for breakfast.’
    • ‘My fish was excellent, chips just right, as were the two thin slices of bread.’
    • ‘The traditional way of eating Gentleman's Relish is on thin slices of buttered white bread toast, alone, with cucumber or with mustard and cress.’
    • ‘Set two slices of bread on top and drizzle with the remaining olive oil.’
    • ‘The only way it can be suitably prepared is by stir-frying thin slices of the meat with the skin attached at high temperature.’
    • ‘On the rim of the sizeable bowl sat four thin slices of crisp French bread which we took at first to be garlic bread.’
    • ‘Try to keep the slices of potatoes, onions and sausage roughly the same thickness.’
    • ‘While the mushrooms are cooking, toast the slices of bread.’
    piece, portion, wedge, chunk, hunk, lump, slab, segment
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    1. 1.1 A portion or share of something.
      ‘local authorities control a huge slice of public spending’
      • ‘A slice of ‘real’ life, walking down the street without being recognised is something that probably keeps Nagesh grounded.’
      • ‘Now it is women who are pushing for a bigger share of family assets, and even looking for a slice of their husbands' future earnings after they have separated or signed off on a divorce agreement.’
      • ‘Everybody from general assistants to stock controllers and delivery drivers enjoyed a slice of the profits.’
      • ‘Knowing all this, who's going to pay $5.25 a share for a slice of a declining business?’
      • ‘The ranch family that sold us a slice of its empire, huddled in the shadows of Black Mountain, had used this wetland for three generations as its own private dump.’
      • ‘The electricity shop salesperson is highly unlikely to be an insurance expert, but will be very clued up on the commission to be made by offering you a slice of ‘peace of mind’.’
      • ‘A slice of humanity was extinguished in the process.’
      • ‘I think that Menzies was genuine and committed in his anti-Communism, and the element of spies and espionage was only a slice of that.’
      • ‘Baseball is a slice of American life, and baseball people have historically taken risks and made sacrifices to defend America.’
      • ‘When we buy shares in a company we are acquiring a slice of a business, albeit a small one.’
      • ‘He controls just a slice of the intelligence budget.’
      • ‘All we are saying down there, as I understand it, is that you can't take a slice of it, recount it until it comes out your way, and then ignore the rest of the contest.’
      • ‘It showed in the contact situation, where Bedford just had the sharper hunger at the breakdown, and they were able to protect a hard-won lead with a slice of good fortune favouring them on the day.’
      • ‘The answer, he said, was to mass-produce a cheaper version and capture a slice of the huge mid-priced guitar market.’
      • ‘Inland, vintage jeeps and other military vehicles wind their way through the meandering narrow lanes between the lush fields and gentle sand dunes as men and women try to recreate a slice of history.’
      • ‘It was felt by some that the rescue would have been acceptable if those who paid for it - including the state - received a slice of the bank's shares in return.’
      • ‘That's when companies were trying absolutely radical stuff to gain a slice of market share.’
      • ‘Let me share with you a slice of our conversation that we had over tea.’
      • ‘Broadcasters received fixed-term, renewable licenses that gave them exclusive use of a slice of the spectrum for free.’
      • ‘Depending on how lucky you felt, the taxman could either add his share to your initial stake or take a slice of your winnings.’
      share, part, portion, tranche, piece, bit, parcel, proportion, allotment, allocation, percentage
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  • 2A utensil with a broad, flat blade for lifting foods such as cake and fish.

    • ‘I wiped me fingers gently down the rabbit's flank, then, shutting my eyes, I slid my hand beneath its limp head like a kitchen slice scooping up a burst pasty.’
    • ‘This fabulous musical cake slice is perfect for use over the festive period.’
    • ‘The only trouble is, it seems to replace the white cake slice.’
  • 3A stroke which makes the ball curve away to the right (for a left-handed player, the left).

    • ‘It can help players who hit weak fades or slices, enabling them to hit solid draws.’
    • ‘Nobody has trouble putting sidespin on the ball - that's what produces hooks and slices.’
    • ‘If you don't add the wrist roll or release into your swing the face of the club at impact will stay open and cause a slice.’
    • ‘The wind heightens any spin on the ball, and accentuates a slice or a hook.’
    • ‘Nevertheless he began cautiously, with a four-iron off the 1st tee, his mild slice finding the light rough on the right of the fairway.’
    1. 3.1 (in other sports) a shot or stroke made with glancing contact so that the ball travels forward spinning.
      • ‘At the start, Graf had problems with the slice on the Davenport serve.’
      • ‘The slice slows the ball's speed down giving you the time to get into a better position.’
      • ‘The final game particularly pleased her coach as Brown mixed up her game, throwing in a few slices and higher top-spun shots and letting Dalton force the pace and make the errors.’
      • ‘Combining top spins, slices and net shots, she forced Tangphong to make a string of unforced errors, handing the Indonesian a crushing first set win.’
      • ‘I wanted to do everything at a slow tempo as I knew it is critical to having a solid slice at the ball.’


  • 1Cut (something, especially food) into slices.

    ‘slice the onion into rings’
    ‘a sliced loaf’
    • ‘The two cakes can be filled with whipped cream and sliced bananas.’
    • ‘The pierna, thinly sliced pork stewed in a savory tomato-chile sauce, is also good.’
    • ‘Berries are great sprinkled into yoghurt; raisins can be added to salads or try sliced apples in sandwiches.’
    • ‘Without sliced bread, you'd just get whole loaves handed to you.’
    • ‘And, just to round it all off, I turned to and knocked us up a quick hash of potato, sliced apple and crisp lean bacon for supper.’
    • ‘The meat is sliced and served separately as a second course, accompanied by a salad or a vegetable.’
    • ‘He takes control of serving the food now, slicing the steaks into even, thin slices and arranging them on Olivia's plate.’
    • ‘Its warm creaminess qualifies oatmeal as a comfort food, and adding sliced strawberries or apple gives it an antioxidant punch.’
    • ‘Just then, our elbows knocked into each other as he was slicing his food.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, mince the garlic, slice the onion, chop the green pepper and dice the eggplants into 2 cm cubes.’
    • ‘Interestingly, our white sliced bread came with butter and a whole baked garlic bulb.’
    • ‘As usual, my brothers and I ate like pigs, while our visitors ate and sliced their food incredibly slowly…’
    • ‘The soup arrived in a steaming tureen, accompanied by a separate plate full of tender pork, salted duck egg, crispy pak choi, sliced carrot and Chinese mushroom.’
    • ‘She was delighted with the lightly-toasted brown bread and thinly sliced grilled tomatoes.’
    • ‘The potatoes are thinly sliced, mixed with garlic and cream and topped with grated cheese.’
    • ‘A two-inch cube of gratin dauphinois binds thinly sliced potatoes with heavy cream and butter, and makes an excellent foil for the bold beef.’
    • ‘You can add any sort of meat, sliced onions, sliced tomatoes, bacon, sausage or pineapple.’
    • ‘Breakfasts are typically Dutch, with lots of bread rolls, cheeses and sliced meats.’
    • ‘Tomatoes in some form - tomato sauce or paste or sliced tomatoes - are almost always part of a pizza and that's a good thing.’
    cut, cut up, carve, divide, segment, section
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    1. 1.1slice something off/from Cut something from (something larger) with a sharp implement.
      ‘he sliced a corner from a fried egg’
      figurative ‘he sliced 70 seconds off the record’
      • ‘Someone busted his forehead open with a car stereo; another rioter tried to slice his ear off.’
      • ‘And it felt like the top of my head had been sliced off.’
      • ‘Take the fish and slice the fillets off them with a very sharp knife.’
      • ‘It will be worth slicing a bit off our up-front margin, if we retain all our customers.’
      • ‘I sliced the top off and told my girl to scoop out the seeds and flesh.’
      • ‘I chopped at the onion, careful not to slice a finger off.’
      • ‘I just wanted to grab that huge knife out of her hand and show her how to chop an onion without slicing her fingers off.’
      • ‘What remains around the stone can be sliced off and then, as a last resort, gnawed with the teeth.’
      • ‘After slicing eight-seconds off her own world record, Chantel swam to Telstra Olympic Trials victory in the 400m freestyle multi disability event at the Sydney Aquatic Centre.’
      • ‘If you aren't going to serve the fish whole, slice off the fins on both sides.’
      • ‘As piglets, their tails are sliced off, their teeth are chipped, and then they're castrated - all without anaesthetic.’
      • ‘The key ingredient comes from a cruel practice: slicing the fins off live sharks and throwing the carcasses back in the ocean.’
      • ‘The implement slices the tops off the grain hulls and then squeezes the pulp and kernels from the cob while leaving the hulls attached.’
      • ‘She reached for her sword and held it behind her back and sliced her hair off right below her ears.’
      • ‘The warplane clipped the tops of trees lining the airfield before scraping the ground and slicing the nose off a large transport aircraft.’
      • ‘‘I smashed my face in the driving mirror, and my left eyelid was sliced off,’ she recalls.’
      • ‘The force sliced the roof off the car and catapulted Gail into the road.’
      • ‘Bragadino's nose and ears were sliced off after he had watched his officers and staff being beheaded.’
      • ‘The main summit is conical and smooth-sided; the top is sliced off like an egg.’
      • ‘‘Disappointing’ results in January sliced a third off its shares.’
      cut off, sever, chop off, hack off, shear off
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    2. 1.2 Cut with or as if with a sharp implement.
      ‘the bomber's wings were slicing the air with some efficiency’
      no object ‘the blade sliced into his palm’
      • ‘As the sharp edge of the knife sliced his arm blood trickled out of his veins and dripped onto the floor.’
      • ‘The young woman was sliced from mouth to ear and has undergone surgery.’
      • ‘The blade catches a hair, pulls it up, and slices through it, after which the hair starts to retract.’
      • ‘Using a sharp knife, I slice each one diagonally, from just below the handle to the opposite corner of the base.’
      • ‘Sharp rocks sliced her bare feet as she tried to regain her balance.’
      • ‘They flew immaculately together, as if they were linked by a silver chain like swans in Irish folklore, the vast wings slicing the air without haste, and disappeared over the hill and far away.’
      • ‘The truth was like a sharp knife and it sliced her heart with every word she uttered.’
      • ‘She heard the singing of a blade being drawn from its scabbard, and dropped into a crouch as said blade sliced the air above her head.’
      • ‘With one furious move, Lynette took the sword in her own hand, she hardly felt the pain in her fingers as the sharp blade sliced through her palm.’
      • ‘As the blood returned to the ankle, it throbbed intensely, as if icy hot knives of pain were slicing his foot in half.’
      • ‘He turned around, swinging his blade slicing the demon's throat open.’
      • ‘Suddenly a shuddering blade of air slices it in half.’
      • ‘I threw myself to the ground as the four foot blades sliced the air over my head.’
      • ‘The metal burs might be sharp enough to slice a good line across her throat.’
      • ‘When the head barista came out brandishing a long sharp knife to slice open the plastic all that was revealed was a pile of cardboard boxes of the catering kind.’
      • ‘He leapt from the cab to confront the gang but one of the thieves pulled out a craft knife and proceeded to slice the driver with the blade a number of times.’
      • ‘If you pick roses for a vase, use a sharp knife to slice the base of the stem, then crush the wound to aid water-absorption.’
      • ‘All was left now was a sharp fear that sliced her heart like a knife.’
      • ‘Use a sharp knife to slice through the spear right at ground level.’
      • ‘The attacker brought the knife up slicing John's throat in one quick motion.’
    3. 1.3no object, with adverbial of direction Move easily and quickly.
      ‘Grimsby sliced through Swindon's defence’
      • ‘The second one didn't miss a beat, and quickly sliced downwards, narrowly missing me.’
      • ‘I dropped the bait, and a grouper grabbed it and took it up the reef, where it was robbed by a shark that sliced easily through the string attaching the weight before making off with the bait.’
      • ‘The road slices through rolling mountain terrain covered in greenery.’
      • ‘From there it's all singletrack slicing through cornfields and avocado and coffee plantations seemingly glued to the sides of steep slopes.’
      • ‘In astronomical parlance, the comet which was slicing through Pisces and heading for the sun, has reached the ‘perihelion’ now.’
      • ‘The drive then takes us over increasingly bleak countryside, slicing through dense birch forest and peaty bog, all snow bleached and windswept by the looming power of Lake Superior.’
      • ‘But even today, the sight of its rear grille slicing past you in the fast lane or cutting you up on a roundabout can induce a nostalgic burst of bitterness and resentment in other road users.’
      • ‘The majestic wooden craft sliced easily through the water as she paddled.’
      • ‘I tacked upwind a few hundred yards and began slicing down the smooth, right-breaking faces, trying to stay focused on the sharp coral just below the surface.’
      • ‘Those razor sharp hips sliced the air as he moved in time to the music.’
      • ‘Two blades sliced past his head from behind as Shushuka again landed stealthily, but not so quietly this time.’
      • ‘The crowd stood up so they could see the specks, combined into one, quickly slicing through the sky.’
      • ‘Vorath led the first lap, but Nelson sliced past for the lead on lap two.’
      • ‘It was a tremendous machine. It moved gracefully, slicing through the water as if it existed simply for the service of this craft alone.’
      • ‘On downhill runs we would slice past the bellowing Buran, sometimes startling a snowy arctic hare as we rounded a bend.’
      • ‘A flowing move involving the whole back line sliced through the Bank defence leaving Clark to beat the last man for the try.’
      • ‘The harsh winter winds were slicing past them and it felt like it was tearing their skin.’
      • ‘I could almost feel the waves against my skin, the power of the Titanic as it sliced through the water easily.’
      • ‘It drew closer and closer, slicing effortlessly through the white tips of the ocean's surface, a foreboding indication of the powerful squalus approaching beneath.’
      • ‘The weapon's tip easily sliced through the water, but what followed was no ordinary feat.’
  • 2Strike (the ball) or play (a stroke) so that the ball curves away to the right (for a left-handed player, the left)

    ‘Duval sliced his ball into the water to the right of the green’
    • ‘If you slice the ball, you should establish more generous limits.’
    • ‘A golfer badly slices a golf ball, which heads toward the rough, but then bounces off a tree and into the cup for a hole in one.’
    • ‘If you're topping or slicing the ball, the problem could be your knees.’
    • ‘After slicing his tee ball into the trees at 18, he pitched out and barely sneaked a six-foot bogey putt in the side door.’
    • ‘If you tend to slice the ball, I recommend that you tee it a little higher when hitting a driver or low-lofted metal wood.’
    1. 2.1 (in other sports) propel (the ball) with a glancing contact so that it travels forward spinning.
      ‘Evans went and sliced a corner into his own net’
      • ‘He only succeeded in slicing the ball and it looped over his own keeper Aaron Brian.’
      • ‘He can hit line drives or slice the ball to the opposite field.’
      • ‘The ball doesn't go safe, but Wise does Paraguay's job for them by ridiculously slicing the loose ball into the side netting.’
      • ‘As he twisted and turned, feinted, dummied and sliced the ball off his boot with the greatest of ease, no one seemed capable of touching him.’
      • ‘The home side edged in front on 25 minutes when Yury Kovtun sliced an attempted cross from the left and saw his effort creep into the corner of Radovan Radacovic's goal.’


  • any way (or however) you slice it

    • informal However you look at the matter.

      ‘the news is not good any way you slice it’
      • ‘Our numbers by design were conservative, but any way you slice it, this bill is great for New York.’
      • ‘However you slice it, there is a challenge to our government.’
      • ‘Any way you slice it, the film is still just shy of becoming mind-numbingly dull.’
      • ‘However you slice it, consumers love topping their gourmet pizza off with a gourmet beverage.’
      • ‘However you slice it, high school children also need to learn to read and write in foreign languages.’
      • ‘This is a positive report any way you slice it.’
  • slice and dice

    • Divide a quantity of information up into smaller parts, especially in order to analyse it more closely or in different ways.

      • ‘Once the assembled reporters and pundits had finished slicing and dicing the speech, I thought, I would have my cartoon for the night.’
      • ‘Today, data can be sliced and diced at lightening speeds and updated just as quickly.’
      • ‘But some interesting things happened when I sliced and diced the data further.’
      • ‘Last summer, McCormick & Co. controller Ken Kelly sliced and diced his financial statements in ways he had never before imagined.’
      • ‘But this way of slicing and dicing the numbers seems inherently misleading.’
      • ‘It should also be able to generate serial numbers, perform revision control, and slice and dice the captured data every which way you chose - on demand.’
      • ‘The categories can be sliced and diced indefinitely, creating a dazzling array of permutations.’
      • ‘Late today, Senate Democrats announced plans to slice and dice the president's budget, which is his top priority.’
      • ‘The site slices and dices crime information in a ton of different ways, complete with a wide assortment of Google Maps.’
      • ‘You can slice and dice the news any way you like.’
  • a slice of the action

  • a slice of life

    • A realistic representation of everyday experience in a film, play, or book.

      ‘it's a slice of life and I hope you found it interesting’
      • ‘It's a little slice of life in a gathering of the mundane items of everyday existence.’
      • ‘The film gets points for highlighting a decidedly unique slice of life, presenting it well, and trying to impart something fresh and original.’
      • ‘This film presents a compelling slice of life whilst interrogating with extraordinary discipline the formal predicates which encase both the film and its protagonist.’
      • ‘The story is part coming of age film, and part slice of life.’
      • ‘The play thus falters in its attempt to be a real and funny slice of life, scrambling to make colloquial its many screeds on life and love in the ‘burbs.’
      • ‘More times than not the film succeeds as a tough, tender, comic slice of life.’
      • ‘With his impeccable writing and subtle direction, Yang has created a remarkable, realistic slice of life that almost needs to be seen two or three times to fully comprehend everything that happens.’
      • ‘It's an engaging slice of life and a rare example of a disaster film that doesn't rely on special effects.’
      • ‘But her Justine grounds the movie too much, keeping it an everyday slice of life when it could become a work of unbridled operatic brilliance.’
      • ‘Our voyeuristic tendencies are fed generously as the film shows us a slice of life that is both fascinating and horrible to watch.’


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.