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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Try to keep the slices of potatoes, onions and sausage roughly the same thickness.’
    • ‘The juicier the fruit the better, so best not use the thin slices of dried fruit such as mango or apple.’
    • ‘On a sheet pan, place 12 slices of crusty bread and a small round of Brie.’
    • ‘The only way it can be suitably prepared is by stir-frying thin slices of the meat with the skin attached at high temperature.’
    • ‘Set two slices of bread on top and drizzle with the remaining olive oil.’
    • ‘Anyhow, this morning I wanted to have two slices of whole wheat bread with some strawberry jam for breakfast.’
    • ‘The dressing and accompaniments were exquisite and the slices of meat paper thin.’
    • ‘My fish was excellent, chips just right, as were the two thin slices of bread.’
    • ‘The pudding is made by lining a buttered basin with fairly thin slices of good bread cut to fit exactly.’
    • ‘Slap two slices of meat between two slices of bread - there's no easier way to build a sandwich.’
    • ‘Put the garlic-scented slices of toasted bread on to a plate then drizzle olive oil over them.’
    • ‘This hearty wedge of egg stuffed with thin slices of potato, red pepper, tomato and herbs on its own would be worth returning for.’
    • ‘She ate her breakfast which consisted of two thin slices of bread and a small cup of water.’
    • ‘On the rim of the sizeable bowl sat four thin slices of crisp French bread which we took at first to be garlic bread.’
    • ‘Serve in a soup bowl, pouring the soup over slices of bread and topping with shredded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and more ground pepper.’
    • ‘While the mushrooms are cooking, toast the slices of bread.’
    • ‘Thin slices of courgette and aubergine sat on top of tomato-infused couscous, which itself was encircled with a drizzle of pesto.’
    • ‘We shared a slice of baked almond tart, served warm with cream and a jam-like fruity sauce.’
    piece, portion, wedge, chunk, hunk, lump, slab, segment
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    1. 1.1A portion or share of something.
      ‘local authorities control a huge slice of public spending’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A slice of ‘real’ life, walking down the street without being recognised is something that probably keeps Nagesh grounded.’
      • ‘That's when companies were trying absolutely radical stuff to gain a slice of market share.’
      • ‘Broadcasters received fixed-term, renewable licenses that gave them exclusive use of a slice of the spectrum for free.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘Let me share with you a slice of our conversation that we had over tea.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Knowing all this, who's going to pay $5.25 a share for a slice of a declining business?’
      • ‘He controls just a slice of the intelligence budget.’
      • ‘When we buy shares in a company we are acquiring a slice of a business, albeit a small one.’
      • ‘Depending on how lucky you felt, the taxman could either add his share to your initial stake or take a slice of your winnings.’
      • ‘Baseball is a slice of American life, and baseball people have historically taken risks and made sacrifices to defend America.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The answer, he said, was to mass-produce a cheaper version and capture a slice of the huge mid-priced guitar market.’
      • ‘Everybody from general assistants to stock controllers and delivery drivers enjoyed a slice of the profits.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A slice of humanity was extinguished in the process.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.

    • ‘This fabulous musical cake slice is perfect for use over the festive period.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The only trouble is, it seems to replace the white cake slice.’
  • 3Golf
    A 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nobody has trouble putting sidespin on the ball - that's what produces hooks and slices.’
    1. 3.1(in other sports) a shot or stroke made with glancing contact so that the ball travels forward spinning.
      • ‘The slice slows the ball's speed down giving you the time to get into a better position.’
      • ‘At the start, Graf had problems with the slice on the Davenport serve.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I wanted to do everything at a slow tempo as I knew it is critical to having a solid slice at the ball.’
      • ‘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.’


  • 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.’
    • ‘As usual, my brothers and I ate like pigs, while our visitors ate and sliced their food incredibly slowly…’
    • ‘You can add any sort of meat, sliced onions, sliced tomatoes, bacon, sausage or pineapple.’
    • ‘He takes control of serving the food now, slicing the steaks into even, thin slices and arranging them on Olivia's plate.’
    • ‘She was delighted with the lightly-toasted brown bread and thinly sliced grilled tomatoes.’
    • ‘Interestingly, our white sliced bread came with butter and a whole baked garlic bulb.’
    • ‘Breakfasts are typically Dutch, with lots of bread rolls, cheeses and sliced meats.’
    • ‘Its warm creaminess qualifies oatmeal as a comfort food, and adding sliced strawberries or apple gives it an antioxidant punch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Without sliced bread, you'd just get whole loaves handed to you.’
    • ‘The potatoes are thinly sliced, mixed with garlic and cream and topped with grated cheese.’
    • ‘Just then, our elbows knocked into each other as he was slicing his food.’
    • ‘Berries are great sprinkled into yoghurt; raisins can be added to salads or try sliced apples in sandwiches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, mince the garlic, slice the onion, chop the green pepper and dice the eggplants into 2 cm cubes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The meat is sliced and served separately as a second course, accompanied by a salad or a vegetable.’
    • ‘Tomatoes in some form - tomato sauce or paste or sliced tomatoes - are almost always part of a pizza and that's a good thing.’
    • ‘The pierna, thinly sliced pork stewed in a savory tomato-chile sauce, is also good.’
    cut, cut up, carve, divide, segment, section
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    1. 1.1Cut something from (something larger) with a sharp implement.
      ‘he sliced a corner from a fried egg’
      figurative ‘he sliced 70 seconds off the record’
      • ‘The force sliced the roof off the car and catapulted Gail into the road.’
      • ‘She reached for her sword and held it behind her back and sliced her hair off right below her ears.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Someone busted his forehead open with a car stereo; another rioter tried to slice his ear off.’
      • ‘As piglets, their tails are sliced off, their teeth are chipped, and then they're castrated - all without anaesthetic.’
      • ‘‘I smashed my face in the driving mirror, and my left eyelid was sliced off,’ she recalls.’
      • ‘I sliced the top off and told my girl to scoop out the seeds and flesh.’
      • ‘The key ingredient comes from a cruel practice: slicing the fins off live sharks and throwing the carcasses back in the ocean.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bragadino's nose and ears were sliced off after he had watched his officers and staff being beheaded.’
      • ‘The warplane clipped the tops of trees lining the airfield before scraping the ground and slicing the nose off a large transport aircraft.’
      • ‘If you aren't going to serve the fish whole, slice off the fins on both sides.’
      • ‘‘Disappointing’ results in January sliced a third off its shares.’
      • ‘The main summit is conical and smooth-sided; the top is sliced off like an egg.’
      • ‘The implement slices the tops off the grain hulls and then squeezes the pulp and kernels from the cob while leaving the hulls attached.’
      • ‘I chopped at the onion, careful not to slice a finger off.’
      cut off, sever, chop off, hack off, shear off
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    2. 1.2Cut 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’
      • ‘The blade catches a hair, pulls it up, and slices through it, after which the hair starts to retract.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Use a sharp knife to slice through the spear right at ground level.’
      • ‘The truth was like a sharp knife and it sliced her heart with every word she uttered.’
      • ‘As the blood returned to the ankle, it throbbed intensely, as if icy hot knives of pain were slicing his foot in half.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All was left now was a sharp fear that sliced her heart like a knife.’
      • ‘The young woman was sliced from mouth to ear and has undergone surgery.’
      • ‘The metal burs might be sharp enough to slice a good line across her throat.’
      • ‘Suddenly a shuddering blade of air slices it in half.’
      • ‘The attacker brought the knife up slicing John's throat in one quick motion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sharp rocks sliced her bare feet as she tried to regain her balance.’
      • ‘As the sharp edge of the knife sliced his arm blood trickled out of his veins and dripped onto the floor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He turned around, swinging his blade slicing the demon's throat open.’
      • ‘Using a sharp knife, I slice each one diagonally, from just below the handle to the opposite corner of the base.’
      • ‘I threw myself to the ground as the four foot blades sliced the air over my head.’
    3. 1.3[no object, with adverbial of direction]Move easily and quickly.
      ‘Grimsby sliced through Swindon's defence’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The majestic wooden craft sliced easily through the water as she paddled.’
      • ‘Vorath led the first lap, but Nelson sliced past for the lead on lap two.’
      • ‘A flowing move involving the whole back line sliced through the Bank defence leaving Clark to beat the last man for the try.’
      • ‘On downhill runs we would slice past the bellowing Buran, sometimes startling a snowy arctic hare as we rounded a bend.’
      • ‘It was a tremendous machine. It moved gracefully, slicing through the water as if it existed simply for the service of this craft alone.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘From there it's all singletrack slicing through cornfields and avocado and coffee plantations seemingly glued to the sides of steep slopes.’
      • ‘Two blades sliced past his head from behind as Shushuka again landed stealthily, but not so quietly this time.’
      • ‘In astronomical parlance, the comet which was slicing through Pisces and heading for the sun, has reached the ‘perihelion’ now.’
      • ‘Those razor sharp hips sliced the air as he moved in time to the music.’
      • ‘The second one didn't miss a beat, and quickly sliced downwards, narrowly missing me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 harsh winter winds were slicing past them and it felt like it was tearing their skin.’
      • ‘The road slices through rolling mountain terrain covered in greenery.’
      • ‘The crowd stood up so they could see the specks, combined into one, quickly slicing through the sky.’
      • ‘I could almost feel the waves against my skin, the power of the Titanic as it sliced through the water easily.’
      • ‘The weapon's tip easily sliced through the water, but what followed was no ordinary feat.’
  • 2Golf
    Strike (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’
    • ‘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're topping or slicing the ball, the problem could be your knees.’
    • ‘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 slice the ball, you should establish more generous limits.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 ball doesn't go safe, but Wise does Paraguay's job for them by ridiculously slicing the loose ball into the side netting.’


  • any way (or however) you slice it

    • informal However you look at the matter.

      ‘the news is not good any way you slice it’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is a positive report any way you slice it.’
      • ‘However you slice it, there is a challenge to our government.’
      • ‘Our numbers by design were conservative, but any way you slice it, this bill is great for New York.’
      • ‘However you slice it, high school children also need to learn to read and write in foreign languages.’
  • slice and dice

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

      • ‘But some interesting things happened when I sliced and diced the data further.’
      • ‘But this way of slicing and dicing the numbers seems inherently misleading.’
      • ‘You can slice and dice the news any way you like.’
      • ‘Today, data can be sliced and diced at lightening speeds and updated just as quickly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Once the assembled reporters and pundits had finished slicing and dicing the speech, I thought, I would have my cartoon for the night.’
      • ‘The categories can be sliced and diced indefinitely, creating a dazzling array of permutations.’
      • ‘Last summer, McCormick & Co. controller Ken Kelly sliced and diced his financial statements in ways he had never before imagined.’
  • a slice of the action

    • see omitted unresolving XREF to "a piece of the action" at piece
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘The story is part coming of age film, and part slice of life.’
      • ‘This film presents a compelling slice of life whilst interrogating with extraordinary discipline the formal predicates which encase both the film and its protagonist.’
      • ‘Our voyeuristic tendencies are fed generously as the film shows us a slice of life that is both fascinating and horrible to watch.’
      • ‘It's an engaging slice of life and a rare example of a disaster film that doesn't rely on special effects.’


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.