Definition of slurry in English:



  • [mass noun] A semi-liquid mixture, typically of fine particles of manure, cement, or coal and water.

    ‘clay slurry’
    [count noun] ‘a slurry of ore and water’
    • ‘Erosion is the wearing away or destruction of metals and other materials by the abrasive action of water, steam or slurries that carry abrasive materials.’
    • ‘They then repeatedly washed a slurry of gold or semiconductor particles over the protein crystals.’
    • ‘Farmers, in particular, have been urged to be careful where and when they apply slurry and fertilisers.’
    • ‘The slurry was expected to enter the River Ouse in the next 24 hours when it will become so diluted it will be harmless.’
    • ‘Farms within a three-kilometre radius are now subject to strict rules on disinfection and the use of milk and of slurry.’
    • ‘Rat-tailed maggot larvae may be found in drains, waste waters, liquid manure, slurry tanks or ditches.’
    • ‘Instead of having to stock parts, dealers could just have a tank of soybean slurry and a couple of computer discs.’
    • ‘According to Paul these produce less slurry and methane gas per acre.’
    • ‘Spring application will give the best utilisation of nitrogen in slurry.’
    • ‘Officials hurriedly put together advice on the disposal of disinfectants, manure, slurry and milk.’
    • ‘Alternatively, a cement and perlite slurry can be pumped into the flue.’
    • ‘Nutrients in fertiliser and slurry encourage aggressive species such as nettles and thistles at their expense.’
    • ‘It is recommended to leave a week between slurry and fertilizer spreading.’
    • ‘The flue gas is passed through an aqueous limestone slurry containing formic acid.’
    • ‘The tankers are capable of sucking out waste, sludge, and slurry from a depth of eight metres in absolutely no time.’
    • ‘For farmyard manure and slurry the closed period runs from August to November.’
    • ‘Mud and slurry cover the site at the moment and staff are keeping the remaining dogs out until the threat of further flooding has subsided.’
    • ‘Adding silage effluent to slurry greatly increases the level of poisonous hydrogen sulphide gas produced.’
    • ‘Meanwhile silage vehicles and the discharge of slurry by jet spray will require specific licences to go on and off farms.’
    • ‘The other key element is that good practices must be followed when spreading slurry and chemical fertilizers.’
    mud, muck, mire, ooze, silt, alluvium, dirt, slime, slush, slurry
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Late Middle English: related to dialect slur ‘thin mud’, of unknown origin.