Main definitions of slash in English

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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Cut (something) with a violent sweeping movement, typically using a knife or sword.

    ‘a tire was slashed on my car’
    ‘they cut and slashed their way to the river’
    no object ‘the man slashed at him with a sword’
    • ‘He drew his sword and slashed at the wall, which came apart instantly.’
    • ‘As Haruka followed, Jeff drew a short sword and slashed at his former son.’
    • ‘Professor Davis' leather jacket had been slashed at the back, about kidney height.’
    • ‘I did the only thing I could think of at the time; I took my sword and slashed at the arm with amazing force.’
    • ‘We hacked and slashed our way through the forest until we reached a huge opening.’
    • ‘Ten years ago, nets belonging to the Knock United club were slashed at McLoughlin's field on the Knock road which at the time was being used as the club's pitch.’
    • ‘Risaku unsheathed his sword and slashed at the hand.’
    • ‘He whipped out his swords and slashed at it before it could get its bearings.’
    • ‘AN 18-year-old woman who threatened a police officer with a kitchen knife began to slash her own wrists with the weapon.’
    • ‘I realised it was a knife when they slashed my wrist with it.’
    • ‘I drew my sword and slashed at all the enemies in my way as I ran to the top.’
    • ‘She pulled a knife and slashed at the angelic face before her.’
    • ‘These were the first casualties of that bloody war, and they did not even have time to draw their swords before the knives slashed across their throats.’
    • ‘Frantic, the intruder, drew his sword and slashed at the cyborg's feet, easily slicing through its ankles.’
    • ‘He brought his hand up as if to caress her face, and at the last instant, flicked his wrist and savagely slashed the knife across her throat.’
    • ‘As soon as he stepped into the galley, I kicked the sword out of his hand and slashed at him with my knife.’
    • ‘Kale pulled out his sword and slashed at the operative, slicing Lance's arm across the shoulder before kicking him out of the way.’
    • ‘The truck was sitting on the bridge still, but she could see the tires had been slashed, with her knife she presumed.’
    • ‘‘Your skills could use improvement,’ said Charles as he lifted his sword and slashed at my leg.’
    • ‘As they pushed against each other's arm against the other, Marcus raised his sword and slashed at the lizard.’
    cut, cut open, gash, slit, split open, lacerate, knife, hack, make an incision in, score
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    1. 1.1informal Reduce (a price, quantity, etc.) greatly.
      ‘the workforce has been slashed by 2,000’
      • ‘However, it recently slashed the price of the games machine to €299.’
      • ‘It was expected that the share of each state would have been slashed at today's meeting keeping in mind the dry conditions and the failure of the monsoons.’
      • ‘His policies included slashing social spending, cutting taxes for high-income earners and dismantling welfare and education entitlements.’
      • ‘The combination of such software and low inventories means many chains can hope to feel less pressure to slash prices as the holiday season gets under way.’
      • ‘That would slash prices to consumers - and also save insurers hundreds of millions of dollars because they would no longer foot the bill.’
      • ‘Prices were slashed in some parts of the country, and many builders went bankrupt.’
      • ‘Since then, health officials have been tirelessly working to slash the conception rate among schoolgirls.’
      • ‘Forty years ago today the notorious Beeching plan to slash 2,363 rail stations and 5,000 miles of track nationwide, was unveiled.’
      • ‘In addition, the recent surge in productivity is encouraging the efficient to slash prices, forcing rivals to match their discounts or lose share.’
      • ‘A vicious cycle emerges where prices are slashed and producers try to out-discount each other.’
      • ‘And suppliers are again being pushed hard to slash prices.’
      • ‘In October 2000 50 positions were slashed at the company's bases in Melksham and Trowbridge as bosses attempted to balance the books.’
      • ‘Part of that drawdown will come from tech companies slashing prices.’
      • ‘Football analysts predict that this will slash the price of broadcasting rights by several hundred millions.’
      • ‘Every European government is slashing public spending and cutting welfare provisions.’
      • ‘UK retailers slashed the prices of summer clothing’
      • ‘He would have to slash his prices in half and create a branded line of three complementary products in order to get the deal.’
      • ‘Companies are cutting back jobs and slashing pensions.’
      • ‘And because this simple process was less expensive, he could slash his price.’
      • ‘Many bargain hunters are finding great deals as businesses slash prices and offer incentives to boost sales.’
      reduce, cut, drop, bring down, mark down, lower, put down
      get rid of, axe, cut, shed, lose
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    2. 1.2archaic Lash, whip, or thrash severely.
      • ‘Kyana did not let him finish the sentence; she snapped the whip, slashing him across the chest.’
      • ‘An ice-cream vendor severely slashed a Bangkok dentist with a small sword after accusing him of pulling the wrong tooth, police said yesterday.’
      • ‘He picked up the whip he had slashed him with, happy to have sustained the damage to his ribs and leg.’
      • ‘She whipped through them, slashing them with her sword.’
    3. 1.3archaic Crack (a whip)
      • ‘The tables turned and now the invisible was in defense, though every now and then it whipped its tail or slashed its claws.’
      • ‘Fuzen slashed the whip at Rowan, which wrapped around his wrist.’
      • ‘She said it with a finger poised on her bottom lip as she began thinking about slashing her whip.’
      • ‘With a rush of strength she slashed the whip across the harnessed mule's haunches.’
    4. 1.4archaic Criticize (someone or something) severely.
      • ‘How could I not slash this movie?’
      • ‘In this book, the irreverent British art critic slashes his way through the New York art scene from the 1960s to recent times.’
      find fault with, censure, denounce, condemn, arraign, attack, lambaste, pillory, disapprove of, carp at, cavil at, rail against, inveigh against, cast aspersions on, pour scorn on, disparage, denigrate, deprecate, malign, vilify, besmirch, run down, give a bad press to
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noun

  • 1A cut made with a wide, sweeping stroke.

    ‘the man took a mighty slash at his head with a large sword’
    • ‘The top of the stick smashed the man's nose, sending him stumbling backwards before a swift slash caught him in the neck and threw him to the ground.’
    • ‘His chest soaked in blood from the bullet wounds and the sword slashes.’
    • ‘With his free hand, Ocsillatornis tried to break Pete's legs with a single slash.’
    • ‘That's done quickly, brutally, the maw rising and falling in quick slashes and dumping the mud to the side.’
    • ‘This time he overreached on the right hand side, and a sweeping slash gave him a red welt across his torso and sent his sword flying.’
    • ‘Even though it was a clean slash, I could immediately tell that this would be the most gruesome battle I have ever fought.’
    • ‘Haslette had to jump because of the slashes Nicolini kept sending at his feet.’
    • ‘Cameron faced a slash head-on, then stepped back as one claw went for his eyes.’
    • ‘In a swift series of slashes, he turned the giant tree into a large pile of wood.’
    • ‘Seeing this Hicoz charged them - dispatching both with a single slash of his mighty blade.’
    • ‘In the blink of an eye, he leaped towards the table and heaved the sword in a mighty slash that cut the vase in two halves.’
    • ‘Beltraw rights himself, and throws a punch at Daniel, then turns and blocks a slash from Simon.’
    • ‘He cut down the closest two with a single slash, cutting both in half.’
    • ‘She began to parry and dodge their blazing fast attacks, but she was clearly outmatched and succumbed to their slashes and blows.’
    • ‘I caught the slash on the blade pressed against my wrist.’
    • ‘Not only did he puncture his sword through his limb, but also because he moved so unbelievably fast, Blake endured twice as many slashes in one mighty stroke.’
    • ‘The slash on his chest and leg are too wide and deep to be inflicted by man.’
    • ‘Her attacks went from the hard motions to indifferent slashes.’
    • ‘With a quick slash, he caught him on the shoulder blade leaving a deep gash.’
    • ‘The slash caught Locke from his left cheek in a diagonal line to his forehead.’
    blow, stroke
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    1. 1.1 A wound or gash made by a cut with a wide, sweeping stroke.
      ‘he staggered over with a crimson slash across his temple’
      • ‘Occasionally we encounter small crevasses, innocuous little fissures cutting slashes through the pristine whiteness of the slope.’
      • ‘She caught a couple of slashes from the knife in her legs, but she kept running out of blind fear and shock.’
      • ‘Some people do not have the mental toughness to look at a gaping slash on their own body, see their own spurting blood and continue to attack.’
      • ‘The flesh had been chewed away at one hand leaving a mighty slash down his palm.’
      • ‘He has ten slashes from what looks to be thick rope.’
      • ‘Pushing her black hair out of her face, she caught a glimpse of the ruby-red slash across her right forearm.’
      • ‘Callum looked down at the slashes on Seth's thighs.’
      • ‘Both were covered by numerous cuts, slashes and puncture wounds on their legs, arms and faces.’
      • ‘Her arms are criss-crossed with white puckered slashes - she cut herself after her older sister died from drugs.’
      • ‘More symbols were scrawled into the stone of the arch, crimson slashes carved in the rock as though they were weeping wounds in the gateway.’
      • ‘Add the chicken to the marinade and rub the marinade into the slashes with your fingertips.’
      • ‘As the blood pumped into the patient's facial flesh, Asclepius proceeded to start cleaning the slashes on Zach's chest.’
      • ‘We're pretty sure it was cut, not torn up by the dogs or something, because the slashes were clean and straight.’
      • ‘She was taken to Basildon Hospital with slashes to her eye and deep cuts to her upper lip.’
      • ‘Looking in one direction you could see a tree scored by a deep slash.’
      • ‘Gently licking, she cleans the four slashes slow and methodically.’
      • ‘One of these came to his notice when a York music dealer showed him the slashes, made by a glass cutter or a diamond ring, cut into the ten-foot square window of his shop.’
      • ‘No gouges, slashes, holes, wounds, cuts, not so much as a scrape.’
      • ‘It had carvings that looked like slashes down all sides of its tough structure.’
      • ‘I winced in pain as the cold wind blew sand through the slash.’
      cut, gash, laceration, slit, hack, score, incision
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    2. 1.2 A bright patch or flash of color or light.
      ‘yellow and gold foliage, with the odd slash of red’
      • ‘As Kiv's hand jerked an inch to one side, Nolen dropped to the ground, avoiding a narrow slash of fiery white light that burned a hole in the wall behind him.’
      • ‘Thunder rumbled again, accompanied by a slash of lightning which lit up the sky for an instant.’
      • ‘There's such a contrast between the white lining of the underwing, and the small slash of white in the upperwing.’
      • ‘Their boots were buffed into black mirrors, the red bands around their caps looked like slashes of blood against the khaki.’
      • ‘The dress was royal blue with a diagonal slash of diamantés.’
      • ‘One a bright red with black slashes, tall, but the shortest out of the three.’
      • ‘Old ladies with still - good cheekbones, groomed swept-up hair and a slash of red lipstick are everywhere.’
      • ‘Where a giant tree falls, a slash of light is introduced into the previously darkened forest.’
      • ‘Along the way I caught slashes of blue sea and Scarborough Castle, and underfoot, in and amongst the birch and pine trees there are splashes of purple heather.’
      • ‘The wind blows her hair around her face, obscuring her expression: when she turns to him, all Bert can see is the red slash of her smile.’
      • ‘The silver slash of Loch Voil in the distance formed a foreground to layers of mountain slopes.’
      • ‘Get in tough with your inner siren and go for high-octane glamour: think sequins, heels and a slash of red lipstick’
      • ‘The surface of the suspension became matt, a painted slash of colour against the grey rock, as microfine tremors shot through it.’
      • ‘As we gazed down the length of Glen Etive to the silver slash of Loch Etive it was satisfying to realise that the success of our day was far greater than we expected it to be.’
      • ‘Her black hair was slicked down, her mouth a cruel slash of red lipstick.’
      • ‘But it's astonishing to enter a space, straight off the street, that is so long relative to its width, and whose height is emphasised by vertical slashes of windows.’
      • ‘The only colour is a slash of peony red on their lips.’
      • ‘There is a slash of purple, a flash of red, someone cries out…’
      • ‘He takes in her dark brown hair, badly cut, and over pale face accentuated by a shocking slash of vibrant red mouth.’
      • ‘This piece, from 1992, is a meeting of blue and gold planes framed by frantic green and orange slashes.’
  • 2An oblique stroke (/) in print or writing, used between alternatives (e.g. and/or), in fractions (e.g. 3/4), in ratios (e.g. miles/day), or between separate elements of a text.

    • ‘In addition, it replaces file path back slashes with forward slashes and does many other things.’
    • ‘A hyphen suggests an amalgamation of the two disciplines; a slash keeps them separate, poetry staying on its side of the fence and criticism on its side.’
    • ‘I joined the two together separated by a slash as a compromise on the first gig poster, and it stuck.’
    • ‘Remember to include the trailing slash when invoking custom actions.’
    • ‘One stylistic tic Macklin practices in many poems is the refusal to choose the precise word she wants, yoking alternatives with a slash.’
    • ‘Double slashes indicate a large unanalyzed region out of scale with the numbering.’
    • ‘By the way, anything in italics between slashes are thoughts from now on.’
    • ‘Sorry for all the forward slashes; I was trying to take into account all eventualities.’
    • ‘Just get rid of the spaces after the dots and slashes.’
    • ‘The names of the alleles involved in these gene conversion/recombination events are separated by a slash.’
    • ‘The slashes in Caxton's text were an experiment in punctuation, and are roughly equivalent to commas.’
    • ‘An extra key brings up a list of characters that you won't find on the keyboard, such as the forward slash, square brackets and curly braces.’
    • ‘Brackets and slashes all over the place - we might have had too much to say.’
    • ‘And for some reason, I kept writing a backslash instead of a forward slash.’
    • ‘Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers separated by a slash, like 120 / 80.’
    • ‘It occurs to me that the ticks, slashes and comments made on a piece of student work would make a good template for a piece of visual art.’
    • ‘All Unix directories are separated by forward slashes.’
    • ‘So computer scientists had to improvise by borrowing the asterisk for multiplication and the forward slash for division.’
    • ‘But the policeman was extremely nice, he let me pass, explaining in detail the meaning in Canada of the road sign with the green arrow pointing left with a big slash over it.’
    • ‘At each node, the optimal distribution is given with alternative equally optimal distributions separated with a forward slash.’
    solidus, oblique, backslash, diagonal, virgule, slant
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    1. 2.1usually as modifier A genre of fiction, published chiefly in fanzines or online, in which characters who appear together in movies, television, or other popular media are portrayed as having a sexual (especially homosexual) relationship.
      • ‘I realise that the second quote isn't really about LotR slash - just thought it was worth chucking in as a sweet little thing for the fans out there.’
      • ‘Like so many things in fandom, slash really began with Star Trek.’
      • ‘Almost all find writing slash utterly natural, with some seeming slightly perplexed at being asked why they do it.’
      • ‘I don't quite understand it when people dismiss slash as purely fan fantasy.’
      • ‘Some fandoms inspire more slash than others - Lord of the Rings fanfiction is drowning in the stuff, probably because of the near-absence of female characters.’
      • ‘Their products for sale consisted exclusively of hand-bound photocopied slash fiction booklets.’
      • ‘In the early years slash was disseminated primarily via fanzines, which were sold by mail order and at fan conventions.’
      • ‘I watch Buffy and Angel, but if Buffy keeps becoming a bad slash fan fic, I'll drop the damn thing.’
      • ‘Is one of the criteria of slash fiction that it is inferior and derivative of the original text?’
      • ‘Second, slash fiction is so similar to mainstream genre romances that it could reasonably be classified as a species of that genus.’
  • 3North American Debris resulting from the felling or destruction of trees.

    • ‘Bears build wintering dens with logging slash, and mixed-age forests offer nuts and cover.’
    • ‘Adults like fresh stumps, slash, and logging debris.’
    • ‘Some fires smoldered for weeks, burning down through logging slash and the deep soil until they scorched the rocks below.’
    • ‘Trees and slash are left behind in the pursuit of today's profit opportunities, and nothing grows back except weeds.’
    • ‘Since officials began aggressively suppressing wildfire, many of Florida's forests have been taken over by slash and loblolly pine.’

conjunction

informal
  • Used to link alternatives or words describing or denoting a dual (or multiple) function or nature.

    ‘a model slash actress’
    ‘the most insane-slash-brilliant maneuver in the show's history’
    ‘a fashionable movie theater-slash-bar-slash-restaurant’
    • ‘He's my lawyer-slash-manager.’
    • ‘So it looks like there's plenty for her to chat about with the longtime political activist slash Hollywood hunk.’
    • ‘It's a fun, Instagram-slash-Twitter-slash-Vine version of a dating site.’
    • ‘It was a really cool partnership, because he'd write the scripts and then I kind of acted as the producer slash director to execute them.’
    • ‘Arnold played the prime suspect slash campus security guard.’
    • ‘She can match wits with the best of them, making her the perfect partner-slash-foil for Bond.’
    • ‘The provocative sportscaster-slash-pundit takes on five of the biggest controversies of the day.’
    • ‘It's a good fit for these books, which are set in an alternate modern-day world, but which also manage to give off a Prohibition era-slash-mobster vibe.’
    • ‘Emmanuelle went unfortunately casual slash trashy in tight leather pants and an arm cuff.’
    • ‘The award for the most daring slash revealing slash ridiculous red carpet outfit of all time goes to McGowan.’
    • ‘Heard plays a beauty queen slash assassin, Alexa Vega.’
    • ‘The film comes across as a music video slash video game masquerading as an 'arty' thriller.’
    • ‘The rock star slash vampire slayer in the story was actually an idea for another book.’
    • ‘Erin is all Aussie as the girlfriend slash former student of Felix.’
    • ‘The singer-slash-actress was up for several awards tonight.’
    • ‘The detectives-slash-dimwits in charge of the case don't appreciate the finer points of deductive reasoning.’

Origin

Late Middle English: perhaps imitative, or from Old French esclachier ‘break in pieces’. The noun dates from the late 16th century.

Pronunciation

slash

/slaSH//slæʃ/

Main definitions of slash in English

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slash2

noun

US
  • A tract of swampy ground, especially in a coastal region.

    • ‘The Goose Hill ridges are separated by slashes of the extensive marsh, lying north and east of them, named Goose Hill marsh.’
    • ‘Slash Pine is named after the "slashes" – swampy ground overgrown with trees and bushes – that constitute its habitat.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation

slash

/slaSH//slæʃ/