One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A semiliquid mixture, typically of fine particles of manure, cement, or coal suspended in water.
mud, muck, mire, ooze, silt, alluvium, dirt, slime, slushView synonyms
- ‘Alternatively, a cement and perlite slurry can be pumped into the flue.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘For farmyard manure and slurry the closed period runs from August to November.’
- ‘The other key element is that good practices must be followed when spreading slurry and chemical fertilizers.’
- ‘The tankers are capable of sucking out waste, sludge, and slurry from a depth of eight metres in absolutely no time.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They then repeatedly washed a slurry of gold or semiconductor particles over the protein crystals.’
- ‘According to Paul these produce less slurry and methane gas per acre.’
- ‘Farmers, in particular, have been urged to be careful where and when they apply slurry and fertilisers.’
- ‘Nutrients in fertiliser and slurry encourage aggressive species such as nettles and thistles at their expense.’
- ‘Instead of having to stock parts, dealers could just have a tank of soybean slurry and a couple of computer discs.’
- ‘The slurry was expected to enter the River Ouse in the next 24 hours when it will become so diluted it will be harmless.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Spring application will give the best utilisation of nitrogen in slurry.’
- ‘Meanwhile silage vehicles and the discharge of slurry by jet spray will require specific licences to go on and off farms.’
- ‘Rat-tailed maggot larvae may be found in drains, waste waters, liquid manure, slurry tanks or ditches.’
- ‘Adding silage effluent to slurry greatly increases the level of poisonous hydrogen sulphide gas produced.’
- ‘Farms within a three-kilometre radius are now subject to strict rules on disinfection and the use of milk and of slurry.’
- ‘Officials hurriedly put together advice on the disposal of disinfectants, manure, slurry and milk.’
Late Middle English: related to dialect slur ‘thin mud’, of unknown origin.
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