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slate Idioms & Phrases


Adhesive slate

  • (Min.), a kind of slate of a greenish gray color, which absorbs water rapidly, and adheres to the tongue; whence the name.
Webster 1913

Aluminous slate, ∨ Alum slate

  • (Min.), a kind of slate containing sulphate of alumina, used in the manufacture of alum.
Webster 1913

Bituminous slate

  • (Min.), a soft species of sectile clay slate, impregnated with bitumen.
Webster 1913

Bond (∨ lap) of a slate

  • the distance between the top of one slate and the bottom or drip of the second slate above, i. e., the space which is covered with three thicknesses; also, the distance between the nail of the under slate and the lower edge of the upper slate.
Webster 1913

Chlorite slate

  • a schistose or slaty rock consisting of alumina, iron, and magnesia.
Webster 1913

Clay slate

  • (Min.), argillaceous schist; argillite.
Webster 1913

clean slate

  • noun an opportunity to start over without prejudice
    fresh start; tabula rasa.
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Drawing slate

  • a soft, slaty substance used in crayon drawing; called also black chalk, or drawing chalk.
Webster 1913

Hone slate

  • See Polishing slate.
Webster 1913

Horn slate

  • a gray, siliceous stone.
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Hornblende slate

  • (Min.), a slaty rock, consisting essentially of hornblende and feldspar, useful for flagging on account of its toughness.
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Log slate

  • . (Naut.) See Log board (above).
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Mica schist, Mica slate

  • (Geol.), a schistose rock, consisting of mica and quartz with, usually, some feldspar.
Webster 1913

Polishing slate

  • . (a) A gray or yellow slate, found in Bohemia and Auvergne, and used for polishing glass, marble, and metals . (b) A kind of hone or whetstone; hone slate.
Webster 1913

Slate axaxe

  • a mattock with an ax end, used in shaping slates for roofs, and making holes in them for the nails.
Webster 1913

Slate clay

  • (Geol.), an indurated clay, forming one of the alternating beds of the coal measures, consisting of an infusible compound of alumina and silica, and often used for making fire bricks. Tomlinson.
Webster 1913

slate club

  • noun a group of people who save money in a common fund for a specific purpose (usually distributed at Christmas)
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Slate globe

  • a globe the surface of which is made of an artificial slatelike material.
Webster 1913

Slate pencil

  • noun a pencil of soft slate (or soapstone) used for writing on a slate
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  • a pencil of slate, or of soapstone, used for writing on a slate.
Webster 1913

Slate rocks

  • (Min.), rocks which split into thin laminæ, not necessarily parallel to the stratification; foliated rocks.
Webster 1913

slate roof

  • noun a roof covered with slate
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Slate spar

  • (Min.), a variety of calcite of silvery white luster and of a slaty structure.
Webster 1913

slate-black

  • adjective satellite of a black tinged with slate-grey
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slate-color

Slate"-col`or
Definitions
  1. A dark bluish gray color.
Webster 1913

slate-colored junco

  • noun common North American junco having grey plumage and eyes with dark brown irises
    dark-eyed junco; Junco hyemalis.
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slate-gray

  • adjective satellite of the color of slate or granite
    stone-gray; slaty-gray; slate-gray; slatey; slaty; slaty-grey; stone-grey.
    • the slaty sky of dawn
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Slate"-gray` adjective
Definitions
  1. Of a dark gray, like slate.
Webster 1913

slate-grey

  • adjective satellite of the color of slate or granite
    stone-gray; slaty-gray; slate-gray; slatey; slaty; slaty-grey; stone-grey.
    • the slaty sky of dawn
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Transparent slate

  • a plate of translucent material, as ground glass, upon which a copy of a picture, placed beneath it, can be made by tracing.
Webster 1913

Whet slate

  • (Min.), a variety of slate used for sharpening cutting instruments; novaculite; called also whetstone slate, and oilstone.
Webster 1913

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