5 letter word starting with sl

Words Parts of Speech Meaning/Definition/Similar Words
slack noun Small coal; also, coal dust; culm., A valley, or small, shallow dell., Lax; not tense; not hard drawn; not firmly extended; as, a slack rope., Weak; not holding fast; as, a slack hand., Remiss; backward; not using due diligence or care; not earnest or eager; as, slack in duty or service., Not violent, rapid, or pressing; slow; moderate; easy; as, business is slack., Slackly; as, slack dried hops., The part of anything that hangs loose, having no strain upon it; as, the slack of a rope or of a sail., Alt. of Slacken, Alt. of Slacken
slade noun A little dell or valley; a flat piece of low, moist ground., The sole of a plow.
slaie noun A weaver’s reed; a sley.
slake adjective To allay; to quench; to extinguish; as, to slake thirst., To mix with water, so that a true chemical combination shall take place; to slack; as, to slake lime., To go out; to become extinct., To abate; to become less decided., To slacken; to become relaxed., To become mixed with water, so that a true chemical combination takes place; as, the lime slakes.
slang imp. of Sling. Slung., Any long, narrow piece of land; a promontory., A fetter worn on the leg by a convict., Low, vulgar, unauthorized language; a popular but unauthorized word, phrase, or mode of expression; also, the jargon of some particular calling or class in society; low popular cant; as, the slang of the theater, of college, of sailors, etc., To address with slang or ribaldry; to insult with vulgar language., of Sling
slank imp. & p. p. of Slink., of Slink
slant verb i. To be turned or inclined from a right line or level; to lie obliquely; to slope., To turn from a direct line; to give an oblique or sloping direction to; as, to slant a line., A slanting direction or plane; a slope; as, it lies on a slant., An oblique reflection or gibe; a sarcastic remark., Inclined from a direct line, whether horizontal or perpendicular; sloping; oblique.
slape adjective Slippery; smooth; crafty; hypocritical.
slash verb t. To cut by striking violently and at random; to cut in long slits., To lash; to ply the whip to., To crack or snap, as a whip., To strike violently and at random, esp. with an edged instrument; to lay about one indiscriminately with blows; to cut hastily and carelessly., A long cut; a cut made at random., A large slit in the material of any garment, made to show the lining through the openings., Swampy or wet lands overgrown with bushes.
slate verb t. An argillaceous rock which readily splits into thin plates; argillite; argillaceous schist., Any rock or stone having a slaty structure., A prepared piece of such stone., A thin, flat piece, for roofing or covering houses, etc., A tablet for writing upon., An artificial material, resembling slate, and used for the above purposes., A thin plate of any material; a flake., A list of candidates, prepared for nomination or for election; a list of candidates, or a programme of action, devised beforehand., To cover with slate, or with a substance resembling slate; as, to slate a roof; to slate a globe., To register (as on a slate and subject to revision), for an appointment., To set a dog upon; to bait; to slat. See 2d Slat, 3.
slatt noun A slab of stone used as a veneer for coarse masonry.
slaty adjective Resembling slate; having the nature, appearance, or properties, of slate; composed of thin parallel plates, capable of being separated by splitting; as, a slaty color or texture.
slavs plural of Slav
slave noun See Slav., A person who is held in bondage to another; one who is wholly subject to the will of another; one who is held as a chattel; one who has no freedom of action, but whose person and services are wholly under the control of another., One who has lost the power of resistance; one who surrenders himself to any power whatever; as, a slave to passion, to lust, to strong drink, to ambition., A drudge; one who labors like a slave., An abject person; a wretch., To drudge; to toil; to labor as a slave., To enslave.
slain past participle of Slay
slazy adjective See Sleazy.
sleek superl. Having an even, smooth surface; smooth; hence, glossy; as, sleek hair., Not rough or harsh., With ease and dexterity., That which makes smooth; varnish., To make even and smooth; to render smooth, soft, and glossy; to smooth over.
sleep imp. of Sleep. Slept., To take rest by a suspension of the voluntary exercise of the powers of the body and mind, and an apathy of the organs of sense; to slumber., To be careless, inattentive, or uncouncerned; not to be vigilant; to live thoughtlessly., To be dead; to lie in the grave., To be, or appear to be, in repose; to be quiet; to be unemployed, unused, or unagitated; to rest; to lie dormant; as, a question sleeps for the present; the law sleeps., To be slumbering in; — followed by a cognate object; as, to sleep a dreamless sleep., To give sleep to; to furnish with accomodations for sleeping; to lodge., A natural and healthy, but temporary and periodical, suspension of the functions of the organs of sense, as well as of those of the voluntary and rational soul; that state of the animal in which there is a lessened acuteness of sensory perception, a confusion of ideas, and a loss of mental control, followed by a more or less unconscious state.
slept imp. & past participle of Sleep, imp. & p. p. of Sleep.
sleer noun A slayer.
sleet noun The part of a mortar extending from the chamber to the trunnions., Hail or snow, mingled with rain, usually falling, or driven by the wind, in fine particles., To snow or hail with a mixture of rain.
sleid verb t. To sley, or prepare for use in the weaver’s sley, or slaie.
slent noun & verb See Slant.
slice verb t. A thin, broad piece cut off; as, a slice of bacon; a slice of cheese; a slice of bread., That which is thin and broad, like a slice., A broad, thin piece of plaster., A salver, platter, or tray., A knife with a thin, broad blade for taking up or serving fish; also, a spatula for spreading anything, as paint or ink., A plate of iron with a handle, forming a kind of chisel, or a spadelike implement, variously proportioned, and used for various purposes, as for stripping the planking from a vessel’s side, for cutting blubber from a whale, or for stirring a fire of coals; a slice bar; a peel; a fire shovel., One of the wedges by which the cradle and the ship are lifted clear of the building blocks to prepare for launching., A removable sliding bottom to galley., To cut into thin pieces, or to cut off a thin, broad piece from., To cut into parts; to divide., To clear by means of a slice bar, as a fire or the grate bars of a furnace.
slich noun Alt. of Slick
slick noun See Schlich., Sleek; smooth., To make sleek or smoth., A wide paring chisel.
slide verb t. To move along the surface of any body by slipping, or without walking or rolling; to slip; to glide; as, snow slides down the mountain’s side., Especially, to move over snow or ice with a smooth, uninterrupted motion, as on a sled moving by the force of gravity, or on the feet., To pass inadvertently., To pass along smoothly or unobservedly; to move gently onward without friction or hindrance; as, a ship or boat slides through the water., To slip when walking or standing; to fall., To pass from one note to another with no perceptible cassation of sound., To pass out of one’s thought as not being of any consequence., To cause to slide; to thrust along; as, to slide one piece of timber along another., To pass or put imperceptibly; to slip; as, to slide in a word to vary the sense of a question., The act of sliding; as, a slide on the ice., Smooth, even passage or progress., That on which anything moves by sliding., An inclined plane on which heavy bodies slide by the force of gravity, esp. one constructed on a mountain side for conveying logs by sliding them down., A surface of ice or snow on which children slide for amusement., That which operates by sliding., A cover which opens or closes an aperture by sliding over it., A moving piece which is guided by a part or parts along which it slides., A clasp or brooch for a belt, or the like., A plate or slip of glass on which is a picture or delineation to be exhibited by means of a magic lantern, stereopticon, or the like; a plate on which is an object to be examined with a microscope., The descent of a mass of earth, rock, or snow down a hill or mountain side; as, a land slide, or a snow slide; also, the track of bare rock left by a land slide., A small dislocation in beds of rock along a line of fissure., A grace consisting of two or more small notes moving by conjoint degrees, and leading to a principal note either above or below., An apparatus in the trumpet and trombone by which the sounding tube is lengthened and shortened so as to produce the tones between the fundamental and its harmonics., A sound which, by a gradual change in the position of the vocal organs, passes imperceptibly into another sound., Same as Guide bar, under Guide., A slide valve.
slily adverb See Slyly.
slime noun Soft, moist earth or clay, having an adhesive quality; viscous mud., Any mucilaginous substance; any substance of a dirty nature, that is moist, soft, and adhesive., Bitumen., Mud containing metallic ore, obtained in the preparatory dressing., A mucuslike substance which exudes from the bodies of certain animals., To smear with slime.
slimy superl. Of or pertaining to slime; resembling slime; of the nature of slime; viscous; glutinous; also, covered or daubed with slime; yielding, or abounding in, slime.
sling verb t. An instrument for throwing stones or other missiles, consisting of a short strap with two strings fastened to its ends, or with a string fastened to one end and a light stick to the other. The missile being lodged in a hole in the strap, the ends of the string are taken in the hand, and the whole whirled rapidly round until, by loosing one end, the missile is let fly with centrifugal force., The act or motion of hurling as with a sling; a throw; figuratively, a stroke., A contrivance for sustaining anything by suspension, A kind of hanging bandage put around the neck, in which a wounded arm or hand is supported., A loop of rope, or a rope or chain with hooks, for suspending a barrel, bale, or other heavy object, in hoisting or lowering., A strap attached to a firearm, for suspending it from the shoulder., A band of rope or iron for securing a yard to a mast; — chiefly in the plural., To throw with a sling., To throw; to hurl; to cast., To hang so as to swing; as, to sling a pack., To pass a rope round, as a cask, gun, etc., preparatory to attaching a hoisting or lowering tackle., A drink composed of spirit (usually gin) and water sweetened.
slung imp. of Sling, of Sling, imp. & p. p. of Sling.
slunk imp. of Slink, of Slink, imp. & p. p. of Slink.
slink adjective To creep away meanly; to steal away; to sneak., To miscarry; — said of female beasts., To cast prematurely; — said of female beasts; as, a cow that slinks her calf., Produced prematurely; as, a slink calf., Thin; lean., The young of a beast brought forth prematurely, esp. a calf brought forth before its time., A thievish fellow; a sneak.
slish noun A cut; as, slish and slash.
slive verb i. To sneak., To cut; to split; to separate.
sloam noun A layer of earth between coal seams.
sloat noun A narrow piece of timber which holds together large pieces; a slat; as, the sloats of a cart.
slock verb t. Alt. of Slocken
sloke noun See Sloakan.
sloom noun Slumber.
sloop noun A vessel having one mast and fore-and-aft rig, consisting of a boom-and-gaff mainsail, jibs, staysail, and gaff topsail. The typical sloop has a fixed bowsprit, topmast, and standing rigging, while those of a cutter are capable of being readily shifted. The sloop usually carries a centerboard, and depends for stability upon breadth of beam rather than depth of keel. The two types have rapidly approximated since 1880. One radical distinction is that a slop may carry a centerboard. See Cutter, and Illustration in Appendix.
slope verb i. An oblique direction; a line or direction including from a horizontal line or direction; also, sometimes, an inclination, as of one line or surface to another., Any ground whose surface forms an angle with the plane of the horizon., Sloping., In a sloping manner., To form with a slope; to give an oblique or slanting direction to; to direct obliquely; to incline; to slant; as, to slope the ground in a garden; to slope a piece of cloth in cutting a garment., To take an oblique direction; to be at an angle with the plane of the horizon; to incline; as, the ground slopes., To depart; to disappear suddenly.
slopy adjective Sloping; inclined.
slosh Alt. of Sloshy
sloth noun Slowness; tardiness., Disinclination to action or labor; sluggishness; laziness; idleness., Any one of several species of arboreal edentates constituting the family Bradypodidae, and the suborder Tardigrada. They have long exserted limbs and long prehensile claws. Both jaws are furnished with teeth (see Illust. of Edentata), and the ears and tail are rudimentary. They inhabit South and Central America and Mexico., To be idle.
slowh imp. of Slee,to slay.
slows noun Milk sickness.
sludy adjective Miry; slushy.
slued imp. & past participle of Slue
slugs noun pl. Half-roasted ore.
slump noun The gross amount; the mass; the lump., To lump; to throw into a mess., To fall or sink suddenly through or in, when walking on a surface, as on thawing snow or ice, partly frozen ground, a bog, etc., not strong enough to bear the person., A boggy place., The noise made by anything falling into a hole, or into a soft, miry place.
slush noun Soft mud., A mixture of snow and water; half-melted snow., A soft mixture of grease and other materials, used for lubrication., The refuse grease and fat collected in cooking, especially on shipboard., A mixture of white lead and lime, with which the bright parts of machines, such as the connecting rods of steamboats, are painted to be preserved from oxidation., To smear with slush or grease; as, to slush a mast., To paint with a mixture of white lead and lime.
slyly adverb In a sly manner; shrewdly; craftily.
slype noun A narrow passage between two buildings, as between the transept and chapter house of a monastery.