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Topic: CONSTRUCTION

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: esclat 'thin piece split off', from esclater 'to burst, splinter'

slate

1 noun
     
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rock

[uncountable]HEG a dark grey rock that can easily be split into flat thin pieces
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on a roof

[countable] especially British EnglishTBC a small piece of slate or similar material that is used for covering roofs [= tile]:
There were several slates missing from the roof.
3

slate blue/grey

CC a dark blue or grey colour
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politics

[countable]PPV a list of people that voters can choose in an election, or who are being considered for an important job
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for writing on

[countable]SE a small black board or a flat piece of slate in a wooden frame used for writing on in the past
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put something on the slate

British English old-fashioned to arrange to pay for something later, especially food or drink

➔ a clean slate

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