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slab / slab/ • n. a large, thick, flat piece of stone, concrete, or wood, typically rectangular: paving slabs she settled on a slab of rock. ∎  a large, thick slice or piece of cake, bread, chocolate, etc.: a slab of bread and cheese. ∎  Climbing a large, smooth, steep body of rock. ∎  an outer piece of timber sawn from a log. ∎  a table used for laying a body on in a morgue. • v. (slabbed , slab·bing ) [tr.] [often as n.] (slabbing) remove slabs from (a log or tree) to prepare it for sawing into planks. DERIVATIVES: slabbed adj. slab·by adj.

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slab. Large flat but not very thick portion of any material. Slabs of stone are used for pavements, the mensa of an altar, cladding, grave-covers, tomb-stones, etc.

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slab2 (dial.) marshy place, slush. XVII.
So adj. viscid XVII. prob. of Scand. orig. (cf. ODa. slab mud, Icel., Norw., Sw. slabb wet filth).

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slab1 flat, broad, and thick piece. XIII. of unkn. orig.