Slaty cleavage(Min.), cleavage, as of rocks, into thin leaves or plates, like those of slate; — applied especially to those cases in which the planes of cleavage are not parallel to the planes of stratification. It is now believed to be caused by the compression which the strata have undergone.Slaty gneiss (Min.), a variety of gneiss in which the scales of mica or crystals of hornblende, which are usually minute, form thin laminæ, rendering the rock easily cleavable.

(Slaugh"ter) n. [OE. slautir, slaughter, slaghter, Icel. slatr slain flesh, modified by OE. slaught, slaht, slaughter, fr. AS. sleaht a stroke, blow; both from the root of E. slay. See Slay, v. t., and cf. Onslaught.] The act of killing. Specifically: (a) The extensive, violent, bloody, or wanton destruction of life; carnage.

On war and mutual slaughter bent.

(b) The act of killing cattle or other beasts for market.

Syn. — Carnage; massacre; butchery; murder; havoc.

(Slaugh"ter), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Slaughtered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Slaughtering.]

1. To visit with great destruction of life; to kill; to slay in battle.

Your castle is surprised; your wife and babes
Savagely slaughtered.

2. To butcher; to kill for the market, as beasts.

(Slaugh"ter*er) n. One who slaughters.

(Slaugh"ter*house`) n. A house where beasts are butchered for the market.

(Slaugh"ter*man) n.; pl. Slaughtermen One employed in slaughtering. Shak.

(Slaugh"ter*ous) a. Destructive; murderous. Shak. M. Arnold.Slaugh"ter*ous*ly, adv.

(Slav) n.;pl. Slavs [A word originally meaning, intelligible, and used to contrast the people so called with foreigners who spoke languages unintelligible to the Slavs; akin to OSlav. slovo a word, slava fame, Skr. çru to hear. Cf. Loud.] (Ethnol.) One of a race of people occupying a large part of Eastern and Northern Europe, including the Russians, Bulgarians, Roumanians, Servo-Croats, Slovenes, Poles, Czechs, Wends or Sorbs, Slovaks, etc. [Written also Slave, and Sclav.]

(Slave) n. See Slav.

(Slave) n. [Cf. F. esclave, D. slaaf, Dan. slave, sclave, Sw. slaf, all fr. G. sklave, MHG. also slave, from the national name of the Slavonians, or Sclavonians (in LL. Slavi or Sclavi), who were frequently made slaves by the Germans. See Slav.]

(Slat"ting), n. The violent shaking or flapping of anything hanging loose in the wind, as of a sail, when being hauled down.

(Slat"y) a. [From Slate.] 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.

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