(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.Milton.
(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 babesShak.
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,
(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.]