General English

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  • noun a section or piece of something


  • noun a batting stroke in which the bat is swung across the line of flight of the ball with the face at a sharp angle, often resulting in a dangerously high trajectory as the ball flies off the bat, usually into (or over) the area between point and slip; the stroke may be played deliberately, as a rather risky form of cut, but it is just as likely to be the result of a more orthodox shot that has been mistimed; the term is borrowed from the vocabulary of golf, where it has a much longer history
  • verb to hit the ball with a slice
    Citation ‘He had only one rampant phase, when swinging Snedden over square leg for six, slicing Martin Crowe high over the slips, and pulling both for four more’ (Scyld Berry, Observer 22 January 1984)
    Citation ‘But Botham was unable to capitalise, caught in the gully off a searing sliced drive’ (Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Cricketer September 1984)
    Citation ‘Smith reached his second hundred in successive Tests before slicing a ball from Gayle to extra cover’ (Telford Vice, Wisden 2006)
  • verb (of the ball) to fly uppishly off the angled face of the bat
    Citation ‘He is not the type of cricketer who guffaws when his cover drive slices over third slip for four’ (Vic Marks on Chris Tavaré, Cricketer December 1982)


  • A thin and broad piece cut from a larger object, such as a slab. Also, to cut or divide into such a slice.
  • A slice (1) of a semiconductor material which serves as a substrate for fabrication processes such as masking and etching. Also, to create such slices. Also called wafer, or semiconductor wafer.
  • synonymsemiconductor wafer


  • verb to cut something into slices


  • noun a thin flat piece of tissue which has been cut off


  • noun an adjustable meter to control the flow of the pulp onto the wet end of the paper machine


  • verb to harass, oppress, criticise. A piece of adolescent and teenage slang of the early 1990s, almost always referring to parents or teachers.


  • noun a stroke in which a ball is hit off-centre on the side nearest the player, so that it follows a curving path away from the player
  • verb to hit a ball off-centre so that it follows a curving path, whether intentionally or as a result of a bad swing or stroke

Origin & History of “slice”

Slice comes from Old French esclice ‘splinter’, a derivative of the verb esclicier ‘reduce to splinters, shatter’. This in turn was acquired from Frankish *slītjan, a descendant of prehistoric Germanic *slītan ‘slit’ (source of English slit and possibly of slat and slate). English originally took over the word’s French meaning, but this had died out by the end of the 16th century. The modern sense ‘piece cut from something’ is first recorded in the early 15th century.