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  Dictionary Definition of slate

slate [1]
noun, verb, slated, slating.

-- noun
1. a fine-grained rock formed by the compression of mudstone, that tends to split along parallel cleavage planes, usually at an angle to the planes of stratification.
2. a thin piece or plate of this rock or a similar material, used especially for roofing, or (when framed) for writing on.
3. a dull, dark bluish grey.
4. a tentative list of candidates, officers, etc., for acceptance by a nominating convention or the like.
-- verb (i)
5. to cover with or as with slate.
6. to write or set down for nomination or appointment; to appoint, schedule.
-- phrase
7. clean slate, a good record.
8. put on the slate, to record a debt, as on a slate; give credit for.
[ME sclate, from OF esclate (fem.). See SLAT ]