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Slew appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Lucid Lou slued loose the sluice that slew the slough.

Slew appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Ye slew Wesley.
  • Crates are vowels I slew over a set arc.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun slew:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb slew:

Video footage: CIRCA 1960s -A slew of people walking through a busy sidewalk.
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Definition of the noun slew

What does slew mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: slews

  1. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

Alternative definition of the noun slew


  1. [US] A large number.
  2. The act, or process of slaying.
  3. A device used for slaying.
  4. A change of position.

Definition of the verb slew

What does slew mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: slewed | slewing | slews

  1. turn sharply; change direction abruptly
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of slew: curve / cut / sheer / slue / swerve / trend / veer
    • more generic word: turn = change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
    • more specific terms:
      • peel off = leave a formation
      • yaw = swerve off course momentarily
  2. move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of slew: skid / slide / slip / slue
    • more generic word: glide = move smoothly and effortlessly
    • more specific words:
      • submarine = move forward or under in a sliding motion
      • skid = slide without control
      • side-slip = slide sideways through the air in a downward direction in an airplane along an inclined lateral axis

Alternative definition of the verb slew


  1. [transitive, nautical] To rotate or turn something about its axis.
  2. [transitive] To veer a vehicle.
  3. [transitive] To insert extra ticks or skip some ticks of a clock to slowly correct its time.
  4. [intransitive] To pivot.
  5. [intransitive] To skid.
  6. [transitive, rail transport] to move something (usually a railway line) sideways
  7. [transitive, British, slang] To make a public mockery of someone through insult or wit.
  8. simple past of slay


Slew a.k.a. The Slew is a multinational electronic music project, consisting of Canadian DJ Kid Koala, American Dynomite D, and Australian rock musicians Chris Ross and Myles Heskett, formerly of the band Wolfmother.


"Slew" is a musical album of Thomas Dimuzio.

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Slew and slewing are a terms which can refer to a spacecraft's orientation or movement in reference to a plane or fixed position such as Earth, the Sun, another celestial body or other point in space.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Slew

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Google previewMathematical Sorcery (2014)

Revealing the Secrets of Numbers by Calvin C. Clawson

Seattle Slew is a horse All horses are mammals Seattle Slew is a mammal The above argument is valid. The lack of valid proofs sometimes characterizes the mathematics of amateurs, who do not realize the importance that proofs play in the ...

Google previewAtmospheric and Space Flight Dynamics (2007)

Modeling and Simulation with MATLAB® and Simulink® by Ashish Tewari

In a spin maneuver, the objective is to achieve a given angular velocity in the steady state, while the rest-to-rest slew refers to bringing the spacecraft to a desired rest attitude from another rest attitude. Clearly, the spin maneuver can be easily ...

Google previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable (2014)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Irish Slew is a dish never seen in Ire: land. Japan Lacquer contains no lac at all, but is made from the resin of a kind of nut-tree called Anacardiaceae. Jemmlem Artichoke has no connection with Jerusalem, but with the sunflower, girasole, ...

Google previewThe Informatics Handbook (2012)

A guide to multimedia communications and broadcasting by S.A. Fist

Slew is a TV term which means to arc around a subject with a pedestal or sometimes with a crane. Often it just means to shift the camera sideways a little. Crab can mean the same thing. —Pedestal up/down is a TV studio term. The film ...

Google previewHarrap's essential English Dictionary (1996)

Slew /slu:/ verb Slew is the past tense of slay. Slice /slais/ noun; verb o- noun: slices 1 A slice is a thin broad piece cut off something larger: two slices of toast □ thin slices of cold roast beef. 2 (informal) You can also refer to a share or part of ...

Google previewRobert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English (2011)

A Compendium of Mistakes in Grammar, Usage, and Spelling with Commentary on Lexicographers and Linguists by Robert Hartwell Fiske

UsE slew. ° A highlight in today's vampire-obsessed age might be the ...

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Philly Slew

Mounted by Rafael Bejarano, Philly Slew prepares to race. As the name suggests, this horse's grandfather was Seattle Slew.

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I got to do a whole slew of TV movies playing the bad guy, including an episode of Smallville. That would never have happened if I hadn't done the Stand. (Corin Nemec)
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Scrabble value of S1L1E1W4

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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