—n. 1. a fine-grained rock formed by the metamorphosis of clay, shale, etc., 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 esp. for roofing or as a writing surface.
3. a dull, dark bluish gray.
4. a list of candidates, officers, etc., to be considered for nomination, appointment, election, or the like.
5. clean slate, an unsullied record; a record marked by creditable conduct: to start over with a clean slate.
—v.t. 1. to cover with or as with slate.
2. to write or set down for nomination or appointment: the district leader slated for city judge. 3. to plan or designate (something) for a particular place and time; schedule: The premiere was slated for January. 4. to censure or criticize harshly or violently; scold.
5. to punish severely.
Pronunciation: (slāt),[key] —v.t.,slat•ed, slat•ing.Brit. to sic or set a dog on (a person or animal).