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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SLAB

But this slab of black basalt was different from anything that had ever been discovered.

Then I come on a slab of gray stone upstanding about fifteen feet.

The slab moved upward an inch or two, grating in its rough grooves.

Steenie stood smiling and undecided on the slab in front of the doorstep.

Taking up a Bondon, she turned it round, and put it down on the slab again.

He called his slab of rock Martha, after no girl he had ever known.

"Gi'e him a slab ower the lug," shouted the miller from the road.

Stan jabbed a slab of wood into the stove and slammed the door.

The chill air of the night seemed to lie on my limbs as heavy as a slab of marble.

But why does the slab which bears the holy relics alone sweat?

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., "large, flat mass," of unknown origin, possibly related to Old French escopel, escalpe "thin fragment of wood," which according to Klein is possibly a Gaulish word (cf. Breton scolp, Welsh ysgolp "splinter, chip"). But OED rejects this on formal grounds. Meaning "rectangular block of pre-cast concrete used in building" is from 1927. Slab-sided is "having flat sides like slabs," hence "tall and lank" (1817, American English).

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