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 for slate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Slate \Slate\ (sl[=a]t), n. [OE. slat, sclat, OF. esclat a
     shiver, splinter, F. ['e]clat, fr. OF. esclater to shiver, to
     chip, F. ['e]clater, fr. OHG. sleizen to tear, slit, split,
     fr. sl[imac]zan to slit, G. schleissen. See Slit, v. t.,
     and cf. Eclat.]
     1. (Min.) An argillaceous rock which readily splits into thin
        plates; argillite; argillaceous schist.
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     2. Any rock or stone having a slaty structure.
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     3. A prepared piece of such stone. Especially:
        (a) A thin, flat piece, for roofing or covering houses,
        (b) A tablet for writing upon.
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     4. An artificial material, resembling slate, and used for the
        above purposes.
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     5. A thin plate of any material; a flake. [Obs.]
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     6. (Politics) A list of candidates, prepared for nomination
        or for election; a list of candidates, or a programme of
        action, devised beforehand. [Cant, U.S.] --Bartlett.
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     Adhesive slate (Min.), a kind of slate of a greenish gray
        color, which absorbs water rapidly, and adheres to the
        tongue; whence the name.
     Aluminous slate, or Alum slate (Min.), a kind of slate
        containing sulphate of alumina, -- used in the manufacture
        of alum.
     Bituminous slate (Min.), a soft species of sectile clay
        slate, impregnated with bitumen.
     Hornblende slate (Min.), a slaty rock, consisting
        essentially of hornblende and feldspar, useful for
        flagging on account of its toughness.
     Slate ax or Slate axe, a mattock with an ax end, used in
        shaping slates for roofs, and making holes in them for the
     Slate clay (Geol.), an indurated clay, forming one of the
        alternating beds of the coal measures, consisting of an
        infusible compound of alumina and silica, and often used
        for making fire bricks. --Tomlinson.
     Slate globe, a globe the surface of which is made of an
        artificial slatelike material.
     Slate pencil, a pencil of slate, or of soapstone, used for
        writing on a slate.
     Slate rocks (Min.), rocks which split into thin laminae,
        not necessarily parallel to the stratification; foliated
     Slate spar (Min.), a variety of calcite of silvery white
        luster and of a slaty structure.
     Transparent slate, a plate of translucent material, as
        ground glass, upon which a copy of a picture, placed
        beneath it, can be made by tracing.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Slate \Slate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Slated; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To cover with slate, or with a substance resembling slate;
        as, to slate a roof; to slate a globe.
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     2. To register (as on a slate and subject to revision), for
        an appointment. [Polit. Cant]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Slate \Slate\, v. t. [Cf. AS. sl[=ae]ting a privilege of
     To set a dog upon; to bait; to slat. See 2d Slat, 3. [Prov.
     Eng. & Scot.] [Written also slete.] --Ray.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: (formerly) a writing tablet made of slate
      2: thin layers of rock used for roofing [syn: slate,
      3: a fine-grained metamorphic rock that can be split into thin
      4: a list of candidates nominated by a political party to run
         for election to public offices [syn: slate, ticket]
      v 1: designate or schedule; "He slated his talk for 9 AM"; "She
           was slated to be his successor"
      2: enter on a list or slate for an election; "He was slated for
         borough president"
      3: cover with slate; "slate the roof"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  70 Moby Thesaurus words for "slate":
     Australian ballot, Indiana ballot, Massachusetts ballot,
     absentee ballot, agenda, ballot, batting order, bill, bill of fare,
     blanket ballot, blister, blueprint, board, book, brick, budget,
     calendar, card, carte du jour, castigate, clapboard, crawl, docket,
     excoriate, face, glass, glaze, lambaste, lath, line up, lineup,
     list of agenda, long ballot, menu, nonpartisan ballot,
     office-block ballot, paper, party emblem, party-column ballot,
     plank, playbill, program, program of operation, programma,
     prospectus, protocol, proxy, revet, roster, sample ballot, scarify,
     scathe, schedule, score, scourge, shake, sheathe, shingle,
     short ballot, split ticket, stone, straight ticket, thatch, ticket,
     tile, veneer, wall in, wall up, wallpaper, weatherboard

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