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  1. A fine-grained metamorphic rock that splits into thin, smooth-surfaced layers.
    1. A piece of this rock cut for use as roofing or surfacing material or as a writing surface.
    2. A writing tablet made of a similar material.
  2. A record of past performance or activity: start over with a clean slate.
  3. A list of the candidates of a political party running for various offices.
  4. A dark or bluish gray to dark bluish or dark purplish gray.
  1. Made of a fine-grained metamorphic rock: a slate roof.
  2. Of the color slate.
slat·ed, slat·ing, slates
  1. To cover (a roof, for example) with slate.
  2. To put on a list of candidates.
  3. To schedule or designate: Our professor has slated the art history lecture for Thursday afternoon; was slated to direct the studio's next film.

Middle English sclate, from Old French esclate, splinter, feminine of esclat ; see slat

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