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v. slashed, slash·ing, slash·es
a. To cut or form by cutting with forceful sweeping strokes: slash a path through the underbrush.
b. To make a gash or gashes in.
c. To cut a slit or slits in, especially so as to reveal an underlying color: slash a sleeve.
2. Sports To swing a stick at (an opponent) in ice hockey or lacrosse, in violation of the rules.
3. To criticize sharply: The reviewers slashed the composer's work.
4. Sports To hit or propel (a ball, for instance) forcefully in a straight line.
5. To reduce or curtail drastically: slash prices for a clearance sale.
1. To make forceful sweeping strokes with a sharp instrument.
2. To cut one's way with such strokes: We slashed through the dense jungle.
3. To make drastic reductions in something: slashing away at the budget.
a. A forceful sweeping stroke that is made with a sharp instrument.
b. A long cut or other opening made by such a stroke; a gash or slit.
c. A decorative slit in a fabric or garment.
2. A diagonal mark ( / ) that is used especially to separate alternatives, as in and/or, to represent the word per, as in miles/hour, to separate component parts of a URL, as in, and to indicate the ends of verse lines printed continuously, as in Old King Cole / Was a merry old soul. Also called virgule.
a. Branches and other residue left on a forest floor after the cutting of timber.
b. often slashes Wet or swampy ground overgrown with bushes and trees.
4. A genre of fanfic depicting romantic relationships between characters, usually of the same sex, that are not romantically connected in the original work or works upon which the fanfic is based.
conj. Informal
As well as; and. Used as a representation of the virgule (as in restaurant/art gallery or actor/director), often styled with hyphens in print: a restaurant slash art gallery; an actor-slash-director.

[Perhaps from obsolete French esclachier, to break, variant of esclater, from Old French, from esclat, splinter; see slat.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.slashed - patterned by having color applied with sweeping strokes; "brown iris...slashed with yellow"- Willa Cather
patterned - having patterns (especially colorful patterns)
2.slashed - having long and narrow ornamental cuts showing an underlying fabric; "a slashed doublet"; "slashed cuffs showing the scarlet lining"
cut - fashioned or shaped by cutting; "a well-cut suit"; "cut diamonds"; "cut velvet"
3.slashed - (used of rates or prices) reduced usually sharply; "the slashed prices attracted buyers"
decreased, reduced - made less in size or amount or degree
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These boots, an old foil, and a slashed doublet once used by an artist for some picture, were Jo's chief treasures and appeared on all occasions.
Henry Brattenburg, the butcher, who lived out that way, stopped him at the edge of the town and told him he was sure to meet the down train but Windpeter slashed at him with his whip and drove on.
Of the butchers and floorsmen, the beef-boners and trimmers, and all those who used knives, you could scarcely find a person who had the use of his thumb; time and time again the base of it had been slashed, till it was a mere lump of flesh against which the man pressed the knife to hold it.
They say they got it out of the Middle Ages - out of a book - and it is all red and blue and white silks and satins and velvets; tights, trunks, sword, doublet with slashed sleeves, short cape, cap with just one feather in it; I've heard them name these things; they got them out of the book; she's dressed like a page, of old times, they say.
And in the fights it was observable that these lads hacked and slashed with the same tremendous spirit, after they were covered with streaming wounds, which they had shown in the beginning.
Here, from the fading canvas, smiled Lady Elizabeth Devereux, in her gauze hood, pearl stomacher, and pink slashed sleeves.
But it was hard work, and Mowgli slashed and tore and grunted for an hour, while the wolves lolled out their tongues, or came forward and tugged as he ordered them.
He bestrode a fine white charger and was clad in a rich dark suit of slashed velvet with satin and gold facings.
They tore at each others' eyes and ears with their hands and with their gleaming tusks repeatedly slashed and gored until both were cut fairly to ribbons from head to foot.
For ten years he had been the butt of the village, beaten and stoned by the women and children, cut and slashed and disfigured by the warriors; a victim of often recurring fevers of the most malignant variety.
I slashed the horse with the whip, and gave him a loose rein until Woking and Send lay between us and that quivering tumult.
But at this sort of work, many doublets must be slashed and many swords broken.