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1. A narrow strip of metal or wood, as in a Venetian blind.
2. A movable auxiliary airfoil running along the leading edge of the wing of an airplane.
3. slats Slang The ribs.
tr.v. slat·ted, slat·ting, slats
To provide or make with slats: slatting the back of a chair.

[Middle English sclat, from Old French esclat, splinter, probably of Germanic origin.]
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But he ceased his yelping to listen to a new noise--a thunderous slatting of canvas accompanied by shouts and cries.
When I trotted, I rattled like a crate of dishes, and that annoyed me; and moreover I couldn't seem to stand that shield slatting and banging, now about my breast, now around my back; and if I dropped into a walk my joints creaked and screeched in that wearisome way that a wheelbarrow does, and as we didn't create any breeze at that gait, I was like to get fried in that stove; and besides, the quieter you went the heavier the iron set- tled down on you and the more and more tons you seemed to weigh every minute.
The yacht, completing the manoeuvre, headed into the wind with slatting canvas, and righted to an even keel.