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A borough of southeast England, a residential and industrial suburb of London.
slough 1(slo͞o, slou) also slew (slo͞o)
1. A depression or hollow, usually filled with deep mud or mire.
2. also slue A swamp, marsh, bog, or pond, especially as part of a bayou, inlet, or backwater.
3. A state of deep despair or moral degradation.
[Middle English, from Old English slōh.]
1. The dead outer skin shed by a reptile or amphibian.
2. Medicine A layer or mass of dead tissue separated from surrounding living tissue, as in a wound, sore, or inflammation.
3. An outer layer or covering that is shed or removed.
v. sloughed, slough·ing, sloughs
1. To be cast off or shed; come off: "smooth fallen branches from which all bark has sloughed" (David M. Carroll).
2. To shed a slough: every time that a snake sloughs.
3. Medicine To separate from surrounding living tissue. Used of dead tissue.
1. To cast off or shed (skin or a covering): came inside and sloughed off his coat.
2. To discard or disregard as undesirable or unfavorable: sloughed off her misgivings.
Slang To work less intensely than is required or expected.
[Middle English slughe; akin to Middle High German slūch, sluoch , sloughed off snake skin (Modern German Schlauch, hose, tire tube).]
1. (Physical Geography) a hollow filled with mud; bog
2. (Physical Geography)
a. (in the prairies) a large hole where water collects or the water in such a hole
b. (in the northwest) a sluggish side channel of a river
c. (on the Pacific coast) a marshy saltwater inlet
3. despair or degradation
[Old English slōh; related to Middle High German sluoche ditch, Swedish slaga swamp]
1. (Biology) any outer covering that is shed, such as the dead outer layer of the skin of a snake, the cellular debris in a wound, etc
2. (Bridge) bridge Also: sluff a discarded card
3. (Biology) (often foll by off) to shed (a skin, etc) or (of a skin, etc) to be shed
4. (Bridge) bridge Also: sluff to discard (a card or cards)
[C13: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German slū husk, German Schlauch hose, Norwegian slō fleshy part of a horn]
1. (Placename) an industrial town in SE central England, in Slough unitary authority, Berkshire; food products, high-tech industries. Pop: 126 276 (2001)
2. (Placename) a unitary authority in SE central England, in Berkshire. Pop: 118 800 (2003 est). Area: 28 sq km (11 sq miles)
slough1(slaʊ for 1,2,4; slu for 3 )
1. an area of soft, muddy ground; swamp or swamplike region.
2. a hole full of mire, as in a road.
4. a condition of degradation or despair.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English slōh, c. Middle Low German slōch, Middle High German sluoche ditch]
1. the outer layer of the skin of a snake, which is cast off periodically.
2. a mass or layer of dead tissue separated from the surrounding or underlying tissue.
3. anything that is shed or cast off.
4. a discarded card.v.i.
5. to be shed or cast off, as the slough of a snake.
6. to cast off a slough.
7. to separate from the sound flesh, as a slough.
8. to discard a card or cards.v.t.
9. to dispose or get rid of; cast (often fol. by off): to slough off a bad habit.
10. to shed as or like a slough.
11. to discard (a card).
12. slough over, to treat as inconsequential.
[1250–1300; Middle English slughe, slouh skin of a snake, akin to Middle Low German slū, slō husk, shell, Middle High German slūch]
The dead outer skin shed by a reptile or an amphibian.
To shed an outer layer of skin.
Past participle: sloughed
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|Noun||1.||slough - necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass|
pathology - any deviation from a healthy or normal condition
cold gangrene, dry gangrene, mumification necrosis, mummification - (pathology) gangrene that develops in the presence of arterial obstruction and is characterized by dryness of the dead tissue and a dark brown color
clostridial myonecrosis, emphysematous gangrene, emphysematous phlegmon, gangrenous emphysema, gas gangrene, gas phlegmon, progressive emphysematous necrosis - (pathology) a deadly form of gangrene usually caused by clostridium bacteria that produce toxins that cause tissue death; can be used as a bioweapon
|2.||slough - a hollow filled with mud|
|3.||slough - a stagnant swamp (especially as part of a bayou)|
|4.||slough - any outer covering that can be shed or cast off (such as the cast-off skin of a snake)|
|Verb||1.||slough - cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers; "our dog sheds every Spring"|
slough2 [slaʊ] N (= swamp) → fangal m, cenagal m (fig) → abismo m
the slough of despond → el abatimiento más profundo, el abismo de la desesperación
n. esfacelo, masa de tejido muerto que se ha desprendido de un tejido vivo.