slug
Pronunciation Noun

slug (plural slugs)

  1. Any of many terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks, having no (or only a rudimentary) shell. [from early 18th c.]
  2. (obsolete) A slow, lazy person; a sluggard. [from early 15th c.]
    • c. 1594, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act IV Scene v:
      Why, lamb! Why, lady! Fie, you slug-a-bed.
  3. A bullet (projectile). [from 1620s]
    • 1743, Robert Drury (sailor), The Pleasant, and Surprizing Adventures of Mr. Robert Drury, during his Fifteen Years Captivity on the Island of Madagascar, London, p. 55,
      […] all our Ammunition was spent. Those of us who had Money made Slugs of it; their next Shift was to take the middle Screws out of their Guns, and charge their Pieces with them.
  4. A solid block or piece of roughly shaped metal.
  5. A counterfeit coin, especially one used to steal from vending machines. [from 1880s]
  6. A shot of a drink, usually alcoholic. [from 1750s]
  7. (journalism) A title, name or header, a catchline, a short phrase or title to indicate the content of a newspaper or magazine story for editing use. [from 1920s]
  8. (physics, rarely used) the Imperial (English) unit of mass that accelerates by 1 foot per second squared (1 ft/s²) when a force of one pound-force (lbf) is exerted on it.
  9. A discrete mass of a material that moves as a unit, usually through another material.
  10. A motile pseudoplasmodium formed by amoebae working together.
  11. (railways) An accessory to a diesel-electric locomotive, used to increase adhesive weight and allow full power to be applied at a lower speed. It has trucks with traction motors but lacks a prime mover.
  12. (television editing) A black screen.
  13. (metal typesetting) A piece of type metal imprinted by a linotype machine; also a black mark placed in the margin to indicate an error; also said in application to typewriters; type slug.
  14. (regional) A stranger picked up as a passenger to enable legal use of high occupancy vehicle lanes.
  15. (US, slang, District of Columbia) A hitchhiking commuter.
  16. (web design) The last part of a clean URL, the displayed resource name, similar to a filename.
  17. (obsolete) A hindrance, an obstruction.
  18. A ship that sails slowly.
    • His rendezvous for his fleet, and for all slugs to come to, should be between Calais and Dover.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: сто́пка
Verb

slug (slugs, present participle slugging; past and past participle slugged)

  1. To drink quickly; to gulp; to down.
  2. To take part in casual carpooling; to form ad hoc, informal carpools for commuting, essentially a variation of ride-share commuting and hitchhiking.
  3. (intransitive, of a bullet) To become reduced in diameter, or changed in shape, by passing from a larger to a smaller part of the bore of the barrel.
  4. (obsolete, intransitive) To move slowly or sluggishly; to lie idle.
    • To slug in sloth and sensual delight.
  5. (transitive) To load with a slug or slugs.
    to slug a gun
  6. To make sluggish.
Noun

slug (plural slugs)

  1. A hard blow, usually with the fist. [from 1830s]
Verb

slug (slugs, present participle slugging; past and past participle slugged)

  1. (transitive) To hit very hard, usually with the fist.
    He insulted my mother, so I slugged him.
    The fighter slugged his opponent into unconsciousness.



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