‘Slab‘ is the word of the day for 31st August 2020. A slab is a piece of something that is most frequently in a shape where the length and width significantly exceed the height. However, quantitative definitions that specify dimension (size) characteristics for a slab, vs any other word for a piece of something (such as a ‘block’), are rarely stated.
What is the Meaning of Slab?
In the Cambridge Dictionary, the word slab is defined as ‘a thick, flat piece of something, especially stone‘.
The Cambridge Dictionary uses the word ‘flat’ to emphasize that the height is much less than the width and length.
The word slab, when used to name something that is a particular shape, is a noun.
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Although the word slab is often associated with stone, or a composite stone-like material, it can be used to describe flat pieces of other materials.
When used for stone and stone-like products, the word slab can be used to describe several objects, which are discussed below.
A paving slab (a rectangular, flat piece of strong concrete that is used as part of paving). This may be on a roadside pavement or a patio.
A stone slab can be a cut piece of stone that is used for paving (similar to the above example) or as a floor in a building that uses stone as the main floor material. These can sometimes be used in several stories (levels) of a building.
Stone slabs may also be used as walls. In areas where stone is in abundance, stone slabs lay vertically can form very efficient walls to create field and property boundaries.
As well as masonry links, the word slab can refer to other materials and products. For example, a slab of chocolate or a slab of toffee. Much tastier than stone! 😉
Hopefully, this post about the noun ‘slab’ has helped you to understand the meaning of the word slab.
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