a. A thin broad piece cut from a larger object: ate a slice of cheese; examined a slice of the diseased lung.
b. An often wedge-shaped piece cut from a larger, usually circular object: ordered a slice of pie; shared a slice of pizza.
2. A portion or share: a slice of the profits.
a. A knife with a broad, thin, flexible blade, used for cutting and serving food.
b. A similar implement for spreading printing ink.
a. The course of a ball that curves in the direction of the dominant hand of the player propelling it, as to the right of a right-handed player.
b. A stroke that causes a ball to follow such a course: a golfer with a bad slice.
c. A ball propelled on such a course.
d. A stroke, as in tennis, in which the ball is struck with a downward motion with the open face of the racket in order to impart backspin.
v. sliced, slic·ing, slic·es
1. To cut or divide into slices: slice a loaf of bread.
2. To cut from a larger piece: slice off a piece of salami.
3. To cut through or move through with an action like cutting: "where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire" (Robert Frost).
4. To divide into portions or shares; parcel out: "With mortgage securitisation, a pool of home loans is sliced into tranches bearing different degrees of risk" (David Shirreff).
5. To reduce or remove from a larger amount or entity: sliced 10 percent off the asking price.
6. Sports To hit (a ball) with a slice.
1. To make a cut with a cutting implement: I sliced into the cake.
2. To move like a knife: The destroyer sliced through the water.
3. Sports To hit a ball with a slice.
any way/no matter how you slice it
No matter how you look at it; no matter how it is analyzed.
[Middle English sclice, splinter, from Old French esclice, from esclicier, to splinter, of Germanic origin.]
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