[slaw-ter] /ˈslɔ tər/
Frank, 1908–2001, U.S. novelist and physician.
the killing of animals, esp for food
the savage killing of a person
the indiscriminate or brutal killing of large numbers of people, as in war; massacre
(informal) a resounding defeat
to kill (animals), esp for food
to kill in a brutal manner
to kill indiscriminately or in large numbers
(informal) to defeat resoundingly
c.1300, “killing of a cattle or sheep for food, killing of a person,” from a Scandinavian *slahtr, akin to Old Norse slatr “a butchering, butcher meat,” slatra “to slaughter,” slattr “a mowing” from Proto-Germanic *slukhtis, related to Old Norse sla “to strike” (see slay (v.)) + formative suffix (cf. laugh/laughter). Meaning “killing of a large number of persons in battle” is attested from mid-14c. Old English had slieht “stroke, slaughter, murder, death; animals for slaughter;” cf. sliehtswyn “pig for killing.”
1530s, “butcher an animal for market,” from slaughter (n.). Meaning “slay wantonly, ruthlessly, or in great numbers” is from 1580s. Related: Slaughtered; slaughtering.
see: like a lamb to the slaughter
- Frank-starling curve
Frank-Starling curve (frängk’-) n. See Starling’s curve.
[frangks] /fræŋks/ noun 1. a mountain in NW Wyoming: highest peak in the Absaroka Range of the Rocky Mountains. 13,153 feet (4009 meters).
- Frank stella
[stel-uh] /ˈstɛl ə/ noun 1. Frank (Phillip) born 1936, U.S. painter. 2. Joseph, 1887–1946, U.S. painter, born in Italy. 3. a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “star.”. fem. proper name, from Latin stella “star” (see star (n.)). stella stel·la (stěl’ə) n. pl. stel·lae (stěl’ē) A star or star-shaped figure.
- Frank whittle
[hwit-l, wit-l] /ˈʰwɪt l, ˈwɪt l/ noun 1. Sir Frank, 1907–96, English engineer and inventor. /ˈwɪtəl/ verb 1. to cut or shave strips or pieces from (wood, a stick, etc), esp with a knife 2. (transitive) to make or shape by paring or shaving 3. (transitive; often foll by away, down, off, etc) to reduce, […]