- slice1 [slaıs] n[Date: 1400-1500; : Old French; Origin: esclice 'thin piece broken off', from esclicier 'to splinter']1.) a thin flat piece of food cut from a larger pieceslice of▪ a slice of bread▪ pizza slicesthin/thick slice▪ a thin slice of ham▪ Cut the tomatoes into slices .2.) a part or share of somethingslice of▪ Everybody wants a slice of the profits.3.) fish sliceBrE a kitchen tool used for lifting and serving pieces of foodAmerican Equivalent: spatula4.) a way of hitting the ball in sports such as tennis or golf, that makes the ball go to one side with a spinning movement, rather than straight ahead5.) a slice of lifea film, play, or book which shows life as it really isslice 2slice2 v1.) [T] also slice upto cut meat, bread, vegetables etc into thin flat pieces→↑chop▪ Thinly slice the cucumbers.▪ Slice up the onions and add them to the meat.▪ sliced ham2.) [I always + adverb/preposition]to cut something easily with one movement of a sharp knife or edgeslice into/through▪ The blade's so sharp it could slice through your finger.slice sth in two/half▪ Slice the eggs in two and arrange them on a serving dish.3.) [I always + adverb/preposition]to move quickly and easily through something such as water or airslice through/into▪ The boat was slicing through the sparkling waves.4.) [T]to hit a ball, for example in tennis or golf, so that it spins sideways instead of moving straight forward▪ With an open goal in front of him, Wiltord sliced his shot wide of the left post.5.) any way you slice itAmE spoken whatever way you choose to consider the situation▪ It's the truth, any way you slice it.slice off [slice sth<=>off] phr v1.) to remove part of something by cutting it with one movement of a sharp knife or edge= ↑cut off▪ His knife had slipped and sliced off the top of his finger.2.) to reduce a cost or total by a particular amount quickly and easilyslice sth off sth▪ By using volunteers we were able to slice £10,000 off the cost of the project.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.