slab 1 (slăb)
1. A broad, flat, thick piece, as of stone or cheese.
2. A cliff or rock ledge that rises at a relatively low angle.
3. A flat poured concrete surface used as a foundation or base for construction.
4. A table on which a body is laid out in a morgue.
5. An outside piece cut from a log when squaring it for lumber.
6. Baseball The pitcher's rubber.
tr.v. slabbed, slab·bing, slabs
1. To make or shape into slabs or a slab.
2. To cover or pave with slabs.
3. To dress (a log) by cutting slabs.
4. Chiefly New England To ascend or descend (a steep slope) by an oblique path.
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