Meaning of slater in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsleɪtə/

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  • 1A person who slates roofs for a living.

    ‘Tony stared off in the building trade and quickly settled into work as a roof slater.’
    • ‘There Naismith worked, as best he could given his poor health, as a plasterer and slater.’
    • ‘Sangster, a retired slater, added: ‘The girl at the stonemason's yard was a bit taken aback when I told her the stone was for me.’’
    • ‘Once the ditches have disappeared, the rhythm of tiler and slater, no hand signals, will be translated into a bag of shadows inside a furnace.’
    • ‘Gavin's father, Sinclair Innes, a local slater and builder, confirmed that his son was playing with another youngster when the accident happened.’
    • ‘Mum was a cook, while Dad was a slater.’
    • ‘A slater from Skipton was tried at the town hall on a charge of wilful damage to a confectionery stall.’
    • ‘He helped Percy evade the Germans, and in no time had landed him a job as a slater, working near Calais.’
  • 2A woodlouse or similar isopod crustacean.

    Several species in the order Isopoda. See also
    sea slater

    ‘A few Crustacea (slaters or sow bugs) even live on land, usually under old logs and leaf litter.’
    • ‘I could also see large marine isopods, looking like giant marine slaters, and some flower-like sea lilies (crinoids, a group of echinoderms related to starfishes).’
    • ‘Visitors have viewed many types of spiders, beetles and slaters under bright lights and microscopes.’
    • ‘The animal at the left is an Australian Slater, or terrestrial isopod from Lord Howe Island.’
    • ‘The sea slater Ligia oceanica is another relative of the woodlouse, it lives in the splash zone on rocky shores and can grow surprisingly large, about 2.5 cm.’