Definition of


  1. (noun, substance) the scum formed by oxidation at the surface of molten metals
  2. (verb, change) convert into slag

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Synonyms of Slag

dross, scoria

Alternate forms of Slag

Hyponyms: basic slag

Hypernyms: convert, scum

Origin of the word Slag

  1. 1552, from M.L.G. slagge (Ger. Schlacke) "splinter flying off when metal is struck," related to O.H.G. slahan "to strike, slay" (see slay). Verbal slang meaning "denigrate" is from 1971, from noun sense of "worthless person" (1788). more

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