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slate (n.)

mid-14c., from Old French esclate, fem. of esclat "split piece, splinter" (Modern French éclat; see slat), so called because the rock splits easily into thin plates. As an adjective, 1510s. As a color, first recorded 1813. Sense of "a writing tablet" (made of slate), first recorded late 14c., led to that of "list of preliminary candidates prepared by party managers," first recorded 1842, from notion of being easily altered or erased. Clean slate (1856) is an image from customer accounts chalked up in a tavern.

slate (v.)

1520s, "to cover with slates" (earlier sclatten, late 15c.), from slate (n.). Meaning "propose, schedule" is from 1883; earlier "to nominate" (1804); the notion is of writing on a slate board. Related: Slated; slating.

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Definitions of slate from WordNet
1
slate (n.)
(formerly) a writing tablet made of slate;
slate (n.)
thin layers of rock used for roofing;
Synonyms: slating
slate (n.)
a fine-grained metamorphic rock that can be split into thin layers;
slate (n.)
a list of candidates nominated by a political party to run for election to public offices;
Synonyms: ticket
2
slate (v.)
designate or schedule;
She was slated to be his successor
He slated his talk for 9 AM
slate (v.)
enter on a list or slate for an election;
He was slated for borough president
slate (v.)
cover with slate;
slate the roof
From wordnet.princeton.edu