From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsliceslice1 /slaɪs/ ●●● S3 noun [countable] 1 DFPIECEa 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.► see thesaurus at piece2 PARTa part or share of somethingslice of Everybody wants a slice of the profits.3 → fish slice4 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 lifeCOLLOCATIONSadjectivesa thin sliceServe it with thin slices of bread and butter.a thick sliceCut the aubergine into thick slices.a large/big sliceHe was eating a large slice of chocolate cake.a small sliceShe politely accepted a small slice of pie.a generous slice (=thick or big)He cut Donald a generous slice of ham.verbscut a sliceHe cut another slice of bread.cut something into slicesCut the orange into thin slices.
Examples from the Corpusslice• Spread the bread with the ginger and roll each slice up into a roll.• Place four slices of pear on top, then cover each one with a slice of cheese.• The beef was carved into slices so thin you could almost see through them.• Mitchell squirmed; blades of fever took short looping slices at his nervous system.• ''Would you like some more toast?'' ''Just one more slice, please.''• To serve, set several orange slices alongside a slice of chocolate cake.• I admired the thick slices of plum cake arranged on the plate.• Cut the roast into thin slices.• Traditionally, this cooling requirement has been accomplished using slices of solid carbon dioxide, better known as dry ice.• Up ahead, the lights and sounds of the road were a thin vertical slice of freedom.• Line 9-inch pie pan with 1 / 2 dough and arrange yam slices on it.Cut ... into slices• Cut whole lemons into slices, open-freeze on trays, then pack into polythene bags.• Pare fine strips of rind from the remaining lemons, and cut each lemon into slices.• Unmould the stuffing, cut it into slices and serve with the duck.• The lettuce was cut up into slices and had a mustard with small teeth inside it.sliceslice2 ●●○ verb 1 [transitive] (also slice up)DCUT to 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 ham► see thesaurus at cut2 [intransitive, transitive always + adverb/preposition]CUT 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 something in two/half Slice the eggs in two and arrange them on a serving dish.3 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]FAST/QUICK to move quickly and easily through something such as water or airslice through/into The boat was slicing through the sparkling waves.4 [transitive]DS 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 it → slice something ↔ off→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusslice• Allow the bread to cool for at least 45 minutes before slicing.• The bullets sliced the dummy in half.• One false feint to the groin, then up and round in a semi-arc to slice the enemy between helmet and hauberk.• The scalpel sliced the material more smoothly than butter.• Wash and slice the mushrooms.• Just before you toast the bread, halve, core and thinly slice the pear.• Slice the tomatoes about ¼ inch thick.• To serve, slice thinly and serve with cornichons and chutney.• We were up on the interstate again, slicing through the Louisiana countryside.• Rut the Europa took it in its stride, sucking itself to the tarmac and slicing through.slice something in two/half• The bullets sliced the dummy in half.• You are slicing the lemon in half.• Or some proctor who can slice some one in two without caring.slice through/into• He recognized each draught of icy air slicing through cracks in doors made invisible by crowding shadows.• Jets sliced through the air high above the Gulf.• Laser fire began to slice through the crippled purestrain.• We were up on the interstate again, slicing through the Louisiana countryside.• You slice through the work force like a hot knife through butter.• Cut the slices into three pieces.• St Paul was struck by his vision on the road that passed the small saw-mills, whining blades slicing through timber.• At the printing stage the four slightly different images are optically sliced into vertical lines.• Cool 10 to 15 minutes, then slice into wedges and serve.sliced ... shot• His shirt-tails flapping in the breeze, he faced the green at an angle of forty-five degrees and sliced every shot.• It's clearly destructive to your game if your attempt to gain distance instead results in sliced and topped shots.From Longman Business Dictionarysliceslice /slaɪs/ noun [countable] a part or share of somethingslice ofSales reps will get a slice of any catalogue sales to customers in their area.Origin slice1 (1400-1500) Old French esclice “thin piece broken off”, from esclicier “to splinter”