Definition of Slough

1. Noun. Necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass.

2. Verb. Cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers. "Our dog sheds every Spring"
Exact synonyms: Exuviate, Molt, Moult, Shed
Specialized synonyms: Desquamate, Peel Off
Generic synonyms: Cast, Cast Off, Drop, Shake Off, Shed, Throw, Throw Away, Throw Off
Derivative terms: Molt, Molter, Molting, Moult, Moulter, Moulting, Shedding, Sloughing

3. Noun. A hollow filled with mud.
Generic synonyms: Bog, Peat Bog
Derivative terms: Sloughy

4. Noun. A stagnant swamp (especially as part of a bayou).
Generic synonyms: Swamp, Swampland

5. Noun. Any outer covering that can be shed or cast off (such as the cast-off skin of a snake).
Generic synonyms: Cover, Covering, Natural Covering

Definition of Slough

1. a. Slow.

2. n. A place of deep mud or mire; a hole full of mire.

3. n. The skin, commonly the cast-off skin, of a serpent or of some similar animal.

4. v. i. To form a slough; to separate in the form of dead matter from the living tissues; -- often used with off, or away; as, a sloughing ulcer; the dead tissues slough off slowly.

5. v. t. To cast off; to discard as refuse.

Definition of Slough

1. Proper noun. A town in west London, close to Heathrow Airport ¹

2. Noun. The skin shed by a snake or other reptile. ¹

3. Noun. Dead skin on a sore or ulcer. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To shed (skin). ¹

5. Noun. (British) A muddy or marshy area. ¹

6. Noun. (qualifier Eastern North America) A type of swamp or shallow lake system, typically formed as or by the backwater of a larger waterway, similar to a bayou with trees. ¹

7. Noun. (qualifier Western North America) A secondary channel of a river delta, usually flushed by the tide. ¹

8. Noun. A state of depression. ¹

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Definition of Slough

1. to cast off [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Slough

1. A wet place of deep mud or mire, a sluggish channel, a swamp, bog, or marsh, especially one that is part of an inlet or backwater. (19 Jan 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Slough

slouch hat
slough (current term)
slough of despond
sloughing phagedena
sloughing ulcer

Literary usage of Slough

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1. The Pilgrim's Progress, from this World to that which is to Come by John Bunyan (1806)
"Christiana, Mercy, and the Children, pass the slough with safety, and are kindly received at the Wicket-gate, by Goodwill. NOW my old friend proceeded, ..."

2. London and Its Environs: Handbook for Travellers by Karl Baedeker (Firm) (1896)
"A pleasant ramble, through picturesque scenery, may be made from slough to (2 M.) ... ^Burnham Beeches, to the NW (omn. from slough in summer ^ fare is. 6d. ..."

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