1. Soft, moist earth or clay, having an adhesive quality; viscous mud. "As it [Nilus] ebbs, the seedsman Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain." (Shak)

2. Any mucilaginous substance; any substance of a dirty nature, that is moist, soft, and adhesive.

3. Bitumen. "Slime had they for mortar." (Gen. Xi. 3)

4. <chemical>

Mud containing metallic ore, obtained in the preparatory dressing.

5. <physiology> A mucuslike substance which exudes from the bodies of certain animals. Slime eel.

<zoology> See Hag. Slime pit, a pit for the collection of slime or bitumen.

Origin: OE. Slim, AS. Slim; akin to D. Slijm, G. Schleim, MHG. Slimen to make smooth, Icel. Slim slime, Dan. Sliim; cf. L. Limare to file, polish, levis smooth, Gr.; or cf. L. Limus mud.

(01 Mar 1998)

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