Definitions for: Slave


[n] a person who is owned by someone
[n] someone who works as hard as a slave
[v] work very hard, like a slave



Webster (1913) Definition: Slave, n.
See Slav.


Slave, n. [Cf. F. esclave, D. slaaf, Dan. slave, sclave,
Sw. slaf, all fr. G. sklave, MHG. also slave, from the
national name of the Slavonians, or Sclavonians (in LL. Slavi
or Sclavi), who were frequently made slaves by the Germans.
See Slav.]
1. A person who is held in bondage to another; one who is
wholly subject to the will of another; one who is held as
a chattel; one who has no freedom of action, but whose
person and services are wholly under the control of
another.

thou our slave, Our captive, at the public mill our
drudge? --Milton.

2. One who has lost the power of resistance; one who
surrenders himself to any power whatever; as, a slave to
passion, to lust, to strong drink, to ambition.

3. A drudge; one who labors like a slave.

4. An abject person; a wretch. --Shak.

Slave ant (Zo["o]l.), any species of ants which is captured
and enslaved by another species, especially {Formica
fusca} of Europe and America, which is commonly enslaved
by Formica sanguinea.

Slave catcher, one who attempted to catch and bring back a
fugitive slave to his master.

Slave coast, part of the western coast of Africa to which
slaves were brought to be sold to foreigners.

Slave driver, one who superintends slaves at their work;
hence, figuratively, a cruel taskmaster.

Slave hunt.
(a) A search after persons in order to reduce them to
slavery. --Barth.
(b) A search after fugitive slaves, often conducted with
bloodhounds.

Slave ship, a vessel employed in the slave trade or used
for transporting slaves; a slaver.

Slave trade, the business of dealing in slaves, especially
of buying them for transportation from their homes to be
sold elsewhere.

Slave trader, one who traffics in slaves.

Syn: Bond servant; bondman; bondslave; captive; henchman;
vassal; dependent; drudge. See Serf.


Slave, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Slaved; p. pr. & vb. n.
Slaving.]
To drudge; to toil; to labor as a slave.


Slave, v. t.
To enslave. --Marston.

Synonyms: break one's back, buckle down, hard worker, knuckle down, striver

See Also: bond servant, bondmaid, bondman, bondsman, bondswoman, bondwoman, creature, Denmark Vesey, do work, Dred Scott, galley slave, human, individual, mortal, Nat Turner, person, puppet, Scott, somebody, someone, soul, tool, Turner, Vesey, work, worker

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