Slav n.; pl. Slavs Ethnol. One of a race of people occupying a large part of Eastern and Northern Europe, including the Russians, Bulgarians, Roumanians, Servo-Croats, Slovenes, Poles, Czechs, Wends or Sorbs, Slovaks, etc. [Written also Slave, and Sclav.]
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.
Art 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.
Slave ant Zool., 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 n. See Slav.
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.
adj : held in servitude; "he was born of slave parents" [syn: slave(a)]
n 1: a person who is owned by someone
2: someone who works as hard as a slave [syn: striver, hard
3: someone entirely dominated by some influence or person; "a
slave to fashion"; "a slave to cocaine"; "his mother was
his abject slave"
v : work very hard, like a slave [syn: break one's back, buckle
down, knuckle down]
Jer. 2:14 (A.V.), but not there found in the original. In Rev.
18:13 the word "slaves" is the rendering of a Greek word meaning
"bodies." The Hebrew and Greek words for slave are usually
rendered simply "servant," "bondman," or "bondservant." Slavery
as it existed under the Mosaic law has no modern parallel. That
law did not originate but only regulated the already existing
custom of slavery (Ex. 21:20, 21, 26, 27; Lev. 25:44-46; Josh.
9:6-27). The gospel in its spirit and genius is hostile to
slavery in every form, which under its influence is gradually
disappearing from among men.