slew

Of all the many nouns referring to a large group of things, one of the most fun is slew, as in "I saw a whole slew of birds in the tree by the river."

American English is constantly evolving, its richness coming from the many languages feeding into it. The noun slew, for instance, is from the Irish Gaelic sluagh, meaning "multitude." As an unrelated verb, it's the past tense of slay.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: slew

1
n
(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
2
v
move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: slew
1

n (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

“a slew of journalists”
Synonyms:
batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad
Types:
deluge, flood, inundation, torrent
an overwhelming number or amount
haymow
a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
Type of:
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
2

v move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner

Synonyms:
skid, slide, slip, slue
Types:
submarine
move forward or under in a sliding motion
skid
slide without control
side-slip
slide sideways through the air in a downward direction in an airplane along an inclined lateral axis
Type of:
glide
move smoothly and effortlessly

v turn sharply; change direction abruptly

Synonyms:
curve, cut, sheer, slue, swerve, trend, veer
Types:
peel off
leave a formation
yaw
swerve off course momentarily
Type of:
turn
change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
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