Slab vs Foundation - What's the difference?

slab | foundation |

As nouns the difference between slab and foundation

is that slab is (archaic) mud, sludge or slab can be (southern us|slang) a car that has been modified with equipment such as loudspeakers, lights, special paint, hydraulics, and any other accessories that add to the style of the vehicle while foundation is the act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.

As a verb slab

is to make something into a slab.

As an adjective slab

is thick; viscous.



(wikipedia slab)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) sclabbe, slabbe, of origin.


(en noun)
  • (archaic) Mud, sludge.
  • * 1664 , , Sylva, Or A Discourse of Forest Trees , Volume 1,
  • Some do also plant oziers in their eights, like quick-sets, thick, and (near the water) keep them not more than half a foot above ground; but then they must be diligently cleansed from moss, slab , and ouze, and frequently prun'd (especially the smaller spires) to form single shoots;.
  • A large, flat piece of solid material; a solid object that is large and flat.
  • * 1859 , John Lang, Botany Bay, or, True Tales of Early Australia , page 155,
  • There were no windows in the inn. They were not required, since the interstices between the slabs suffered the wind, the rain, and the light of day to penetrate simultaneously.
  • * 1913 , , 2008, page 14,
  • Then there was the Mexican who sold big slabs of chewing taffy for five cents each.
  • * 2010 , Ryan Humphreys, The Flirtations of Dan Harris , page 73,
  • “The pier? You mean those few sodden logs tied together and that dingy slab of rough concrete.”
  • A paving stone; a flagstone.
  • (Australia) A carton containing twenty-four cans of beer.
  • * 2001 , , Gallipoli , page 8,
  • The Australians murder a few slabs of beer and the New Zealanders murder a few vowels.
  • * 2008 , Diem Vo, Family Life , Alice Pung (editor), page 156,
  • However, unlike in Ramsay Street, there were never any cups of tea or bickies served. Instead, each family unit came armed with a slab of beer.
  • * 2010 , Holly Smith, Perth, Western Australia & the Outback , Hunter Publishing, unnumbered page,
  • Common 375-ml cans are called tinnies, and can be bought in 24-can slabs for discounted prices.
  • * 2009 , Ross Fitzgerald, Trevor Jordan, Under the Influence: A History of Alcohol in Australia , 2011, unnumbered page,
  • One essential part of the strategy for selling regionally identified beers beyond their borders was the selling of slabs — a package of four six-packs of stubbies or cans — for discounted prices interstate.
  • An outside piece taken from a log or timber when sawing it into boards, planks, etc.
  • A bird, the wryneck.
  • (nautical) The slack part of a sail.
  • (slang) A large, luxury pre-1980 General Motors vehicle, particularly a Buick, Oldsmobile or Cadillac.
  • (surfing) A very large wave.
  • * 2009 , Bruce Boal, The Surfing Yearbook , SurfersVillage, page 31,
  • After being towed into a massive slab , Dorian dropped down the face and caught a rail, putting him in a near-impossible situation.
  • * 2011 , Douglas Booth, Surfing: The Ultimate Guide , page 95,
  • In August 2000 he successfully rode a slab of unfathomable power at Teahupo?o.
  • (computing) A sequence of 12 adjacent bits, serving as a byte in some computers.
  • Derived terms
    * slab hut * slab on grade


  • To make something into a slab.
  • Etymology 2

    Compare Gaelic & Irish (slaib), mud, mire left on a river strand, and English .


    (en adjective)
  • thick; viscous
  • * Shakespeare
  • Make the gruel thick and slab .
    (Webster 1913)

    Etymology 3

    Acronym of Slow]], Loud And [[banging, Bangin'.


    (en noun)
  • (Southern US, slang) A car that has been modified with equipment such as loudspeakers, lights, special paint, hydraulics, and any other accessories that add to the style of the vehicle.
  • Slim thug - wood grain wheel - You ain't riding slab if them ain't swangas on ya ride.
  • * 2005 , :
  • Pull me over, try to check my slab
  • * 2006 , :
  • I'mma swang, I'mma swing my slab lean to the left
  • * 2012 , Bobby Austin, By All Mean$ , AuthorHouse (2012), ISBN 9781468542943, page 56:
  • All three of them recognized who the Lexus'(sic) belonged to so he parked his slab and they cocked their guns.
    Usage notes
    This term been popularized through the southern rap genre of hip-hop, most notably by rappers such as Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Lil' Keke, and others.


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    (en noun)
  • The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.
  • That upon which anything is founded; that on which anything stands, and by which it is supported; the lowest and supporting layer of a superstructure; groundwork; basis; underbuilding.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The attack of the MOOCs , passage=Since the launch early last year of […] two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses, the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations . University brands built in some cases over centuries have been forced to contemplate the possibility that information technology will rapidly make their existing business model obsolete.}}
  • (card games) In solitaire or patience games, one of the piles of cards that the player attempts to build, usually holding all cards of a suit in ascending order.
  • (architecture) The lowest and supporting part or member of a wall, including the base course and footing courses; in a frame house, the whole substructure of masonry.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=May 20, author=Nathan Rabin, work=The Onion AV Club
  • , title= TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Marge Gets A Job” (season 4, episode 7; originally aired 11/05/1992) , passage=“Marge Gets A Job” opens with the foundation of the Simpson house tilting perilously to one side, making the family homestead look like the suburban equivalent of the Leaning Tower Of Pisa. }}
  • A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment.
  • That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity.
  • (cosmetics) Cosmetic cream roughly skin-colored, designed to make the face appear uniform in color and texture.
  • A basis for social bodies or intellectual disciplines.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Boundary problems , passage=Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too.

    Derived terms

    * foundation stone


    *(act of founding) establishment *groundwall


    *(act of founding) abolition, dissolution, ruination