Definition of slough :
1. A place of deep mud or mire; a hole full of mire.
2. A wet place; a swale; a side channel or inlet from a river.
3. imp. of Slee, to slay. Slew.
5. The dead mass separating from a foul sore; the dead part which separates from the living tissue in mortification.
6. The skin, commonly the cast- off skin, of a serpent or of some similar animal.
7. To cast off; to discard as refuse.
8. To form a slough; to separate in the form of dead matter from the living tissues; - often used with off, or away; as, a sloughing ulcer; the dead tissues slough off slowly.
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- The Bristol road once left, his theory was at fault; he had no clue, and felt, where time was life and more than life, the slough of horrible conjecture rise to his very lips. - "The Castle Inn", Stanley John Weyman.
- It is hard to rescue a man from the slough of luxury and idleness combined. - "Ayala's Angel", Anthony Trollope.
- Other lines began to slough off from the column, swinging east and west, and the crackling became continuous. - "The King in Yellow", Robert W. Chambers.