one who is the property of another and who must obey him or her:The Emancipation Proclamation freed only the slaves in the South and not the slaves in the border states.
one under the control or influence of another person or power:a slave to his desires.
Mechanical Engineeringa mechanism under control of and repeating the actions of a similar mechanism.
to work like a slave:[no object; often: ~ + away (+ at + object);often: ~ (+ away) + over + object]He slaved away all last night (at fixing the kitchen cabinets). I slaved over the hot stove to prepare the meal.
Anthropology, Language Varietiesa member of a group of Athabaskan-speaking North American Indians living in the upper Mackenzie River valley region of the Northwest Territories and in parts of British Columbia, Alberta, and the Yukon Territory.
a person legally owned by another and having no freedom of action or right to property
a person who is forced to work for another against his will
a person under the domination of another person or some habit or influence
a person who works in harsh conditions for low pay
a device that is controlled by or that duplicates the action of another similar device (the master device)
(intransitive) often followed byaway: to work like a slave
Etymology: 13th Century: via Old French from Medieval Latin Sclāvus a Slav, one held in bondage (from the fact that the Slavonic races were frequently conquered in the Middle Ages), from Late Greek Sklabos a Slav