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Slave trade

Slave \Slave\ (sl[=a]v), n. [Cf. F. esclave, D. slaaf, Dan. slave, sclave, Sw. slaf, all fr. G. sklave, MHG. also slave, from the national name of the Slavonians, or Sclavonians (in LL. Slavi or Sclavi), who were frequently made slaves by the Germans. See Slav.]

  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?

  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. --Shak. Slave ant (Zo["o]l.), 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.

    1. A search after persons in order to reduce them to slavery.

    2. 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 trade

n. traffic in slaves

slave trade

n. traffic in slaves; especially in Black Africans transported to America in the 16th to 19th centuries [syn: slave traffic]

Usage examples of "slave trade".

Now, you've done research on slave ships and the original slave trade into the States.

He did so, and the money had added substantially to his profit, so now he began casually inquiring about the slave trade, and learned the basic principles: Fill your ship with any kind of trading goods, run to Africa, pick the slaves out of the barracoons, ferry them to Brazil, take rum and sugar to any commercial port--and repeat the process.

Although I doubted Davad Restart's loyalty, I never questioned the Vestrit family's allegiance to Bingtown, even if you have dabbled in the slave trade.

The increased tariffs are based on the Satrap protecting trade from pirates, but we all know it is the slave trade he cares most about.

Of simple things like their gardens and the weather, of things hard and personal like Ephron's and Nelyn's death, and of things that boded ill for them all, such as the current Satrap's debaucheries and the burgeoning slave trade that might or might not be related to his head tax on the sale of slaves.

My concern with the slave trade lies in quite another direction -- the same direction, I believe, as your own.

He went off to India for a while to seek his fortune, and later made enough money in the slave trade that he was able—.

Knife and Vargi prove to be with them, and they announce that the Kashyyyk slave trade is about to be reactivated.

He'd even heard rumors of a hideous slave trade in which healthy men were captured and sold for such purposes, their bodies auctioned off piece by piece as if they were mere swine to be divided into hams and chops and bacon.