1) In general a shallow valley, or an open space between wooded slopes, although the exact meaning often depends on the regional context.

It is used several times in the description of a boundary between Easingwold and Huby: 1617 westwarde downe a sladd unto an oke marked with a crosse ... to another oke ... nere unto long bridge, from thence as a slade leadeth unto another crosse in an oke. In the same sequence is a more puzzling reference: 1617 another plowgh furrow or slade leading to a crosse, Alne, although this may express a doubt whether the slade or the furrow marked the boundary.

places Easingwold Alne
dates 1617

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