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slack

8 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slack \Slack\, noun [Cf. {Slag}.] Small coal; also, coal dust; culm. --Raymond.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slack \Slack\, noun [Icel. slakki a slope on a mountain edge.] A valley, or small, shallow dell. [Prov. Eng.] --Grose.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slack \Slack\, adjective [Compar. {Slacker}; superl. {Slackest}.] [OE. slak, AS. sleac; akin to OS. slak, OHG. slah, Prov. G. schlack, Icel. slakr, Sw. slak; cf. Skr. s[.r]j to let loose, to throw. Cf. {Slake}.] Lax; not tense; not hard drawn; not firmly extended; as, a slack rope.

2. Weak; not holding fast; as, a slack hand. --Milton.

3. Remiss; backward; not using due diligence or care; not earnest or eager; as, slack in duty or service.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness. --2 Pet. iii. 9.

4. Not violent, rapid, or pressing; slow; moderate; easy; as, business is slack. "With slack pace." --Chaucer.

C?sar . . . about sunset, hoisting sail with a slack southwest, at midnight was becalmed. --Milton.

{Slack in stays} (Naut.), slow in going about, as a ship.

{Slack water}, the time when the tide runs slowly, or the water is at rest; or the interval between the flux and reflux of the tide.

{Slack-water navigation}, navigation in a stream the depth of which has been increased, and the current diminished, by a dam or dams.

Syn: Loose; relaxed; weak; remiss; backward; abated; diminished; inactive; slow; tardy; dull.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slack \Slack\, Slacken \Slack"en\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Slacked}, {Slackened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slacking}, {Slackening}.] [See {Slack}, adjective]

1. To become slack; to be made less tense, firm, or rigid; to decrease in tension; as, a wet cord slackens in dry weather.

2. To be remiss or backward; to be negligent.

3. To lose cohesion or solidity by a chemical combination with water; to slake; as, lime slacks.

4. To abate; to become less violent.

Whence these raging fires Will slacken, if his breath stir not their flames. --Milton.

5. To lose rapidity; to become more slow; as, a current of water slackens.

6. To languish; to fail; to flag.

7. To end; to cease; to desist; to slake. [Obs.]

That through your death your lineage should slack. --Chaucer.

They will not of that firste purpose slack. --Chaucer. Slack

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slack \Slack\, Slacken \Slack"en\, verb (used with an object)

1. To render slack; to make less tense or firm; as, to slack a rope; to slacken a bandage. --Wycklif (Acts xxvii. 40)

2. To neglect; to be remiss in. [Obs.] --Shak.

Slack not the pressage. --Dryden.

3. To deprive of cohesion by combining chemically with water; to slake; as, to slack lime.

4. To cause to become less eager; to repress; to make slow or less rapid; to retard; as, to slacken pursuit; to slacken industry. "Rancor for to slack." --Chaucer.

I should be grieved, young prince, to think my presence Unbent your thoughts, and slackened 'em to arms. --Addison.

In this business of growing rich, poor men should slack their pace. --South.

With such delay Well plased, they slack their course. --Milton.

5. To cause to become less intense; to mitigate; to abate; to ease.

To respite, or deceive, or slack thy pain Of this ill mansion. --Milton.

{Air-slacked lime}, lime slacked by exposure to the air, in consequence of the absorption of carton dioxide and water, by which it is converted into carbonate of lime and hydrate of lime.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slack \Slack\, adverb Slackly; as, slack dried hops.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slack \Slack\, noun The part of anything that hangs loose, having no strain upon it; as, the slack of a rope or of a sail. Slack

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

slack

adjective

1: not tense or taut; "the old man's skin hung loose and grey"; "slack and wrinkled skin"; "slack sails"; "a slack rope" [syn: {loose}, {slack}]

2: flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide; "slack water"

3: lacking in rigor or strictness; "such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable"; "lax in attending classes"; "slack in maintaining discipline" [syn: {lax}, {slack}]

noun

1: dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve

2: a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality; "the team went into a slump"; "a gradual slack in output"; "a drop-off in attendance"; "a falloff in quality" [syn: {slump}, {slack}, {drop-off}, {falloff}, {falling off}]

3: a stretch of water without current or movement; "suddenly they were in a slack and the water was motionless" [syn: {slack}, {slack water}]

4: a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot [syn: {mire}, {quagmire}, {quag}, {morass}, {slack}]

5: the quality of being loose (not taut); "he hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope" [syn: {slack}, {slackness}]

6: a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely; "he took up the slack"

verb

1: avoid responsibilities and work, be idle

2: be inattentive to, or neglect; "He slacks his attention"

3: release tension on; "slack the rope"

4: make less active or fast; "He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now" [syn: {slack}, {slacken}, {slack up}, {relax}]

5: become slow or slower; "Production slowed" [syn: {slow}, {slow down}, {slow up}, {slack}, {slacken}]

6: make less active or intense [syn: {slake}, {abate}, {slack}]

7: become less in amount or intensity; "The storm abated"; "The rain let up after a few hours" [syn: {abate}, {let up}, {slack off}, {slack}, {die away}]

8: cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water; "slack lime" [syn: {slack}, {slake}]

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