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slow

7 definitions found

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

Slow \Slow\ (sl[=o]), obs. imp. of {Slee}, to slay. Slew. --Chaucer.

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

Slow \Slow\ (sl[=o]), adjective [Compar. {Slower} (sl[=o]"[~e]r); superl. {Slowest}.] [OE. slow, slaw, AS. sl[=a]w; akin to OS. sl[=e]u blunt, dull, D. sleeuw, slee, sour, OHG. sl[=e]o blunt, dull, Icel. sl[=o]r, sl[ae]r, Dan. sl["o]v, Sw. sl["o]. Cf. {Sloe}, and {Sloth}.]

1. Moving a short space in a relatively long time; not swift; not quick in motion; not rapid; moderate; deliberate; as, a slow stream; a slow motion.

2. Not happening in a short time; gradual; late.

These changes in the heavens, though slow, produced Like change on sea and land, sidereal blast. --Milton.

3. Not ready; not prompt or quick; dilatory; sluggish; as, slow of speech, and slow of tongue.

Fixed on defense, the Trojans are not slow To guard their shore from an expected foe. --Dryden.

4. Not hasty; not precipitate; acting with deliberation; tardy; inactive.

He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding. --Prov. xiv. 29.

5. Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time; as, the clock or watch is slow.

6. Not advancing or improving rapidly; as, the slow growth of arts and sciences.

7. Heavy in wit; not alert, prompt, or spirited; wearisome; dull. [Colloq.] --Dickens. Thackeray.

Note: Slow is often used in the formation of compounds for the most part self-explaining; as, slow-gaited, slow-paced, slow-sighted, slow-winged, and the like.

{Slow coach}, a slow person. See def.7, above. [Colloq.]

{Slow lemur}, or {Slow loris} (Zool.), an East Indian nocturnal lemurine animal ({Nycticebus tardigradus}) about the size of a small cat; -- so called from its slow and deliberate movements. It has very large round eyes and is without a tail. Called also {bashful Billy}.

{Slow match}. See under {Match}.

Syn: Dilatory; late; lingering; tardy; sluggish; dull; inactive.

Usage: {Slow}, {Tardy}, {Dilatory}. Slow is the wider term, denoting either a want of rapid motion or inertness of intellect. Dilatory signifies a proneness to defer, a habit of delaying the performance of what we know must be done. Tardy denotes the habit of being behind hand; as, tardy in making up one's acounts.

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

Slow \Slow\, adverb Slowly.

Let him have time to mark how slow time goes In time of sorrow. --Shak.

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

Slow \Slow\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Slowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slowing}.] To render slow; to slacken the speed of; to retard; to delay; as, to slow a steamer. --Shak.

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

Slow \Slow\, verb (used without an object) To go slower; -- often with up; as, the train slowed up before crossing the bridge.

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

Slow \Slow\, noun A moth. [Obs.] --Rom. of R.

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

slow

adverb

1: without speed ('slow' is sometimes used informally for 'slowly'); "he spoke slowly"; "go easy here--the road is slippery"; "glaciers move tardily"; "please go slow so I can see the sights" [syn: {slowly}, {slow}, {easy}, {tardily}] [ant: {apace}, {chop-chop}, {quickly}, {rapidly}, {speedily}]

2: of timepieces; "the clock is almost an hour slow"; "my watch is running behind" [syn: {behind}, {slow}]

adjective

1: not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time; "a slow walker"; "the slow lane of traffic"; "her steps were slow"; "he was slow in reacting to the news"; "slow but steady growth" [ant: {fast}]

2: at a slow tempo; "the band played a slow waltz" [ant: {fast}]

3: slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity; "so dense he never understands anything I say to him"; "never met anyone quite so dim"; "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray; "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "worked with the slow students" [syn: {dense}, {dim}, {dull}, {dumb}, {obtuse}, {slow}]

4: (used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time; "the clock is slow" [ant: {fast}]

5: so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; "a boring evening with uninteresting people"; "the deadening effect of some routine tasks"; "a dull play"; "his competent but dull performance"; "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"; "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke; "tedious days on the train"; "the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain; "other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome" [syn: {boring}, {deadening}, {dull}, {ho-hum}, {irksome}, {slow}, {tedious}, {tiresome}, {wearisome}]

6: (of business) not active or brisk; "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market" [syn: {dull}, {slow}, {sluggish}]

verb

1: lose velocity; move more slowly; "The car decelerated" [syn: {decelerate}, {slow}, {slow down}, {slow up}, {retard}] [ant: {accelerate}, {quicken}, {speed}, {speed up}]

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

3: cause to proceed more slowly; "The illness slowed him down" [syn: {slow}, {slow down}, {slow up}]

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