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slack

adjective (a)

  • Lax; not tense; not hard drawn; not firmly extended; as, a slack rope. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve (noun.substance)
    source: wordnet30
  • a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality (noun.process)
    Example:
    A gradual slack in output.
    source: wordnet30
  • a stretch of water without current or movement (noun.object)
    Synonym: slack water
    Example:
    Suddenly they were in a slack and the water was motionless.
    source: wordnet30
  • a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot (noun.object)
    Synonym: mire, morass, quag, quagmire
    source: wordnet30
  • the quality of being loose (not taut) (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: slackness
    Example:
    He hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope.
    source: wordnet30
  • a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    He took up the slack.
    source: wordnet30
  • Small coal; also, coal dust; culm. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • A valley, or small, shallow dell. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • The part of anything that hangs loose, having no strain upon it; as, the slack of a rope or of a sail. (noun)
    source: webster1913

adverb (r)

  • Slackly; as, slack dried hops. (adverb)
    source: webster1913

adjective satellite (s)

  • not tense or taut (adj.all)
    Synonym: loose
    Example:
    Slack and wrinkled skin.
    Slack sails.
    A slack rope.
    source: wordnet30
  • flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide (adj.all)
    Example:
    Slack water.
    source: wordnet30
  • lacking in rigor or strictness (adj.all)
    Synonym: lax
    Example:
    Slack in maintaining discipline.
    source: wordnet30

verb (v)

  • avoid responsibilities and work, be idle (verb.social)
    source: wordnet30
  • be inattentive to, or neglect (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    He slacks his attention.
    source: wordnet30
  • release tension on (verb.change)
    Example:
    Slack the rope.
    source: wordnet30
  • make less active or fast (verb.change)
    Synonym: relax, slack up, slacken
    Example:
    He slackened his pace as he got tired.
    source: wordnet30
  • become slow or slower (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • make less active or intense (verb.change)
    Synonym: abate, slake
    source: wordnet30
  • become less in amount or intensity (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water (verb.change)
    Synonym: slake
    Example:
    Slack lime.
    source: wordnet30
  • To become slack; to be made less tense, firm, or rigid; to decrease in tension; as, a wet cord slackens in dry weather. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To render slack; to make less tense or firm; as, to slack a rope; to slacken a bandage. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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