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  Definition of Slack
  1. a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely; "he took up the slack"
  2. the condition of being loose (not taut); "he hadn''t counted on the slackness of the rope"
  3. a stretch of water without current or movement; "suddenly they were in slack water"
  4. 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"
  5. dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve
  6. cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water; "slack lime"
  7. become less in amount or intensity; "The storm abated"; "The rain let up after a few hours"
  8. make less active or intense
  9. become slow or slower; "Production slowed"
  10. make less active or fast; "He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don''t relax your efforts now"
  11. release tension on; "slack the rope"
  12. be inattentive to, or neglect; "He slacks his attention"
  13. avoid responsibilities and work, be idle
  14. lacking in rigor or strictness; "such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable"; "lax in attending classes"; "slack in maintaining discipline"
  15. flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide; "slack water"
  16. lacking in strength or firmness or resilience; "flaccid muscles"; "took his lax hand in hers"; "gave a limp handshake"; "a limp gesture as if waving away all desire to know" G.K.Chesterton; "a slack grip"
  17. not tense or taut; "the old man''s skin hung loose and gray"; "slack and wrinkled skin"; "slack sails"; "a slack rope"
Similar Words: slackness, slump, drop-off, falloff, falling off, slake, abate, let up, slack off, die away, slow, slow down, slow up, slacken, slack up, relax, lax, flaccid, limp, loose

 

Hyponyms: air-slake

 

Derivational Morphology: slump, fall off, sink, fall away, slip, drop off, drop away, slake, abate, slow, slow down, slow up, slacken, slack up, relax, letup, lull, suspension, respite, reprieve, hiatus, abatement, drop-off, falloff, falling off, slowdown, lag, retardation, deceleration, slowing, relaxation, loosening, slackening, slackness, shirking, slacking, soldiering, goofing off, goldbricking, slacker, shirker

 

 
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