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 for Slack-water navigation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Slack \Slack\, a. [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.
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     2. Weak; not holding fast; as, a slack hand. --Milton.
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     3. Remiss; backward; not using due diligence or care; not
        earnest or eager; as, slack in duty or service.
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              The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as
              some men count slackness.             --2 Pet. iii.
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     4. Not violent, rapid, or pressing; slow; moderate; easy; as,
        business is slack. "With slack pace." --Chaucer.
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              C?sar . . . about sunset, hoisting sail with a slack
              southwest, at midnight was becalmed.  --Milton.
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     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.
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     Syn: Loose; relaxed; weak; remiss; backward; abated;
          diminished; inactive; slow; tardy; dull.
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