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3 definitions found
 for Slackening
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Slack \Slack\, Slacken \Slack"en\, v. i. [imp. & p. p.
     Slacked, Slackened; p. pr. & vb. n. Slacking,
     Slackening.] [See Slack, a.]
     1. To become slack; to be made less tense, firm, or rigid; to
        decrease in tension; as, a wet cord slackens in dry
        weather.
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     2. To be remiss or backward; to be negligent.
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     3. To lose cohesion or solidity by a chemical combination
        with water; to slake; as, lime slacks.
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     4. To abate; to become less violent.
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              Whence these raging fires
              Will slacken, if his breath stir not their flames.
                                                    --Milton.
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     5. To lose rapidity; to become more slow; as, a current of
        water slackens.
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     6. To languish; to fail; to flag.
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     7. To end; to cease; to desist; to slake. [Obs.]
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              That through your death your lineage should slack.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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              They will not of that firste purpose slack.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  slackening
      n 1: an occurrence of control or strength weakening; "the
           relaxation of requirements"; "the loosening of his grip";
           "the slackening of the wind" [syn: relaxation,
           loosening, slackening]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  74 Moby Thesaurus words for "slackening":
     abatement, allayment, alleviation, arrest, assuagement,
     attenuation, attrition, blunting, calming, check, damping,
     deadening, debilitation, deceleration, delay, demulsion, detention,
     devitalization, dilution, diminution, drag, dulcification, dulling,
     ease-off, ease-up, easing, effemination, enervation, enfeeblement,
     evisceration, exhaustion, extenuation, falling-off, fatigue,
     flagging, holdup, hushing, inanition, lag, languishment, leniency,
     lessening, letdown, letup, lightening, loosening, lulling,
     minus acceleration, mitigation, modulation, mollification,
     obstruction, pacification, palliation, quietening, quieting,
     reduction, relaxation, remission, retardation, retardment, setback,
     slack-up, slowdown, slowing, slowing down, slowup, softening,
     soothing, subduement, tempering, thinning, tranquilization,
     weakening
  
  

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