dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information


11 definitions found
 for slack
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.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Weak; not holding fast; as, a slack hand. --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. Remiss; backward; not using due diligence or care; not
        earnest or eager; as, slack in duty or service.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as
              some men count slackness.             --2 Pet. iii.
                                                    9.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. Not violent, rapid, or pressing; slow; moderate; easy; as,
        business is slack. "With slack pace." --Chaucer.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              C?sar . . . about sunset, hoisting sail with a slack
              southwest, at midnight was becalmed.  --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Syn: Loose; relaxed; weak; remiss; backward; abated;
          diminished; inactive; slow; tardy; dull.
          [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Slack \Slack\, n. [Cf. Slag.]
     Small coal; also, coal dust; culm. --Raymond.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Slack \Slack\, n. [Icel. slakki a slope on a mountain edge.]
     A valley, or small, shallow dell. [Prov. Eng.] --Grose.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Slack \Slack\, Slacken \Slack"en\, v. t.
     1. To render slack; to make less tense or firm; as, to slack
        a rope; to slacken a bandage. --Wycklif (Acts xxvii. 40)
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To neglect; to be remiss in. [Obs.] --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Slack not the pressage.               --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. To deprive of cohesion by combining chemically with water;
        to slake; as, to slack lime.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. To cause to become less eager; to repress; to make slow or
        less rapid; to retard; as, to slacken pursuit; to slacken
        industry. "Rancor for to slack." --Chaucer.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              I should be grieved, young prince, to think my
              presence
              Unbent your thoughts, and slackened 'em to arms.
                                                    --Addison.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              In this business of growing rich, poor men should
              slack their pace.                     --South.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              With such delay
              Well plased, they slack their course. --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     5. To cause to become less intense; to mitigate; to abate; to
        ease.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              To respite, or deceive, or slack thy pain
              Of this ill mansion.                  --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Air-slacked lime, lime slacked by exposure to the air, in
        consequence of the absorption of carton dioxide and water,
        by which it is converted into carbonate of lime and
        hydrate of lime.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Slack \Slack\, adv.
     Slackly; as, slack dried hops.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Slack \Slack\, n.
     The part of anything that hangs loose, having no strain upon
     it; as, the slack of a rope or of a sail.
     [1913 Webster] Slack

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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To be remiss or backward; to be negligent.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. To lose cohesion or solidity by a chemical combination
        with water; to slake; as, lime slacks.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. To abate; to become less violent.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Whence these raging fires
              Will slacken, if his breath stir not their flames.
                                                    --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     5. To lose rapidity; to become more slow; as, a current of
        water slackens.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     6. To languish; to fail; to flag.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     7. To end; to cease; to desist; to slake. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
              That through your death your lineage should slack.
                                                    --Chaucer.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              They will not of that firste purpose slack.
                                                    --Chaucer.
        [1913 Webster] Slack

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  slack
      adj 1: not tense or taut; "the old man's skin hung loose and
             grey"; "slack and wrinkled skin"; "slack sails"; "a slack
             rope" [syn: loose, slack]
      2: flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide;
         "slack water"
      3: lacking in rigor or strictness; "such lax and slipshod ways
         are no longer acceptable"; "lax in attending classes"; "slack
         in maintaining discipline" [syn: lax, slack]
      n 1: dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and
           coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over
           a sieve
      2: 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" [syn:
         slump, slack, drop-off, falloff, falling off]
      3: a stretch of water without current or movement; "suddenly
         they were in a slack and the water was motionless" [syn:
         slack, slack water]
      4: a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot [syn:
         mire, quagmire, quag, morass, slack]
      5: the quality of being loose (not taut); "he hadn't counted on
         the slackness of the rope" [syn: slack, slackness]
      6: a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely; "he took up
         the slack"
      v 1: avoid responsibilities and work, be idle
      2: be inattentive to, or neglect; "He slacks his attention"
      3: release tension on; "slack the rope"
      4: make less active or fast; "He slackened his pace as he got
         tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now" [syn: slack,
         slacken, slack up, relax]
      5: become slow or slower; "Production slowed" [syn: slow,
         slow down, slow up, slack, slacken]
      6: make less active or intense [syn: slake, abate, slack]
      7: become less in amount or intensity; "The storm abated"; "The
         rain let up after a few hours" [syn: abate, let up,
         slack off, slack, die away]
      8: cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water; "slack
         lime" [syn: slack, slake]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  440 Moby Thesaurus words for "slack":
     Laodicean, Micawberish, Olympian, Paphian, abandon, abate,
     abatement, abeyant, aloof, ambling, anemic, apathetic, asthenic,
     backward, bagging, baggy, bate, beat-up, bedraggled, behindhand,
     benumbed, blah, blase, bloodless, blow out, blowzy, bone-lazy,
     bones, cadging, careless, cataleptic, catatonic, cautious, chaff,
     chambering, chicken, chintzy, choke, circumspect, claudicant,
     coal dust, comatose, comb, coom, cowardly, crawling, creeping,
     creeping like snail, culm, culpably negligent, cut, dallying, damp,
     dangling, dead, deadwood, debilitated, decline, decrease, delay,
     delaying, deliberate, delinquent, derelict, desensitized, detached,
     diffuse, dilapidated, dilatory, dillydallying, diminish,
     diminution, dishwater, disinterested, disjoin, disperse,
     disregardful, do-nothing, dodge, dog it, doless, dopey, dormant,
     douse, down, downturn, drabbletailed, draff, draggled,
     draggletailed, dregs, dronish, drony, drooping, droopy, duck,
     duck duty, dull, dust, dwindling, ease, ease off, ease up, easy,
     easygoing, effete, ergophobic, etiolated, extinguish, faineant,
     faint, faintish, faltering, feeble, filings, flabby, flaccid,
     flagging, flapping, flat, floppy, foot-dragging, foul, free,
     frowzy, frumpish, frumpy, garbage, gash, gentle, get out of, give,
     goldbrick, gone, good-for-nothing, goof off, gradual, groggy,
     grubby, gutless, halting, hanging, heartless, heavy, hebetudinous,
     hobbling, hogwash, hopeless, husks, idle, imbecile, impotent,
     imprecise, in a stupor, in abeyance, in rags, in suspense,
     inactive, inactivity, inadvertent, inattentive, indifferent,
     indolent, inert, infirm, informal, insouciant, jump, lackadaisical,
     laggard, lagging, laissez-faire, languid, languorous, latent, lax,
     lazy, leaden, leave, leave loose ends, leave undone, leavings,
     lees, leisurely, lenient, lessening, let alone, let be, let dangle,
     let down, let go, let loose, let up, let up on, lethargic,
     lifeless, light, limber, limp, limping, lingering, listless, logy,
     loitering, loose, loose-moraled, loosen, looseness, lull,
     lumbering, lumpen, lustless, malinger, marrowless, messy, miss,
     mitigate, moderate, mussy, neglect, neglectful, neglecting,
     negligent, nerveless, nonaggressive, nonchalant, noninterfering,
     nonrestrictive, not pull fair, numb, numbed, of easy virtue,
     of loose morals, off, off-guard, offal, offscourings, omit, orts,
     otiose, out, overindulgent, overly permissive, overpermissive,
     parasitic, parings, pass over, pass up, passive, pause, permissive,
     phlegmatic, pithless, play, pluckless, poking, poky, pooped,
     potsherds, powerless, pretermit, procrastinate, procrastinating,
     procrastinative, procrastinatory, promiscuous, put out, quench,
     ragged, raggedy, rags, raspings, reduction, refuse, regardless,
     relax, relaxed, release, reluctant, remiss, remit, resigned,
     rickety, room, rubbery, ruinous, sagging, sapless, sauntering,
     scamping, scatter, scourings, scraggly, scrap iron, scraps,
     scrounging, scum, sedentary, seedy, shabby, shaky, shards,
     shavings, shiftless, shirk, shoddy, shuffling, sinewless, skimping,
     skip, skulk, slack off, slack up, slacken, slackening, slackness,
     slag, slake, slatternly, sleeping, slide out of, slighting,
     slip out of, slipshod, slop, sloppy, slops, slothful, slovenly,
     slow, slow as death, slow as molasses, slow as slow, slow down,
     slow up, slow-crawling, slow-foot, slow-going, slow-legged,
     slow-moving, slow-paced, slow-poky, slow-running, slow-sailing,
     slow-stepped, slow-up, sluggish, slumbering, slurring, sluttish,
     smoldering, smother, snail-paced, snaillike, sneak out of, snuff,
     snuff out, soft, soldier, soporific, sordid, spineless, spiritless,
     sponging, spunkless, squalid, staggering, stagnant, stamp out,
     standing, static, stifle, stoic, streaming, strengthless,
     strolling, stubble, stupefied, supine, suspended, sweepings, swill,
     tacky, tame, tares, tattered, tentative, tire, toddling, torpid,
     tortoiselike, tottering, trifle, trudging, turtlelike, unaroused,
     unbend, unbrace, uncaring, uncircumspect, unconcerned,
     unenterprising, unglue, unguarded, unhardened, unhurried,
     uninterested, unkempt, unlax, unleash, unneat, unnerved,
     unrestrained, unrigorous, unsightly, unsteady, unstick, unstrain,
     unstring, unstrung, untidy, untighten, unwary, unwatchful, unwind,
     waddling, wanton, wastage, waste, waste matter, wastepaper,
     wayward, weak, weaken, weakly, weeds, welsh, whorish, withdrawn,
     work-shy
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  slack
   n.
  
      1. Space allocated to a disk file but not actually used to store useful
      information. The techspeak equivalent is ?internal fragmentation?. Antonym:
      hole.
  
      2. In the theology of the Church of the SubGenius, a mystical substance
      or quality that is the prerequisite of all human happiness.
  
      Since Unix files are stored compactly, except for the unavoidable wastage
      in the last block or fragment, it might be said that ?Unix has no slack?.
      See ha ha only serious.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  slack
  
     1.  Internal fragmentation.  Space allocated
     to a disk file but not actually used to store useful
     information.
  
     2.  In the theology of the Church of the SubGenius,
     a mystical substance or quality that is the prerequisite of
     all human happiness.
  
     Since Unix files are stored compactly, except for the
     unavoidable wastage in the last block or fragment, it might be
     said that "Unix has no slack".
  
     See ha ha only serious.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-03-01)
  

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229