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Definition 1: a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where slack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he took up the slack

(slack is a kind of ...) a line made of twisted fibers or threads

"the bundle was tied with a cord"

Definition 2: the quality of being loose (not taut) - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where slack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope

Synonyms for slack in the sense of this definition

(slack is a kind of ...) movement or space for movement

"there was too much play in the steering wheel"

Definition 3: a stretch of water without current or movement - [noun denoting object]

Samples where slack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • suddenly they were in a slack and the water was motionless

Synonyms for slack in the sense of this definition

(slack is a kind of ...) a large and unbroken expanse or distance

"a stretch of highway" "a stretch of clear water"

Definition 4: a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot - [noun denoting object]

Synonyms for slack in the sense of this definition

(slack is a kind of ...) wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation; has poorer drainage than a swamp; soil is unfit for cultivation but can be cut and dried and used for fuel

Definition 5: a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality - [noun denoting process]

Samples where slack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the team went into a slump
  • a gradual slack in output
  • a drop-off in attendance
  • a falloff in quality

Synonyms for slack in the sense of this definition

(slack is a kind of ...) process of changing to an inferior state

Definition 6: 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 denoting substance]

(slack is a kind of ...) the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up

Definition 7: release tension on - [verb of change]

Samples where slack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • slack the rope

(slack is a kind of ...) make loose or looser

"loosen the tension on a rope"

Definition 8: make less active or fast - [verb of change]

Samples where slack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He slackened his pace as he got tired
  • Don't relax your efforts now

Synonyms for slack in the sense of this definition

(slack is a kind of ...) make smaller

"He decreased his staff"

Definition 9: make less active or intense - [verb of change]

Synonyms for slack in the sense of this definition

(slack is a kind of ...) make smaller

"He decreased his staff"

Definition 10: become slow or slower - [verb of change]

Samples where slack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Production slowed

Synonyms for slack in the sense of this definition

(slack is a kind of ...) become weaker

"The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"

Definition 11: cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water - [verb of change]

Samples where slack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • slack lime

Synonyms for slack in the sense of this definition

(slack is a kind of ...) cause to be hydrated; add water or moisture to

"hydrate your skin"

(... is a kind of slack ) alter by exposure to air with conversion at least in part to a carbonate

"air-slake lime"

Definition 12: become less in amount or intensity - [verb of change]

Samples where slack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The storm abated
  • The rain let up after a few hours

Synonyms for slack in the sense of this definition

(slack is a kind of ...) decrease in size, extent, or range

"The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester" "The cabin pressure fell dramatically" "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds" "his voice fell to a whisper"

Definition 13: be inattentive to, or neglect - [verb of cognition]

Samples where slack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He slacks his attention

(slack is a kind of ...) fail to attend to

"he neglects his children"

(slack is a kind of ...) avoid (one's assigned duties)

"The derelict soldier shirked his duties"

Definition 15: not tense or taut - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where slack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the old man's skin hung loose and grey
  • slack and wrinkled skin
  • slack sails
  • a slack rope
  • a slack grip

Synonyms for slack in the sense of this definition

(slack is similar to ...) lacking in firmness or tension; not taut

"a lax rope"

Definition 16: lacking in rigor or strictness - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where slack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable
  • lax in attending classes
  • slack in maintaining discipline

Synonyms for slack in the sense of this definition

(slack is similar to ...) characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern

"negligent parents" "negligent of detail" "negligent in his correspondence"

Definition 17: flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where slack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • slack water

(slack is similar to ...) (of fluids) not moving or flowing

"mosquitoes breed in standing water"

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