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English adjective: slack

1. slack not tense or taut


SamplesThe old man's skin hung loose and grey.
Slack and wrinkled skin.
Slack sails.
A slack rope.


Synonymsloose


Similarlax


Antonymstense

2. slack flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide


SamplesSlack water.


Similarstanding


Antonymsrunning

3. slack lacking in rigor or strictness


SamplesSuch lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable.
Lax in attending classes.
Slack in maintaining discipline.


Synonymslax


Similarnegligent


Antonymsdiligent


English noun: slack

1. slack (substance) dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve


Broader (hypernym)debris, detritus, dust, junk, rubble

2. slack (process) a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality


SamplesThe team went into a slump.
A gradual slack in output.
A drop-off in attendance.
A falloff in quality.


Synonymsdrop-off, falling off, falloff, slump


Broader (hypernym)declension, decline in quality, deterioration, worsening

3. slack (object) a stretch of water without current or movement


SamplesSuddenly they were in a slack and the water was motionless.


Synonymsslack water


Broader (hypernym)stretch

4. slack (object) a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot


Synonymsmire, morass, quag, quagmire


Broader (hypernym)bog, peat bog

5. slack (attribute) the quality of being loose (not taut)


SamplesHe hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope.


Synonymsslackness


Broader (hypernym)looseness, play

6. slack (artifact) a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely


SamplesHe took up the slack.


Broader (hypernym)cord


English verb: slack

1. slack (social) avoid responsibilities and work, be idle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)fiddle, goldbrick, shirk, shrink from

2. slack (cognition) be inattentive to, or neglect


SamplesHe slacks his attention.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)neglect

3. slack (change) release tension on


SamplesSlack the rope.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)loose, loosen

4. slack (change) make less active or fast


SamplesHe slackened his pace as he got tired.
Don't relax your efforts now.


Synonymsrelax, slack up, slacken


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify

5. slack (change) become slow or slower


SamplesProduction slowed.


Synonymsslacken, slow, slow down, slow up


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)weaken

6. slack (change) make less active or intense


Synonymsabate, slake


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify

7. slack (change) become less in amount or intensity


SamplesThe storm abated.
The rain let up after a few hours.


Synonymsabate, die away, let up, slack off


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminish, fall, lessen

8. slack (change) cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water


SamplesSlack lime.


Synonymsslake


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hydrate


Narrower (hyponym)air-slake









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