from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To satisfy (a craving); quench: slaked her thirst.
- transitive v. To lessen the force or activity of; moderate: slaking his anger.
- transitive v. To cool or refresh by wetting or moistening.
- transitive v. To combine (lime) chemically with water or moist air.
- intransitive v. To undergo a slaking process; crumble or disintegrate, as lime.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To go out; to become extinct.
- v. To become mixed with water, so that a true chemical combination takes place.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To allay; to quench; to extinguish.
- transitive v. To mix with water, so that a true chemical combination shall take place; to slack.
- intransitive v. To go out; to become extinct.
- intransitive v. To abate; to become less decided.
- intransitive v. To slacken; to become relaxed.
- intransitive v. To become mixed with water, so that a true chemical combination takes place.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To become slack; loosen; slacken; fall off.
- To be lax, remiss, or negligent.
- To become less strong, active, energetic, severe, intense, or the like; abate; decrease; fail; cease.
- To desist; give over: fall short.
- To become disintegrated and loosened by the action of water; become chemically combined with water: as, the lime slakes.
- To make slack or slow; slow; slacken.
- To make slack or loose; render less tense, firm, or compact; slacken. Specifically
- To loosen or disintegrate; reduce to powder by the action of water: as, to slake lime. Also slack.
- To let loose; release.
- To make slack or inactive; hence, to quench or extinguish, as fire, appease or assuage, as hunger or thirst, or mollify, as hatred: as, to slake one's hunger or thirst; to slake wrath.
- n. A channel through a swamp or mud-flat.
- n. Slime or mud.
- To besmear; daub.
- n. A slovenly or slabbery daub; a slight dabbing or bedaubing as with something soft and slabbery; a “lick.”
- n. A name of various species of Algæ, chiefly marine and of the edible sorts, as Ulva Lactuca, U. latissima, and Porphyra laciniata: applied also to fresh-water species, as Enteromorpha and perhaps Conferva.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make less active or intense
- v. cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water
- v. satisfy (thirst)
Middle English slaken, to abate, from Old English slacian, from slæc, slack, sluggish; see slack1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English slaken ("to render slack, to slake"), from Old English sleacian, from sleac ("slack"). (Wiktionary)