from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- transitive & intransitive verb To make or become slower; slow down.
- transitive & intransitive verb To make or become less tense, taut, or firm; loosen.
- transitive & intransitive verb To make or become less vigorous, intense, or severe; ease.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The slags or cinder from previous fusions, used in smelting operations to mix with natural ores and to retard fusion of the ores until reduction shall have proceeded to the desired point.
- To become slack.
- To become less active; fall off: as, trade slackened; the demand slackens; prices slacken
- To become remiss or neglectful, as of duty.
- To make slack or slacker.
- To abate; moderate; lessen; diminish the intensity, severity, rate, etc., of; hence, to mitigate; assuage; relieve: as, to
slackenone's pace; to slacken cares.
- To be or become remiss in or neglectful of; remit; relax: as, to
slackenlabor or exertion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Metal.) A spongy, semivitrifled substance which miners or smelters mix with the ores of metals to prevent their fusion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb intransitive To
gradually decreasein intensityor tautness; to become slack.
- verb transitive To make
slack, less taut, or less intense.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb make less active or fast
- verb make slack as by lessening tension or firmness
- verb become looser or slack
- verb become slow or slower
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Think I'll just kind of slacken up on this G.C.L. stuff now. ''
Think Ill just kind of slacken up on this G.C.L. stuff now.
No matter which of the two levers he clicked below either hand-grip, the chain seemed to slacken, meaning the pedals spun faster, and the bike slowed.
Think I’ll just kind of slacken up on this G.C.L. stuff now.”
Think I'll just kind of slacken up on this G.C.L. stuff now. "
Today (Friday): Yesterday's winds slacken for a fantastic autumn day.
The suggestion that the elimination of alcoholic beverage ads from The Pitt News and other publications connected with the university will slacken the demand for alcohol by Pitt students is counterintuitive and unsupported by any evidence ....
At the same time, U.S. officials had hoped that Mr. Assad, who succeeded his dictator father, Hafez al-Assad, in 2000, would embrace democratic change and slacken his ties to Iran.
And that decline may well come not from a scarcity of resources but from greater efficiency, which will slacken global demand.
I suggest this book as required reading for 8th graders would, all by itself, slacken teen birth rates dramatically.