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  • v. Present participle of slacken.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an occurrence of control or strength weakening


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  • Du Plessis blamed the government's transformation policy for what he described as a slackening of the country's security forces

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The struggle has caught hold along the whole line and enthusiasm for the lofty aim runs so high that a slackening is no longer to be feared.

    Robert Koch - Nobel Lecture

  • He felt the train slackening speed, and peered again through the misty window.

    The Sea Farmer

  • She had gone on for about a mile, and it was growing dark, and her horse was again slackening his pace, when she thought she heard the sound of another horse's hoofs behind her.

    The Hidden Hand

  • QUESTION: Did the prime minister mention anything about the -- did he use the word "slackening," that the U.S. wasn't prepared for this kind of war?

    CNN Transcript Nov 9, 2001

  • Even though data suggests a "slackening" of sales, retailers such as Wal-Mart, Tesco are expanding in China.

    The Business of Fashion

  • Mike Kenny's adaptation, playing pick-and-mix with the original, pads some scenes, slashes others, slowing the pace and slackening dramatic tensions.

    Peter Pan – review

  • Now he studied the sea to windward for signs of the wind slackening or freshening, now the Macedonia; and again, his eyes roved over every sail, and he gave commands to slack a sheet here a trifle, to come in on one there a trifle, till he was drawing out of the Ghost the last bit of speed she possessed.

    Chapter 25

  • WASHINGTON—The Obama administration confirmed it has suspended hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan, senior U.S. officials said, due to slackening support by the country for Washington's fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban.

    U.S. Halts Some Aid to Pakistan for Military

  • The U.S. has suspended $800 million in military aid to Pakistan due to its slackening support for the fight against militants, officials said.

    What's News: World-Wide


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  • My adjectival use: 'You need to wait for the slackening tide.'

    August 24, 2011