Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To satisfy (a craving); quench.
  • intransitive verb Archaic To lessen the force or intensity of; moderate.
  • intransitive verb To combine (lime) chemically with water or moist air.
  • intransitive verb To undergo a slaking process; crumble or disintegrate, as lime.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A channel through a swamp or mud-flat.
  • noun Slime or mud.
  • noun A slovenly or slabbery daub; a slight dabbing or bedaubing as with something soft and slabbery; a “lick.”
  • noun 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.
  • To besmear; daub.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To go out; to become extinct.
  • intransitive verb rare To abate; to become less decided.
  • intransitive verb rare, rare To slacken; to become relaxed.
  • intransitive verb To become mixed with water, so that a true chemical combination takes place.
  • intransitive verb a trough containing water in which a blacksmith cools a forging or tool.
  • transitive verb To allay; to quench; to extinguish.
  • transitive verb To mix with water, so that a true chemical combination shall take place; to slack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive, obsolete To go out; to become extinct.
  • verb intransitive To become mixed with water, so that a true chemical combination takes place.

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

  • verb make less active or intense
  • verb cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water
  • verb satisfy (thirst)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English slaken, to abate, from Old English slacian, from slæc, slack, sluggish; see slack.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English slaken ("to render slack, to slake"), from Old English sleacian, from sleac ("slack").

Examples

  • You begin changing what you can about yourself to slake the thirst of a grasping world, and to settle the demons of insecurity leaping at your psyche.

    The Curious Case Of Michael Joseph Jackson

  • You begin changing what you can about yourself to slake the thirst of a grasping world, and to settle the demons of insecurity leaping at your psyche.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Drawn & Quarterly will slake my curiosity with Black Blizzard, the tale of two convicts, cuffed together and on the run.

    Previews review February 2010

  • Eager to slake their thirst for adventure, the brothers competed against a hundred others in the Enduro Africa off-road motorcycle rally, tearing across more than a thousand miles of rugged African terrain on their Honda CRF 230 cc bikes.

    William and Kate

  • That the Saudis are even considering such a project shows how difficult and costly it is becoming to slake the world's thirst for oil.

    Facing Up to End of 'Easy Oil'

  • Hoping to slake a thirst around 4 p.m., the audience member had been disappointed to learn that such obvious choices as PS 7's, Rasika and Zola don't serve drinks until closer to the dinner hour.

    Ask Tom: Saturday afternoon cocktails

  • Too bad it would do no more than slake his thirst.

    Healing the Highlander

  • If I can find them, perhaps they'll slake my thirst for Barker's short fiction.

    Rabid Reads: "Books of Blood: Volumes 1-3" by Clive Barker

  • Some do and "fan fiction" is an excellent way for them to slake their thirst for content without destroying the mystery for everyone else.

    JK Rowling should remember that less means more in the Potterverse | David Mitchell

  • Eager to slake their thirst for adventure, the brothers competed against a hundred others in the Enduro Africa off-road motorcycle rally, tearing across more than a thousand miles of rugged African terrain on their Honda CRF 230 cc bikes.

    William and Kate

Comments

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  • This word, aptly, contains a lake,

    but adds an initial s,

    and thus suggests

    the slipping and sliding and slithering

    of water down the throat:

    a liquid snake.

    November 30, 2007

  • I don't actually like this word, but it is neat in a kind of unlikable way. Like Nicolas Cage.

    May 15, 2008

  • It always reminds me of Radar O'Reilly in a M*A*S*H episode where he first discovers the word in a poem.

    May 15, 2008

  • I'm with you, c_b. That may be the best explanation for Nicolas Cage ever.

    May 15, 2008

  • My husband uses slake a different way. It would probably make Radar blush and Nicolas Cage snicker...

    May 16, 2008

  • Can you think of any other thing you slake, other than thirst?

    May 25, 2008

  • Lime.

    May 25, 2008

  • I saw the same M*A*S*H episode, and I suggest that you can slake desire. :-)

    May 26, 2008

  • Slake is to satisfy, so you can slake your hungar, your lust, your need for new words...

    June 2, 2009

  • Barbossa says this when he tells Elizabeth of the curse "...could not slake our lust..."

    October 26, 2011