Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or state of being slow.
  • n. A unit, the reciprocal of velocity, that delineates the amount of time required for an object to travel a given distance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being slow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being slow, in any sense.

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

  • n. lack of normal development of intellectual capacities
  • n. unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
  • n. a rate demonstrating an absence of haste or hurry

Etymologies

slow +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • History can be cruel to such a geologic pace; this slowness is a recipe for vulnerability and nasty strategic surprise.

    America’s Elegant Decline

  • The false accusation, coupled with what he called the "slowness" of the European Commission's response, prompted Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to announce today that he would demand "sufficient reparations" from the European Union.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • She also analogized "a certain slowness to architecture that we appreciate" to the Barnes visitor experience.

    The Barnes in a New Light

  • Yes, the slowness is something that needs to get worked on.

    Wake-up call

  • In the blogosphere, the slowness is taken as evidence of liberal bias.

    Archive 2004-08-01

  • This slowness is one of the reasons that Canada's growth rate in productivity lags behind other countries.

    Creating Canada's Culture of Innovation: From Cradle to Career

  • I’m getting more interested in slowness generally – I think it fosters creativity and insight.

    2010 In Prospect « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Bank of America's site Spokeswoman Tara Burke said the slowness was a result of "routine" upgrades made over the weekend, and the slowness isn't affecting any particular geographic area.

    BofA Website Is Slow; Bank Cites Upgrades

  • The slowness is a factor of my schedule rather than the book's qualities.

    Mantel wins Booker in split vote

  • 'There's no need of all of us being tost, my dear girl, because, of my slowness, which is no fault of mine, but of Robert's not being in the way; which must needs make the poor fellow unhappy enough, when he hears of it: which, no doubt, I shall let him do, according to his deserts.'

    Camilla

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