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

  • adj. Moving with extreme slowness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Slow-moving, like a snail.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Snail-like in pace or gait; creeping or moving slowly.


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  • Sometimes there are notices warning of inanimate dangers such as the invariably poorly-designed curves, sharp-edged shoulders that drop off into nothingness or shoulders that don't exist at all, perilous intersections, and traffic lanes that turn from two into one or from one into none, snail-paced farm implements and, inevitably, roads under repair.

    Free riding the roads of Mexico

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ann Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director, should visit Yemen and let them know that the world is watching their snail-paced response to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

    Yemen's Sacrificial Child Brides

  • She had spent most of those past two hours in traffic moving at maddening snail-paced speed, inching toward the city and through it.


  • Block out the mental images of snail-paced Major League Soccer games that you may have seen.

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  • Much of the time, lack of local capacity and snail-paced international support mire us in the world of "might have been".

    Nicholas van Praag: Was Keynes right about fragile states?

  • The movie is actually well-cast and beautifully mounted with all the gloss that MGM could buy, but what came out of all that effort was a snail-paced antique that gets way too bogged down in its frou-frou fake Britishness.

    2008 March :

  • Much of the time, lack of local capacity and snail-paced international support mire us in the world of "might have been."

    Nicholas van Praag: Was Keynes Right About Fragile States?

  • Last week, the government introduced a bill promoted as “one of the most radical reforms of Italy's snail-paced justice system since the end of World War II”, which the opposition, magistrates, and consumer advocacy groups insist is yet another “ad personam law”, tailored to help Berlusconi avoid corruption trials.

    In Italy, Online Activism Fires Up ���No Berlusconi Day���

  • I have this feeling, here in my heart, not far from where that gypsy stopped dead in her snail-paced tracks, that I have finally come home.

    bercail - French Word-A-Day

  • Dropped calls, snail-paced downloads, and questions from customers asking -- given the popularity of iPhone -- why wasn't AT&T prepared for demand?

    CNN Transcript Sep 4, 2009


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