Associations to the word «Slack»


SLACK, noun. (uncountable) Small coal; coal dust.
SLACK, noun. (countable) A valley, or small, shallow dell.
SLACK, noun. (uncountable) The part of anything that hangs loose, having no strain upon it.
SLACK, noun. (countable) A tidal marsh or shallow, that periodically fills and drains.
SLACK, adjective. Lax; not tense; not hard drawn; not firmly extended.
SLACK, adjective. Weak; not holding fast.
SLACK, adjective. Remiss; backward; not using due diligence or care; not earnest or eager.
SLACK, adjective. Not violent, rapid, or pressing.
SLACK, adjective. (slang) (West Indies) vulgar; sexually explicit, especially in dancehall music
SLACK, adverb. Slackly.
SLACK, verb. To slacken.
SLACK, verb. (obsolete) To mitigate; to reduce the strength of.
SLACK, verb. (followed by “off”) to procrastinate; to be lazy
SLACK, verb. (followed by “off”) to refuse to exert effort
SLACK, verb. To lose cohesion or solidity by a chemical combination with water; to slake.
SLACK ALICE, noun. (colloquial) (UK) (mostly North Country and Yorkshire) A slovenly woman.
SLACK KEY, adjective. Alternative spelling of slack-key
SLACK OFF, verb. To be unproductive; to not perform one's duties.
SLACK TUB, noun. A large container full of water used by a blacksmith to quench hot metal.

Dictionary definition

SLACK, noun. Dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve.
SLACK, noun. A noticeable deterioration in performance or quality; "the team went into a slump"; "a gradual slack in output"; "a drop-off in attendance"; "a falloff in quality".
SLACK, noun. A stretch of water without current or movement; "suddenly they were in a slack and the water was motionless".
SLACK, noun. A soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot.
SLACK, noun. The quality of being loose (not taut); "he hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope".
SLACK, noun. A cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely; "he took up the slack".
SLACK, verb. Avoid responsibilities and work, be idle.
SLACK, verb. Be inattentive to, or neglect; "He slacks his attention".
SLACK, verb. Release tension on; "slack the rope".
SLACK, verb. Make less active or fast; "He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now".
SLACK, verb. Become slow or slower; "Production slowed".
SLACK, verb. Make less active or intense.
SLACK, verb. Become less in amount or intensity; "The storm abated"; "The rain let up after a few hours".
SLACK, verb. Cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water; "slack lime".
SLACK, adjective. Not tense or taut; "the old man's skin hung loose and grey"; "slack and wrinkled skin"; "slack sails"; "a slack rope".
SLACK, adjective. Flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide; "slack water".
SLACK, adjective. Lacking in rigor or strictness; "such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable"; "lax in attending classes"; "slack in maintaining discipline".

Wise words

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Noam Chomsky