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Meaning & Definition of Slack in English

English

Slack

/slæk/

noun

1. Dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve

    synonym:
  • slack

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • slump
  • ,
  • slack
  • ,
  • drop-off
  • ,
  • falloff
  • ,
  • falling off

3. A stretch of water without current or movement

  • "Suddenly they were in a slack and the water was motionless"
    synonym:
  • slack
  • ,
  • slack water

4. A soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

    synonym:
  • mire
  • ,
  • quagmire
  • ,
  • quag
  • ,
  • morass
  • ,
  • slack

5. The quality of being loose (not taut)

  • "He hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope"
    synonym:
  • slack
  • ,
  • slackness

6. A cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely

  • "He took up the slack"
    synonym:
  • slack

verb

1. Avoid responsibilities and work, be idle

    synonym:
  • slack

2. Be inattentive to, or neglect

  • "He slacks his attention"
    synonym:
  • slack

3. Release tension on

  • "Slack the rope"
    synonym:
  • slack

4. Make less active or fast

  • "He slackened his pace as he got tired"
  • "Don't relax your efforts now"
    synonym:
  • slack
  • ,
  • slacken
  • ,
  • slack up
  • ,
  • relax

5. Become slow or slower

  • "Production slowed"
    synonym:
  • slow
  • ,
  • slow down
  • ,
  • slow up
  • ,
  • slack
  • ,
  • slacken

6. Make less active or intense

    synonym:
  • slake
  • ,
  • abate
  • ,
  • slack

7. Become less in amount or intensity

  • "The storm abated"
  • "The rain let up after a few hours"
    synonym:
  • abate
  • ,
  • let up
  • ,
  • slack off
  • ,
  • slack
  • ,
  • die away

8. Cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water

  • "Slack lime"
    synonym:
  • slack
  • ,
  • slake

adjective

1. Not tense or taut

  • "The old man's skin hung loose and grey"
  • "Slack and wrinkled skin"
  • "Slack sails"
  • "A slack rope"
    synonym:
  • loose
  • ,
  • slack

2. Flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide

  • "Slack water"
    synonym:
  • slack

3. Lacking in rigor or strictness

  • "Such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable"
  • "Lax in attending classes"
  • "Slack in maintaining discipline"
    synonym:
  • lax
  • ,
  • slack