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1 slack

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

Dutch: slak

2 slack

A noticeable deterioration in performance or quality:
— A gradual slack in output.

synonyms: drop-off, falling off, falloff, slump.

3 slack

A stretch of water without current or movement:
— Suddenly they were in a slack and the water was motionless.

synonym: slack water.

4 slack

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

synonyms: mire, morass, quag, quagmire.

Dutch: aanslibbing, moeras, slib, slik

5 slack

The quality of being loose (not taut):
— He hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope.

synonym: slackness.

6 slack

A cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely.


1 slack

Avoid responsibilities and work, be idle.

Roget 388a: go out, die out, burn out; fizzle.    extinguish; damp, slack, quench, smother; put out, stamp out; douse, snuff, ... show more

2 slack

Be inattentive to, or neglect.

3 slack

Release tension on.

4 slack

Make less active or fast:
— He slackened his pace as he got tired.

synonyms: relax, slack up, slacken.

5 slack

Become slow or slower.

synonyms: slacken, slow, slow down, slow up.

Dutch: vertragen

6 slack

Make less active or intense.

synonyms: abate, slake.

7 slack

Become less in amount or intensity.

synonyms: abate, die away, let up, slack off.

Dutch: verminderen, afnemen, humiliëren, vernederen, neerslaan, verlichten, reduceren, verlagen, bedaren, luwen ... show more

8 slack

Cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water:
— Slack lime.

synonym: slake.


1 slack

Not tense or taut:
— Slack and wrinkled skin.
— Slack sails.
— A slack rope.
— A slack grip.

synonym: loose.

Roget 640: insufficient, inadequate; too little etc. 32; not enough etc. 639; unequal to; incompetent etc. (impotent) 158; weighed in the balance and found wanting;" ... show more

Roget 683: inactive; motionless etc. 265; unoccupied etc. (doing nothing) 681; unbusied.    indolent, lazy, slothful, idle, ... show more

Roget 603: unwilling; not in the vein, loth, loath, shy of, disinclined, indisposed, averse, reluctant, not content; adverse etc. (opposed) ... show more

Roget 275: slow, slack; tardy; dilatory etc. (inactive) 683; gentle, easy; leisurely; deliberate, gradual; insensible, imperceptible; ... show more

Roget 172: inert, inactive, passive; torpid etc. 683; sluggish, dull, heavy, flat, slack, tame, slow, ... show more

Roget 160: weak, feeble, debile; impotent etc. 158; relaxed, unnerved, etc. v.; sapless, strengthless, powerless; weakly, ... show more

Roget 47: nonadhesive, immiscible; incoherent, detached, loose, baggy, slack, lax, relaxed, flapping, streaming; disheveled; segregated, like grains of sand unconsolidated ... show more

Roget 738: lax, loose; slack; remiss etc. (careless) 460; weak.    relaxed; licensed; reinless, unbridled; anarchical; ... show more

2 slack

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

3 slack

Lacking in rigor or strictness:
— Slack in maintaining discipline.

synonym: lax.

Polish: niedbały, nieporządny

Moby thesaurus: Laodicean, Micawberish, Olympian, Paphian, abandon, abate, abatement, abeyant, aloof, ambling, anemic, apathetic, asthenic, backward, bagging, baggy, bate, beat-up, bedraggled, behindhand ... show more.

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