dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve
slump, slack, drop-off, falloff, falling off(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, slack water(noun)
a stretch of water without current or movement
"suddenly they were in a slack and the water was motionless"
mire, quagmire, quag, morass, slack(noun)
a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
the quality of being loose (not taut)
"he hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope"
a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely
"he took up the slack"
not tense or taut
"the old man's skin hung loose and grey"; "slack and wrinkled skin"; "slack sails"; "a slack rope"
flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide
lacking in rigor or strictness
"such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable"; "lax in attending classes"; "slack in maintaining discipline"
avoid responsibilities and work, be idle
be inattentive to, or neglect
"He slacks his attention"
release tension on
"slack the rope"
slack, slacken, slack up, relax(verb)
make less active or fast
"He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now"
slow, slow down, slow up, slack, slacken(verb)
become slow or slower
slake, abate, slack(verb)
make less active or intense
abate, let up, slack off, slack, die away(verb)
become less in amount or intensity
"The storm abated"; "The rain let up after a few hours"
cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water
Small coal; coal dust.
A valley, or small, shallow dell.
The part of anything that hangs loose, having no strain upon it.
The slack of a rope or of a sail.
A tidal marsh or shallow, that periodically fills and drains.
To mitigate; to reduce the strength of.
to procrastinate; to be lazy
to refuse or dislike exerting effort
slack dried hops
Lax; not tense; not hard drawn; not firmly extended.
a slack rope
Weak; not holding fast.
a slack hand
Remiss; backward; not using due diligence or care; not earnest or eager.
slack in duty or service
Not violent, rapid, or pressing.
Business is slack.
small coal; also, coal dust; culm
a valley, or small, shallow dell
lax; not tense; not hard drawn; not firmly extended; as, a slack rope
weak; not holding fast; as, a slack hand
remiss; backward; not using due diligence or care; not earnest or eager; as, slack in duty or service
not violent, rapid, or pressing; slow; moderate; easy; as, business is slack
slackly; as, slack dried hops
the part of anything that hangs loose, having no strain upon it; as, the slack of a rope or of a sail
alt. of Slacken
alt. of Slacken
Origin: [Icel. slakki a slope on a mountain edge.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
slak, adj. lax or loose: not firmly extended or drawn out: not holding fast, weak: not eager or diligent, inattentive: not violent or rapid, slow.—adv. in a slack manner: partially: insufficiently.—n. that part of a rope, belt, &c. which is slack or loose: a period of inactivity: a slack-water haul of a net.—vs.i. Slack, Slack′en, to become loose or less tight: to be remiss: to abate: to become slower: to fail or flag.—v.t. to make less tight: to loosen: to relax: to remit: to abate: to withhold: to use less liberally: to check: (B.) to delay.—v.t. Slack′-bake, to half-bake.—adj.—Slack′-hand′ed, remiss.—n. Slack′-jaw (slang), impudent talk.—adv. Slack′ly.—n. Slack′ness.—adj.—Slack′-salt′ed, insufficiently salted.—n. Slack′-wa′ter, ebb-tide: slow-moving water, as that above a dam.—adj. pertaining to slack-water.—Slack away, to ease off freely; Slack-in-stays, slow in going about, of a ship; Slack off, to ease off; Slack up, to ease off: to slow. [A.S. sleac; Sw. slak, Ice. slakr.]
slak, n. coal-dross. [Ger. schlacke.]
slak, n. (Scot.) a cleft between hills: a common: a boggy place. [Scand., Ice. slakki, a hill-slope.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
1. Space allocated to a disk file but not actually used to store useful information. The techspeak equivalent is ‘internal fragmentation’. Antonym: hole. 2. In the theology of the Church of the SubGenius, a mystical substance or quality that is the prerequisite of all human happiness.Since Unix files are stored compactly, except for the unavoidable wastage in the last block or fragment, it might be said that “Unix has no slack”. See ha ha only serious.
The numerical value of slack in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of slack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
Lawyers are always asking me if I will cut some slack for their clients. My standard answer is this is not Let's Make A Deal.
The sharp rise in pace of capacity utilization is of particular interest as it could be seen as an indication of accelerating resource slack absorption in the U.S. economy.
They've been arguing that the amount of excess slack in the economy has been understated thus far, and if that's what they believe, then that would argue for a later tightening.
An extremely positive number could cause some ripples particularly given the timing of a Fed rate hike, as it would suggest that any slack in the US labour market could disappear faster than anticipated.
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Translations for slack
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- trödeln, faulenzen, faul sein, schlaff, bummelnGerman
- flojo, carbonilla, charco, haraganear, relajarse, carboncillo, flojear, aflojarseSpanish
- löysästi, huolimaton, hiljainen, hiilipöly, notkelma, löysä, velttoilla, viivytellä, huolimattomasti, veltosti, hiilimurska, veltto, notko, kluuvi, vetelehtiä, löysäilläFinnish
- leibideach, ligeanIrish
- tatetate, pūngoheMāori
- tam, week, slak, slecht gemaakt, slap, treuzelenDutch
- лодырничать, лениться, небрежный, слабина, слабый, расслабленный, бездельничать, сачковать, ненатянутыйRussian
- mlohavo, odugovlačiti, opušteno, labavoSerbo-Croatian
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