Definitions for slack
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word 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
slump, slack, drop-off, falloff, falling offnoun
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 waternoun
a stretch of water without current or movement
"suddenly they were in a slack and the water was motionless"
mire, quagmire, quag, morass, slacknoun
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, relaxverb
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, slackenverb
become slow or slower
slake, abate, slackverb
make less active or intense
abate, let up, slack off, slack, die awayverb
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: sleac , Saxon; slaken, Islandick; yslack, Welsh; laxus, Latin.
The vein in the arm is that which Aretæus commonly opens; and he gives a particular caution in this case to make a slack compression, for fear of exciting a convulsion. Arbuthn.
Thus much help and furtherance is more yielded, in that, if so be our zeal and devotion to Godward be slack, the alacrity and fervour of others serveth as a present spur. Richard Hooker.
Seeing his soldiers slack and timorous, he reproved them of cowardice and treason. Richard Knolles.
Nor were it just, would he resume that shape,
That slack devotion should his thunder ’scape. Edmund Waller.
Rebellion now began, for lack
Of zeal and plunder, to grow slack. Hudibras.
Their pace was formal, grave, and slack:
His nimble wit out-ran the heavy pack. Dryden.
A handful of slack dried hops spoil many pounds, by taking away their pleasant smell. John Mortimer, Husbandry.
All his joints relax’d:
From his slack hand the garland wreath’d for Eve
Down dropp’d, and all the faded roses shed. John Milton.
Small coal; coal broken in small parts.
Etymology: from the verb To slack.
To Slack, To Slackenverb
Ah generous youth, that wish forbear;
Slack all thy sails, and fear to come. Dryden.
Had Ajax been employ’d, our slacken’d sails
Had still at Aulis waited happy gales. Dryden.
This makes the pulses beat, and lungs respire;
This holds the sinews like a bridle’s reins,
And makes the body to advance, retire,
To turn or stop, as she them slacks or strains. Davies.
Taught power’s due use to people and to kings,
Taught nor to slack nor strain its tender strings. Alexander Pope.
Men, having been brought up at home under a strict rule of duty, always restrained by sharp penalties from lewd behaviour, so soon as they come thither, where they see laws more slackly tended, and the hard restraint, which they were used unto, now slacked, they grow more loose. Edmund Spenser.
If there be cure or charm
To respite or deceive, or slack the pain
Of this ill mansion. John Milton, Paradise Lost.
On our account has Jove,
Indulgent, to all moons some succulent plant
Allow’d, that poor helpless man might slack
His present thirst, and matter find for toil. Philips.
Are you, great pow’rs, and th’ unbated strength
Of a firm conscience; which shall arm each step
Ta’en for the state, and teach me slack no pace. Ben Jonson.
With such delay well pleas’d, they slack their course. John Milton.
You may sooner by imagination quicken or slack a motion, than raise or cease it; as it is easier to make a dog go slower than make him stand still. Francis Bacon.
This doctrine must supersede and slacken all industry and endeavour, which is the lowest degree of that which hath been promised to be accepted by Christ; and leave nothing to us to deliberate or attempt, but only to obey our fate. Henry Hammond.
Extol not riches then, the toil of fools,
The wise man’s cumbrance, if not snare; more apt
To slacken virtue, and abate her edge,
Than prompt her to do aught may merit praise. John Milton.
Balls of this metal slack’d Atlanta’s pace,
And on the am’rous youth bestow’d the race. Edmund Waller.
One conduces to the poet’s aim, which he is driving on in every line: the other slackens his pace, and diverts him from his way. Dryden.
Here have I seen the king, when great affairs
Gave leave to slacken and unbend his cares,
Attended to the chase by all the flow’r
Of youth, whose hopes a nobler prey devour. John Denham.
He that so generally is good, must of necessity hold his virtue to you, whose worthiness would stir it up where it wanted, rather than slack it where there is such abundance. William Shakespeare.
Some unslacked lime cover with ashes, and let it stand ’till rain comes to slack the lime; then spread them together. John Mortimer.
Why might not you, my lord, receive attendance
From those that she calls servants, or from mine?
—— If then they chanc’d to slack ye,
We could controul them. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
This good chance, that thus much favoureth,
He slacks not. Samuel Daniel, Civil War.
Slack not the good presage, while heav’n inspires
Our minds to dare, and gives the ready fires. Dryden.
I should be griev’d, young prince, to think my presence
Unbent your thoughts, and slacken’d ’em to arms. Addison.
To Slack, To Slackenverb
Etymology: from the adjective.
When thou shalt vow a vow unto the Lord, slack not to pay it. Deutr. xxiii. 21.
The fire, in lime burnt, lies hid, so that it appears to be cold; but water excites it again, whereby it slacks and crumbles into fine powder. Joseph Moxon, Mech. Exer.
Whence these raging fires
Will slacken, if his breath stir not their flames. John Milton.
Slack can have multiple meanings depending on the context: 1) In business, Slack is a renowned communication platform used by teams for messaging, collaboration, and sharing files. 2) In project management, slack refers to the amount of time that a task in a project can be delayed without causing a delay to other tasks or the project as a whole. 3) In broader terms, slack can also refer to lacking in activity, not being busy, being slow, or idle. 4) In everyday language, 'giving someone slack' means to not judge or criticize them harshly, allowing them some freedom or leeway in their behavior or performance.
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
Etymology: [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.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The part of a rope or sail that hangs loose.--To slack, is to decrease in tension or velocity; as, "Slack the laniard of our main-stay;" or "The tide slackens."
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Slack is ranked #2692 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Slack surname appeared 13,377 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Slack.
82.9% or 11,096 total occurrences were White.
11.6% or 1,554 total occurrences were Black.
2.6% or 354 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.8% or 247 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.5% or 70 total occurrences were Asian.
0.4% or 56 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
The numerical value of slack in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of slack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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.
If this got outa hand any kind of way I apologize.-Mayoral Candidate Melvin Slack to Activist Greshun De Bouse concerning putting her in a chokehold.
The goal is to get Teams to be used by as many people as possible, while this could put pressure on Slack to lift their restrictions, it's not that simple as they play a key part in Slack's freemium to premium monetization.
Stop telling her you're sorry- Judge Brady O’Callaghan to politician Melvin G. Slack in a September 1, 2022 protective order hearing, after Slack apologized repeatedly to Global Activist Greshun De Bouse concerning putting her in a chokehold
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.
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Translations for slack
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- schlaff, faul sein, faulenzen, trödeln, bummelnGerman
- flojo, carboncillo, flojear, aflojarse, relajarse, carbonilla, haraganear, charcoSpanish
- löysäillä, veltosti, huolimaton, löysästi, huolimattomasti, hiilimurska, viivytellä, veltto, notko, velttoilla, löysä, kluuvi, notkelma, hiljainen, vetelehtiä, hiilipölyFinnish
- ligean, leibideachIrish
- pūngohe, tatetateMāori
- tam, week, slap, slecht gemaakt, slak, treuzelenDutch
- сачковать, лодырничать, лениться, небрежный, ненатянутый, слабина, слабый, расслабленный, бездельничатьRussian
- opušteno, odugovlačiti, mlohavo, labavoSerbo-Croatian
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