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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slack, slack waternoun

    a stretch of water without current or movement

    "suddenly they were in a slack and the water was motionless"

  2. slack water, slack tidenoun

    the occurrence of relatively still water at the turn of the (low) tide


  1. Slack Water

    "Slack Water" is the tenth episode of the American television police procedural fantasy drama Awake, which originally aired on NBC on May 3, 2012. Written by Noelle Valdivia and directed by Nick Gomez, "Slack Water" was watched by 2.15 million viewers, including 0.7 percent of those aged between 18 and 49 in Nielsen ratings, upon its initial broadcast in the United States. Critics were largely positive in their reviews of the installment. Awake centers on Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs), a detective living in two separate realities after a car accident. In one reality, in which he wears a red wristband, his wife Hannah (Laura Allen) survived the accident, and in another reality, in which he wears a green wristband, his son Rex (Dylan Minnette) survived. In this episode, Michael and Isaiah "Bird" Freeman (Steve Harris) are investigating what seems to be a case of gang violence. However, the clues shown to Michael in another reality suggests something deeper. Meanwhile, Hannah is trying to talk through a tough situation with Rex's girlfriend Emma (Daniela Bobadilla). Some commentators praised the storylines of the "red reality", but criticized the arcs of the "green reality". Laura Innes' guest performance as Tricia Harper was also critically acclaimed. This episode marked the second absence of Rex, as well as the show's two therapists: Dr. Jonathan Lee (BD Wong) and Dr. Judith Evans (Cherry Jones). It was filmed in Los Angeles, California, while sixteen guest actors starred in this episode.


  1. Slack water

    Slack water, which used to be known as 'The stand of the tide', is a short period in a body of tidal water either side of high water or low water essentially when the water is completely unstressed, and therefore with no rise or fall of the tide and no movement either way in the tidal stream, and which occurs before the direction of the tidal stream reverses. Slack water can be estimated using a tide table, a tidal atlas or the tidal diamond information on a nautical chart. Tide tables, which tabulate the time of high and low water, are generally only published for Standard Ports. To determine the time of slack water at less important locations, the time difference between the time of high water at the Standard Port and at that location also needs to be known. For scuba divers, the absence of a flow means that less effort is required to swim, and there is less likelihood of drifting away from a vessel or shore. Slack water can reduce underwater visibility, as there is no flow to remove debris such as sand or mud. In areas with potentially dangerous tides and currents, it is standard practice for divers to plan a dive at slack times. For any vessel, a favourable flow will improve the vessel's speed over the bottom for a given speed in the water. Difficult channels are also more safely navigated during slack water, as any flow may set a vessel out of a channel and into danger.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. slack water

    The interval between the flux and reflux of the tide, as between the last of the ebb and first of the flood, or vice versâ, during which the water remains apparently quiescent.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slack water in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slack water in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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    cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
    • A. fluster
    • B. flub
    • C. exacerbate
    • D. suffuse

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