What does slake mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quench, slake, allay, assuageverb

    satisfy (thirst)

    "The cold water quenched his thirst"

  2. slake, abate, slackverb

    make less active or intense

  3. slack, slakeverb

    cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water

    "slack lime"


  1. slakeverb

    Of a person: to become less energetic, to slacken in one's efforts.

  2. slakeverb

    To slacken; to become relaxed or loose.

  3. slakeverb

    To become less intense; to weaken, decrease in force.

  4. slakeverb

    To satisfy (thirst, or other desires); to quench.

  5. slakeverb

    To cool (something) with water or another liquid.

  6. Etymology: From slaken, from sleacian, from sleac.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Slakeverb

    Etymology: from slack, Skinner; from slock, Islandick, to quench, Mr. Lye.

    He did always strive
    Himself with salves to health for to restore,
    And slake the heavenly fire that raged evermore. Fa. Queen.

    If I digg’d up thy forefathers graves,
    And hung their rotten coffins up in chains,
    It could not slake mine ire, nor ease my heart. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    She with her cold hand slakes
    His spirits, the sparks of life, and chills his heart. Richard Crashaw.

    From Iülus’ head
    A lambent flame arose, which gently spread
    Around his brows, and on his temples fed:
    Amaz’d, with running water we prepare
    To quench the sacred fire, and slake his hair. Dryden.

    The fragrant fruit from bending branches shake,
    And with the crystal stream their thirst at pleasure slake. Richard Blackmore, Creation.

    Coarse are his meals, the fortune of the chace;
    Amidst the running stream he slakes his thirst. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    That which he saw happened to be fresh lime, and gathered before any rain had fallen to slake it. John Woodward.

  2. To Slakeverb

    To grow less tense; to be relaxed.

    Etymology: This is apparently from slack.

    If she the body’s nature did partake,
    Her strength would with the body’s strength decay;
    But when the body’s strongest sinews slake,
    Then is the soul most active, quick, and gay. Davies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slakeadjective

    to allay; to quench; to extinguish; as, to slake thirst

  2. Slakeadjective

    to mix with water, so that a true chemical combination shall take place; to slack; as, to slake lime

  3. Slakeverb

    to go out; to become extinct

  4. Slakeverb

    to abate; to become less decided

  5. Slakeverb

    to slacken; to become relaxed

  6. Slakeverb

    to become mixed with water, so that a true chemical combination takes place; as, the lime slakes

  7. Etymology: [OE. slaken to render slack, to slake, AS. sleacian, fr. sleac slack. See Slack, v. & a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Slake

    slāk, v.t. to quench: to extinguish: to mix with water: to make slack or inactive.—v.i. to go out: to become extinct.—adj. Slake′less, that cannot be slaked: inextinguishable. [A.S. sleacian, to grow slack—sleccan, to make slack—sleac, slack.]

  2. Slake

    slāk, n. a channel through a swamp or morass: slime. [Ice. slakki, a hill-slope.]

  3. Slake

    slāk, v.t. (Scot.) to besmear.—n. a slabbery daub. [Prob. conn. with Ice. sleikja, to lick; Ger. schlecken, to lick.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. slake

    An accumulation of mud or ooze in the bed of a river.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slake in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slake in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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