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SLACK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does slack mean? 

SLACK (noun)
  The noun SLACK has 6 senses:

1. dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve
2. a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality
3. a stretch of water without current or movement
4. a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
5. the condition of being loose (not taut)
6. a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely

  Familiarity information: SLACK used as a noun is common.


SLACK (adjective)
  The adjective SLACK has 4 senses:

1. not tense or taut
2. lacking in strength or firmness or resilience
3. flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide
4. lacking in rigor or strictness

  Familiarity information: SLACK used as an adjective is uncommon.


SLACK (verb)
  The verb SLACK has 8 senses:

1. avoid responsibilities and work, be idle
2. be inattentive to, or neglect
3. release tension on
4. make less active or fast
5. become slow or slower
6. make less active or intense
7. become less in amount or intensity
8. cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water

  Familiarity information: SLACK used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SLACK (noun)


Sense 1slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("slack" is a kind of...):

debris; detritus; dust; junk; rubble (the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up)


Sense 2slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A noticeable deterioration in performance or quality

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

slump; falloff; falling off; drop-off; slack

Context examples:

the team went into a slump / a gradual slack in output / a drop-off in attendance / a falloff in quality

Hypernyms ("slack" is a kind of...):

declension; decline in quality; deterioration; worsening (process of changing to an inferior state)


Sense 3slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A stretch of water without current or movement

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

slack water; slack

Context example:

suddenly they were in a slack and the water was motionless

Hypernyms ("slack" is a kind of...):

stretch (a large and unbroken expanse or distance)


Sense 4slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

quagmire; quag; morass; mire; slack

Hypernyms ("slack" is a kind of...):

bog; peat bog (wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation; has poorer drainage than a swamp; soil is unfit for cultivation but can be cut and dried and used for fuel)


Sense 5slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The condition of being loose (not taut)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

slackness; slack

Context example:

he hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope

Hypernyms ("slack" is a kind of...):

looseness; play (movement or space for movement)


Sense 6slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

he took up the slack

Hypernyms ("slack" is a kind of...):

cord (a line made of twisted fibers or threads)


SLACK (adjective)


Sense 1slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not tense or taut

Synonyms:

slack; loose

Context examples:

the old man's skin hung loose and grey / slack and wrinkled skin / slack sails / a slack rope

Similar:

lax (not taut or rigid; not stretched or held tight)


Sense 2slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking in strength or firmness or resilience

Synonyms:

limp; flaccid; slack; lax

Context examples:

flaccid muscles / took his lax hand in hers / gave a limp handshake / a limp gesture as if waving away all desire to know / a slack grip

Similar:

weak (having little physical or spiritual strength)


Sense 3slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Context example:

slack water

Similar:

standing ((of fluids) not moving or flowing)


Sense 4slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking in rigor or strictness

Synonyms:

lax; slack

Context examples:

such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable / lax in attending classes / slack in maintaining discipline

Similar:

negligent (characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern)


SLACK (verb)


Sense 1slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Avoid responsibilities and work, be idle

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "slack" is one way to...):

fiddle; goldbrick; shirk; shrink from (avoid (one's assigned duties))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 2slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be inattentive to, or neglect

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

He slacks his attention

Hypernyms (to "slack" is one way to...):

neglect (fail to attend to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Release tension on

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

slack the rope

Hypernyms (to "slack" is one way to...):

loose; loosen (make loose or looser)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make less active or fast

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

slack up; slacken; slack; relax

Context examples:

He slackened his pace as he got tired / Don't relax your efforts now

Hypernyms (to "slack" is one way to...):

decrease; lessen; minify (make smaller)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become slow or slower

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

slow up; slacken; slow down; slow; slack

Context example:

Production slowed

Hypernyms (to "slack" is one way to...):

weaken (become weaker)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 6slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make less active or intense

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

abate; slake; slack

Hypernyms (to "slack" is one way to...):

decrease; lessen; minify (make smaller)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 7slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become less in amount or intensity

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

die away; let up; slack off; abate; slack

Context examples:

The storm abated / The rain let up after a few hours

Hypernyms (to "slack" is one way to...):

decrease; diminish; fall; lessen (decrease in size, extent, or range)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 8slack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

slake; slack

Context example:

slack lime

Hypernyms (to "slack" is one way to...):

hydrate (cause to be hydrated; add water or moisture to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "slack"):

air-slake (alter by exposure to air with conversion at least in part to a carbonate)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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