Definitions of slack

  1. To become less tense; to be remiss; to lose cohesion; to abate; to become slower; to languish.
  2. To loosen; relax; retard.
  3. make less active or fast; " He slackened his pace as he got tired"; " Don't relax your efforts now"
  4. avoid responsibilities and work, be idle
  5. cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water, as of lime
  6. become slow or slower; " Production slowed"
  7. To loosen; to become less rigit; to make less tense or tight; to abate; to diminish in severity; to neglect; to deprive of the power of cohesion, as burnt limeshall- properly slake, which see.
  8. Lax; not tense; not hard drawn; not firmly extended; as, a slack rope.
  9. Weak; not holding fast; as, a slack hand.
  10. Remiss; backward; not using due diligence or care; not earnest or eager; as, slack in duty or service.
  11. Not violent, rapid, or pressing; slow; moderate; easy; as, business is slack.
  12. a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely; " he took of the slack"
  13. the condition of being loose ( not taut); " he hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope"
  14. a stretch of water without current or movement; " suddenly they were in slack water"
  15. Small coal; also, coal dust; culm.
  16. A valley, or small, shallow dell.
  17. The part of anything that hangs loose, having no strain upon it; as, the slack of a rope or of a sail.
  18. That part of anything, as a wire, etc., that hangs down loose.
  19. Slackness.
  20. Relaxed part of a rope.
  21. The part of anything, as a rope, that hangs down loosely between supports; also, a slack condition.
  22. Small coal; coal screenings.
  23. The part of a rope that hangs loose; a dull season in trade; small coal. Slack- water, the interval between the ebb and flow of the tide. Slack in stays, slow in going about.
  24. The part of a rope which has no strain upon it; a kind of small broken coal.
  25. Slackly; as, slack dried hops.
  26. Slackly.
  27. Partially; not intensely.
  28. flowing with little speed as e. g. at the turning of the tide; " slack water"
  29. not tense or taut; " the old man's skin hung loose and gray"; " slack and wrinkled skin"; " slack sails"; " a slack rope"
  30. a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely; " he took up the slack"
  31. 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"
  32. dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve
  33. cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water; " slack lime"
  34. become less in amount or intensity; " The storm abated"; " The rain let up after a few hours"
  35. release tension on; " slack the rope"
  36. be inattentive to, or neglect; " He slacks his attention"
  37. Relaxed or loose; weak; slow; sluggish; not pressing; dull; as, business is slack; negligent.
  38. Lax or loose: not firmly extended or drawn out: not holding fast: weak: not eager or diligent: inattentive: not violent or rapid: slow.
  39. Loose; relaxed; not eager or diligent; slow.
  40. To make or become slack; relax; remit; abate.
  41. Loose; remiss; careless; listless; feeble.
  42. Not tense; not hard drawn; not holding fast; remiss; not earnest or eager; not violent; not rapid; not brisk.
  43. Loose; relaxed; not tightly extended; backward; not busy, as applied to business; not using due diligence.