Definitions of slacken

  1. To become less tense; to be remiss; to lose cohesion; to abate; to become slower; to languish.
  2. To loosen; relax; retard.
  3. To render slack; to make less tense or firm; as, to slack a rope; to slacken a bandage.
  4. To neglect; to be remiss in.
  5. To deprive of cohesion by combining chemically with water; to slake; as, to slack lime.
  6. To cause to become less eager; to repress; to make slow or less rapid; to retard; as, to slacken pursuit; to slacken industry.
  7. To cause to become less intense; to mitigate; to abate; to ease.
  8. To loosen; to make less; as, to slacken speed. Also, slack.
  9. To become less firm, tense, or rigid; be less diligent; become slower; slake.
  10. make less active or fast; " He slackened his pace as he got tired"; " Don't relax your efforts now"
  11. become slow or slower; " Production slowed"
  12. 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.
  13. A spongy, semivitrifled substance which miners or smelters mix with the ores of metals to prevent their fusion.
  14. Among miners, a spongy semi- vitrified substance, mixed with the ores of metals, to prevent their fusion.
  15. In metallurgy, spongy, slaggy materials mixed with ores to prevent their fusion whilst roasting.
  16. To lose cohesion or solidity by a chemical combination with water; to slake; as, lime slacks.
  17. To abate; to become less violent.
  18. To lose rapidity; to become more slow; as, a current of water slackens.
  19. To languish; to fail; to flag.
  20. To end; to cease; to desist; to slake.