Definitions of slow

  1. of timepieces; " the clock is almost an hour slow"; " my watch is running behind"
  2. ( of business) not active or brisk; " business is dull ( or slow)"; " a sluggish market"
  3. without speed; " he spoke slowly"; " go easy here-- the road is slippery"; " glaciers move tardily"; (` slow' is sometimes used informally for ` slowly' as in" please go slow; I want to see the sights")
  4. become slow or slower; " Production slowed"
  5. cause to proceed more slowly; " The illness slowed him down"
  6. not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time; " a slow walker"; " the slow lane of traffic"; " her steps were slow"; " he was slow in reacting to the news"; " slow but steady growth"
  7. ( music) at a slow tempo; " the band played a slow waltz"
  8. ( used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time; " the clock is slow"
  9. at a slow tempo; " the band played a slow waltz"
  10. without speed (` slow' is sometimes used informally for ` slowly'); " he spoke slowly"; " go easy here-- the road is slippery"; " glaciers move tardily"; " please go slow so I can see the sights"
  11. imp. of Slee, to slay. Slew.
  12. Moving a short space in a relatively long time; not swift; not quick in motion; not rapid; moderate; deliberate; as, a slow stream; a slow motion.
  13. Not happening in a short time; gradual; late.
  14. Not ready; not prompt or quick; dilatory; sluggish; as, slow of speech, and slow of tongue.
  15. Not hasty; not precipitate; acting with deliberation; tardy; inactive.
  16. Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time; as, the clock or watch is slow.
  17. Not advancing or improving rapidly; as, the slow growth of arts and sciences.
  18. Heavy in wit; not alert, prompt, or spirited; wearisome; dull.
  19. Slowly.
  20. To render slow; to slacken the speed of; to retard; to delay; as, to slow a steamer.
  21. A moth.
  22. Not quick or rapid in motion; as, a slow step; not prompt; as, slow in arriving; occupying a long time; as, slow progress; not rash or hasty; as, slow to anger; dull or stupid; as, a slow pupil; not up to time; as, the clock is slow.
  23. To move with less speed; as, the train slowed down.
  24. To cause to move with less speed; to delay.
  25. Slowness.
  26. Not swift: late: behind in time: not hasty: not ready: not progressive.
  27. Not swift; not prompt; behind time.
  28. To slacken in speed.
  29. Not quick or swift; dull; sluggish.
  30. Behind the standard, as a timepiece.
  31. Not quick in motion; not ready; dull; inactive; tardy; not hasty; behind in time; not advancing rapidly.
  32. Not quick in motion; less speedy than usual, or than what might be expected; not ready or prompt, as in speech; dilatory; inactive; dull; behind in time, as a clock.

Usage examples for slow

  1. But man is so slow in recognising this fact. – An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy by W. Tudor Jones
  2. You are five and a half minutes too slow by that clock, Willoughby. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. What made Captain Jules so slow? – Madge Morton's Victory by Amy D.V. Chalmers
  4. He got up, and even made one slow step towards the door; but he did not go out, nor did he seem afraid of me. – A Witch of the Hills, v. 1-2 by Florence Warden
  5. In the same slow beat he shook his head. – The Cavalier by George Washington Cable
  6. A long, slow rain fell softly. – Melomaniacs by James Huneker
  7. " Go slow there, Ned," said the captain. – Bob the Castaway by Frank V. Webster
  8. Presently he went on, but quite calm and slow. – Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes
  9. Mrs. Upjohn was a little slow about taking anything in. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  10. As with Father, the word came easy but the blow was slow to follow. – My Boyhood by John Burroughs
  11. " We'll have to slow down," he explained to Jack. – The Boy Allies with Uncle Sams Cruisers by Ensign Robert L. Drake
  12. The journey had been so slow from Wilanow." – The Vultures by Henry Seton Merriman
  13. Maybe he could win her confidence, if he went slow... – The Planet Strappers by Raymond Zinke Gallun
  14. I took another breath- a very very slow breath. – The Very Black by Dean Evans
  15. I like to hear you say that; but," with a slow shake of the head, " I'm afraid it's true. – Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir by Charles Garvice
  16. Let us go slow, friend, he said. – Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers
  17. But really he has a slow time. – To Him That Hath A Novel Of The West Of Today by Ralph Connor
  18. Come, come, Valmai; how slow you are, fanwylyd. – By Berwen Banks by Allen Raine
  19. And they were going slow. – Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg