slackening


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slack·en

 (slăk′ən)
tr. & intr.v. slack·ened, slack·en·ing, slack·ens
1. To make or become slower; slow down: The runners slackened their pace. Air speed slackened.
2. To make or become less tense, taut, or firm; loosen: I slackened the line to let the fish swim. The sail's sheet slackened as the wind died.
3. To make or become less vigorous, intense, or severe; ease: slacken discipline; afraid that morale might slacken.

slackening

(ˈslækənɪŋ)
n
an act of becoming looseran act of becoming less intense, slower, etc
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.slackening - an occurrence of control or strength weakeningslackening - an occurrence of control or strength weakening; "the relaxation of requirements"; "the loosening of his grip"; "the slackening of the wind"
weakening - becoming weaker
thaw - a relaxation or slackening of tensions or reserve; becoming less hostile; "the thaw between the United States and Russia has led to increased cooperation in world affairs"

slackening

noun
The act or process of becoming less active or intense:
Translations

slackening

[ˈslæknɪŋ] N
1. (= loosening) [of rope] → aflojamiento m; [of muscles] → pérdida f de tensión
2. (= reduction in amount, intensity) → disminución f
there must be no slackening of vigilance/disciplineno debe bajarse la guardia/relajarse la disciplina

slackening

n (= loosening)Lockern nt; (= reduction)Abnahme f; (of rate of development, speed)Verlangsamung f; (of wind, efforts, market)Abflauen nt; there is no slackening off in the demanddie Nachfrage ist nicht zurückgegangen
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When we came to a hill, instead of slackening her pace, she would throw her weight right into the collar, and pull away straight up.
Trimming beef off the bones by the hundred-weight, while standing up from early morning till late at night, with heavy boots on and the floor always damp and full of puddles, liable to be thrown out of work indefinitely because of a slackening in the trade, liable again to be kept overtime in rush seasons, and be worked till she trembled in every nerve and lost her grip on her slimy knife, and gave herself a poisoned wound--that was the new life that unfolded itself before Marija.
Toward the end, Kirke felt the clasp of the burning fingers slackening round his hand.
At five o'clock, the log showed that the speed of the Nautilus was slackening, and I knew that it was allowing them to draw nearer.
The coachman entered and traversed the half-circle without slackening his speed, and the gates were closed ere the wheels had ceased to sound on the gravel.
Thus spoke the mighty god, crying to them from the city, while Jove's redoubtable daughter, the Trito-born, went about among the host of the Achaeans, and urged them forward whenever she beheld them slackening.
As they went, there was a sudden rise in the ground; but the horses, breathing heavily, dashed up it at racing speed, not slackening their pace when the hill fell away again, leaving them to hurry along the downgrade.
Slackening his pace for a moment, he leaned over and spoke.
So you've really got to Bun Hill at last, Teddy," said old Tom, beginning to talk and slackening his pace so soon as they were out of range of old Jessica.
The general looked the captain up and down as he came up panting, slackening his pace as he approached.
Without slackening his pace, he turned his eyes in the direction she indicated.
When they had come to an end, or, to speak more accurately, when Helen intimated by a slight slackening of her attention that they had sat there long enough, Hirst rose, exclaiming, "So there's no reason whatever for all this mystery