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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It is a beautiful path, my son," said the Old Politician, without either slackening his pace or turning his head, "and it leadeth among pleasant scenes.
Slackening his pace for a moment, he leaned over and spoke.
As I trotted along, however, chewing the cud of - bitter fancies, I heard another horse at no great distance behind me; but I never conjectured who the rider might be, or troubled my head about him, till, on slackening my pace to ascend a gentle acclivity, or rather, suffering my horse to slacken his pace into a lazy walk - for, rapt in my own reflections, I was letting it jog on as leisurely as it thought proper - I lost ground, and my fellow- traveller overtook me.
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.
The slackening thump of his feet on the ground, the heavier and heavier gasps in which he drew his breath, as he passed the window, gave warning that his strength was failing him.
He was still going round and round, but very slowly: his pace was fast slackening to a walk.
Such unpleasantries are now a thing of the past with the slackening of the once-strict traffic laws.
Quarterly slackening of growth rates of the accumulated profits of the Armenian banks has been observed in 2012.
Taking a simplistic look at St Helens' 46-22 win over Bradford last Friday, you'd say it was a simple case of us having the game in the bag about an hour in, when we were 40-0 up, then slackening off in the latter stages.
Although United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insisted there would be no slackening off even though the title was won a fortnight ago, it was hard not to notice a slackening in attitude from the hosts.
And although United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insisted there would be no slackening off by the Champions, even though the title was won a fortnight ago, it was hard not to notice a slackening in attitude from the hosts.
Nord-Lock added a new dimension of safety to bolt security with the launch of its X-series washer, X-series combines Nord-Lock's wedge-locking protection against spontaneous bolt loosening (due to vibration and dynamic loads) with an exclusive spring effect that protects against slackening due to settlement and relaxation.