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slack 1

adj. slack·er, slack·est
1. Not tense or taut; loose: a slack rope; slack muscles. See Synonyms at loose.
a. Lacking in activity; not busy: a slack season for the travel business.
b. Moving slowly; sluggish: a slack pace.
3. Lacking in diligence or due care or concern; negligent: a slack worker. See Synonyms at negligent.
4. Flowing or blowing with little speed: a slack current; slack winds.
5. Linguistics Pronounced with the muscles of the tongue and jaw relatively relaxed; lax.
v. slacked, slack·ing, slacks
a. To make looser or less taut: slacked the sail.
b. To make slower: slacked our pace.
2. To be careless or remiss in doing: slack one's duty.
3. To slake (lime).
1. To be or become slack.
2. To be inactive or avoid work: slacked around the house all day.
1. A loose part, as of a rope or sail: hauled in the slack.
2. A period of little activity; a lull: a slack in business.
a. A cessation of movement in a current of air or water.
b. An area of still water.
4. Unused capacity: still some slack in the economy.
5. slacks Casual pants that are not part of a suit.
In a slack manner: a banner hanging slack.
Phrasal Verb:
slack off
1. To decrease in activity or intensity.
2. To work less intensely than is required or expected: slacked off at work and started surfing the internet.
cut/give (someone) some slack
Slang To make an allowance for (someone), as in allowing more time to finish something.

[Middle English slak, from Old English slæc; see slēg- in Indo-European roots.]

slack′ly adv.
slack′ness n.

slack 2

A mixture of coal fragments, coal dust, and dirt that remains after screening coal.

[Middle English sleck.]

slack 3

n. Chiefly British
1. A small dell or hollow.
2. A bog; a morass.

[Middle English slak, from Old Norse slakki.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.slackly - in a relaxed manner; not rigid; "his hands lay loosely"
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[ˈslæklɪ] ADV
1. (lit) [hang] → flojamente
2. (fig) [work] → sin poner cuidado, negligentemente
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(= loosely, floppily)schlaff; holdlocker; hangschlaff, lose
(= carelessly, sloppily)schlampig
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(slӕk) adjective
1. loose; not firmly stretched. Leave the rope slack.
2. not firmly in position. He tightened a few slack screws.
3. not strict; careless. He is very slack about getting things done.
4. in industry etc, not busy; inactive. Business has been rather slack lately.
ˈslacken verb
(sometimes with off or up).
1. to make or become looser. She felt his grip on her arm slacken.
2. to make or become less busy, less active or less fast. The doctor told him to slacken up if he wanted to avoid a heart-attack.
ˈslackly adverb
ˈslackness noun
slacks noun plural
trousers, usually loose-fitting, worn informally by men or women. a pair of slacks.
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References in classic literature ?
Archer's black brocade, while Miss Archer's brown and purple poplins hung, as the years went on, more and more slackly on her virgin frame.
I had been forced to loosen my grasp on expectation; and, but an hour ago, had sunk slackly under the discouraging thought that the current of life, and the impulse of destiny, had swept her for ever from my reach; and, behold, while bending suddenly earthward beneath the pressure of despondency--while following with my eyes the track of sorrow on the turf of a graveyard--here was my lost jewel dropped on the tear-fed herbage, nestling in the messy and mouldy roots of yew-trees.
"I really don't know." Slackly lying back in her armchair, she watched the little flames beginning to creep among the coals indifferently, as if they, too, were very distant and indifferent.
Elgin's first attack came as Darren McGregor gave the ball away slackly but Kane Hester was adjudged offside as he broke through.
I am not twenty-one, yet I am given some responsibility over organizing every election in Kane County, and it is you, Elgin, who have trusted me with such ability, but when you do something as appalling as removing my choice to purchase cigarettes I can no longer sit slackly by and let these pompous pricks in their high castles turn my city communist by defecating on us lowly, dumb, adults that aren't three years as old as other adults.
As with pipe flow, the flow through packed beds can also be slackly categorized by the Reynolds number, but this is complex further by the presence of several forms of Reynolds number, based on changed parameters and length scales and each with unique perilous values for the onset of turbulence.
As Charlotte Brunsdon suggests, soap opera connotes "slackly written, cheaply produced, poorly acted ...
Indeed, in a process that can best be described as Orwellian, advocates of mass immigration and multiculturalism in contemporary Britain have pushed a mantra that, by virtue of insistent repetition, has settled into common knowledge, slackly intoned by politicians, government ministers, and Guardian opinion writers and lazily slotted into White Papers, government leaflets, and advocacy group reports.
not dead, though it was foully wet, and its thick lips hung slackly open, and seaweed lay plastered upon the cheeks, even though the flat nostrils showed crumbled and gnawed away, as if by fish.
Gaunt children with protruding bellies lay slackly in their mothers' arms as one of the most severe droughts in recorded history ravaged the Sahel.
I looked at my father then for a long moment, at his slackly kind face and at the zipper on his cardigan; this morning in the Venetian blind-filtered light of the Extended Stay Motel we were too busy and tired to ever move out of I'd helped him match up the teeth of the thing below the slope of his belly, a task that always gave him trouble, and now it had come undone.
The game was wide open, but Everton just had the attacking edge with Steven Pienaar keen to atone for slackly conceding the corner in the build-up to Swansea's goal.