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v. slaked, slak·ing, slakes
a. To satisfy (a craving); quench: slaked her thirst.
b. Archaic To lessen the force or intensity of; moderate: slaking his anger.
2. To combine (lime) chemically with water or moist air.
To undergo a slaking process; crumble or disintegrate, as lime.
[Middle English slaken, to abate, from Old English slacian, from slæc, slack, sluggish; see slack1.]
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1. (tr) literary to satisfy (thirst, desire, etc)
2. (tr) poetic to cool or refresh
3. (Chemistry) Also: slack to undergo or cause to undergo the process in which lime reacts with water or moist air to produce calcium hydroxide
4. archaic to make or become less active or intense
[Old English slacian, from slæc slack1; related to Dutch slaken to diminish, Icelandic slaka]
ˈslakable, ˈslakeable adj
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v. slaked, slak•ing. v.t.
1. to allay (thirst, desire, wrath, etc.) by satisfying; quench.
2. to cool or refresh.
3. to cause disintegration of (lime) by treatment with water.v.i.
4. (of lime) to become slaked.
[before 1000; Middle English slaken, Old English slacian to slacken]
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Past participle: slaked
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To mix cornflour or a similar ingredient with a cold liquid to make a thin paste before adding a hot liquid to cook the starch.
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|Verb||1.||slake - satisfy (thirst); "The cold water quenched his thirst"|
|2.||slake - make less active or intense|
|3.||slake - cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water; "slack lime"|
hydrate - cause to be hydrated; add water or moisture to; "hydrate your skin"
air-slake - alter by exposure to air with conversion at least in part to a carbonate; "air-slake lime"
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to slake one's thirst → étancher sa soif
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slake[sleɪk] vt (liter) (one's thirst) → spegnere
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