Slackening
Slack Slack, Slacken Slack"en, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Slacked}, {Slackened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slacking}, {Slackening}.] [See {Slack}, a.] 1. To become slack; to be made less tense, firm, or rigid; to decrease in tension; as, a wet cord slackens in dry weather. [1913 Webster]

2. To be remiss or backward; to be negligent. [1913 Webster]

3. To lose cohesion or solidity by a chemical combination with water; to slake; as, lime slacks. [1913 Webster]

4. To abate; to become less violent. [1913 Webster]

Whence these raging fires Will slacken, if his breath stir not their flames. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. To lose rapidity; to become more slow; as, a current of water slackens. [1913 Webster]

6. To languish; to fail; to flag. [1913 Webster]

7. To end; to cease; to desist; to slake. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

That through your death your lineage should slack. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

They will not of that firste purpose slack. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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