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  10  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Slack  \Slack\,  a.  [Compar.  {Slacker};  superl.  {Slackest}.]  [OE. 
  slak,  AS  sleac;  akin  to  OS  slak,  OHG.  slah,  Prov.  G. 
  schlack,  Icel.  slakr,  Sw  slak;  cf  Skr.  s[.r]j  to  let  loose, 
  to  throw.  Cf  {Slake}.] 
  Lax;  not  tense;  not  hard  drawn;  not  firmly  extended;  as  a 
  slack  rope. 
 
  2.  Weak;  not  holding  fast  as  a  slack  hand.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  Remiss;  backward;  not  using  due  diligence  or  care  not 
  earnest  or  eager;  as  slack  in  duty  or  service. 
 
  The  Lord  is  not  slack  concerning  his  promise,  as 
  some  men  count  slackness.  --2  Pet.  iii. 
  9. 
 
  4.  Not  violent,  rapid,  or  pressing;  slow;  moderate;  easy;  as 
  business  is  slack.  ``With  slack  pace.''  --Chaucer. 
 
  C?sar  .  .  .  about  sunset,  hoisting  sail  with  a  slack 
  southwest,  at  midnight  was  becalmed.  --Milton. 
 
  {Slack  in  stays}  (Naut.),  slow  in  going  about  as  a  ship. 
 
  {Slack  water},  the  time  when  the  tide  runs  slowly,  or  the 
  water  is  at  rest;  or  the  interval  between  the  flux  and 
  reflux  of  the  tide. 
 
  {Slack-water  navigation},  navigation  in  a  stream  the  depth  of 
  which  has  been  increased,  and  the  current  diminished,  by  a 
  dam  or  dams. 
 
  Syn:  Loose;  relaxed;  weak;  remiss;  backward;  abated; 
  diminished;  inactive;  slow;  tardy;  dull. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Slack  \Slack\,  n.  [Cf.  {Slag}.] 
  Small  coal;  also  coal  dust;  culm.  --Raymond. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Slack  \Slack\,  n.  [Icel.  slakki  a  slope  on  a  mountain  edge.] 
  A  valley,  or  small  shallow  dell.  [Prov.  Eng.]  --Grose. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Slack  \Slack\,  Slacken  \Slack"en\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  render  slack;  to  make  less  tense  or  firm;  as  to  slack 
  a  rope;  to  slacken  a  bandage.  --Wycklif  (Acts  xxvii.  40) 
 
  2.  To  neglect;  to  be  remiss  in  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  Slack  not  the  pressage.  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  To  deprive  of  cohesion  by  combining  chemically  with  water; 
  to  slake;  as  to  slack  lime. 
 
  4.  To  cause  to  become  less  eager;  to  repress;  to  make  slow  or 
  less  rapid;  to  retard;  as  to  slacken  pursuit;  to  slacken 
  industry.  ``Rancor  for  to  slack.''  --Chaucer. 
 
  I  should  be  grieved,  young  prince,  to  think  my 
  presence  Unbent  your  thoughts,  and  slackened  'em  to 
  arms.  --Addison. 
 
  In  this  business  of  growing  rich,  poor  men  should 
  slack  their  pace.  --South. 
 
  With  such  delay  Well  plased,  they  slack  their 
  course.  --Milton. 
 
  5.  To  cause  to  become  less  intense;  to  mitigate;  to  abate;  to 
  ease. 
 
  To  respite,  or  deceive,  or  slack  thy  pain  Of  this 
  ill  mansion.  --Milton. 
 
  {Air-slacked  lime},  lime  slacked  by  exposure  to  the  air,  in 
  consequence  of  the  absorption  of  carton  dioxide  and  water, 
  by  which  it  is  converted  into  carbonate  of  lime  and 
  hydrate  of  lime. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Slack  \Slack\,  adv 
  Slackly;  as  slack  dried  hops. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Slack  \Slack\,  n. 
  The  part  of  anything  that  hangs  loose,  having  no  strain  upon 
  it  as  the  slack  of  a  rope  or  of  a  sail. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  To  be  remiss  or  backward;  to  be  negligent. 
 
  3.  To  lose  cohesion  or  solidity  by  a  chemical  combination 
  with  water;  to  slake;  as  lime  slacks. 
 
  4.  To  abate;  to  become  less  violent. 
 
  Whence  these  raging  fires  Will  slacken,  if  his 
  breath  stir  not  their  flames.  --Milton. 
 
  5.  To  lose  rapidity;  to  become  more  slow;  as  a  current  of 
  water  slackens. 
 
  6.  To  languish;  to  fail  to  flag. 
 
  7.  To  end  to  cease;  to  desist;  to  slake.  [Obs.] 
 
  That  through  your  death  your  lineage  should  slack. 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  They  will  not  of  that  firste  purpose  slack. 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  slack 
  adj  1:  not  tense  or  taut;  "the  old  man's  skin  hung  loose  and  gray"; 
  "slack  and  wrinkled  skin";  "slack  sails";  "a  slack 
  rope"  [syn:  {loose}] 
  2:  lacking  in  strength  or  firmness  or  resilience;  "flaccid 
  muscles";  "took  his  lax  hand  in  hers";  "gave  a  limp 
  handshake";  "a  limp  gesture  as  if  waving  away  all  desire 
  to  know"  G.K.Chesterton;  "a  slack  grip"  [syn:  {flaccid},  {lax}, 
  {limp}] 
  3:  flowing  with  little  speed  as  e.g.  at  the  turning  of  the 
  tide;  "slack  water" 
  4:  lacking  in  rigor  or  strictness;  "such  lax  and  slipshod  ways 
  are  no  longer  acceptable";  "lax  in  attending  classes"; 
  "slack  in  maintaining  discipline"  [syn:  {lax}] 
  n  1:  a  noticeable  decline  in  performance:  "the  team  went  into  a 
  slump";  "a  sudden  slack  in  output";  "a  drop-off  in 
  attendance";  "a  falloff  in  automobile  sales"  [syn:  {slump}, 
  {drop-off},  {falloff},  {falling  off}] 
  2:  a  stretch  of  water  without  current  or  movement;  "suddenly 
  they  were  in  slack  water" 
  3:  the  condition  of  being  loose  (not  taut);  "he  hadn't  counted 
  on  the  slackness  of  the  rope"  [syn:  {slackness}] 
  4:  a  cord  or  rope  or  cable  that  is  hanging  loosely;  "he  took  of 
  the  slack" 
  v  1:  avoid  responsibilities  and  work  be  idle 
  2:  be  inattentive  to  or  neglect,  as  of  duties:  "He  slacks  his 
  attention" 
  3:  release  tension  on  "slack  the  rope" 
  4:  make  less  active  or  fast  "He  slackened  his  pace  as  he  got 
  tired"  [syn:  {slacken},  {slack  up}] 
  5:  become  slow  or  slower;  "Production  slowed"  [syn:  {slow},  {slow 
  down},  {slow  up},  {slacken}] 
  6:  make  less  active  or  intense  [syn:  {slake},  {abate}] 
  7:  become  less  in  amount  or  intensity;  "The  storm  abated"  [syn: 
  {abate},  {let  up},  {slack  off},  {die  away}] 
  8:  cause  to  heat  and  crumble  by  treatment  with  water,  as  of 
  lime  [syn:  {slake}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  slack  n.  1.  Space  allocated  to  a  disk  file  but  not  actually 
  used  to  store  useful  information.  The  techspeak  equivalent  is  `internal 
  fragmentation'.  Antonym:  {hole}.  2.  In  the  theology  of  the  {Church  of 
  the  SubGenius},  a  mystical  substance  or  quality  that  is  the  prerequisite 
  of  all  human  happiness. 
 
  Since  Unix  files  are  stored  compactly,  except  for  the  unavoidable 
  wastage  in  the  last  block  or  fragment,  it  might  be  said  that  "Unix  has 
  no  slack".  See  {ha  ha  only  serious}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  slack 
 
  1.    Internal  fragmentation.  Space  allocated 
  to  a  disk  file  but  not  actually  used  to  store  useful 
  information. 
 
  2.    In  the  theology  of  the  {Church  of  the  SubGenius}, 
  a  mystical  substance  or  quality  that  is  the  prerequisite  of 
  all  human  happiness. 
 
  Since  {Unix}  files  are  stored  compactly,  except  for  the 
  unavoidable  wastage  in  the  last  block  or  fragment,  it  might  be 
  said  that  "Unix  has  no  slack". 
 
  See  {ha  ha  only  serious}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1995-03-01) 
 
 




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