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Quail vs. Slacken

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Quailverb

(intransitive) To waste away; to fade, to wither

Slackenverb

(intransitive) To gradually decrease in intensity or tautness; to become slack.

‘The pace slackened.’;

Quailverb

To daunt or frighten (someone)

Slackenverb

(transitive) To make slack, less taut, or less intense.

‘slacken the rope’;

Quailverb

(intransitive) To lose heart or courage; to be daunted or fearful.

Slackenverb

To deprive of cohesion by combining chemically with water; to slake.

‘to slacken lime’;

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Quailverb

(intransitive) Of courage, faith, etc.: to slacken, to give way.

Slackennoun

A spongy, semivitrifled substance which miners or smelters mix with the ores of metals to prevent their fusion.

Quailverb

To curdle or coagulate, as milk does.

Slackenverb

become slow or slower;

‘Production slowed’;

Quailnoun

Any of various small game birds of the genera Coturnix, Anurophasis or Perdicula in the Old World family Phasianidae or of the New World family Odontophoridae.

Slackenverb

make less active or fast;

‘He slackened his pace as he got tired’; ‘Don't relax your efforts now’;

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Quailnoun

(uncountable) The meat from this bird eaten as food.

Slackenverb

become looser or slack;

‘the rope slackened’;

Quailnoun

(obsolete) A prostitute, so called because the quail was thought to be a very amorous bird.

Slackenverb

make slack as by lessening tension or firmness

Quailverb

To die; to perish; hence, to wither; to fade.

Quailverb

To become quelled; to become cast down; to sink under trial or apprehension of danger; to lose the spirit and power of resistance; to lose heart; to give way; to shrink; to cower.

‘The atheist power shall quail, and confess his fears. I. Taylor.Stouter hearts than a woman's have quailed in this terrible winter.’;

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Quailverb

To cause to fail in spirit or power; to quell; to crush; to subdue.

Quailverb

To curdle; to coagulate, as milk.

Quailnoun

Any gallinaceous bird belonging to Coturnix and several allied genera of the Old World, especially the common European quail (Coturnix communis), the rain quail (Coturnix Coromandelica) of India, the stubble quail (Coturnix pectoralis), and the Australian swamp quail (Synoicus australis).

Quailnoun

Any one of several American partridges belonging to Colinus, Callipepla, and allied genera, especially the bobwhite (called Virginia quail, and Maryland quail), and the California quail (Calipepla Californica).

Quailnoun

Any one of numerous species of Turnix and allied genera, native of the Old World, as the Australian painted quail (Turnix varius). See Turnix.

Quailnoun

A prostitute; - so called because the quail was thought to be a very amorous bird.

Quailnoun

flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised

Quailnoun

small gallinaceous game birds

Quailverb

draw back, as with fear or pain;

‘she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf’;

Quail

Quail is a collective name for several genera of mid-sized birds generally placed in the order Galliformes. Old World quail are placed in the family Phasianidae, and New World quail are placed in the family Odontophoridae.

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