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Slack

Not taut or held tightly in position; loose
A slack rope
Her mouth went slack
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Slow

Not moving or able to move quickly; proceeding at a low speed
A slow train.
Slow walkers.
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Slack

(of business or trade) characterized by a lack of work or activity; quiet
Business was rather slack
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Slow

Marked by a retarded tempo
A slow waltz.
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Slack

Having or showing laziness or negligence
Slack accounting procedures
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Slow

Taking or requiring a long time
The slow job of making bread.
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Slack

Lewd
The veteran king of slack chat
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Slow

Taking more time than is usual
A slow worker.
Slow progress in the peace negotiations.
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Slack

(of a tide) neither ebbing nor flowing
Soon the water will become slack, and the tide will turn
Slack tides
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Slow

Allowing movement or action only at a low speed
A slow track.
A slow infield.
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Slack

The part of a rope or line which is not held taut; the loose or unused part
I picked up the rod and wound in the slack
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Slow

Registering a time or rate behind or below the correct one
A slow clock.
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Slack

Casual trousers
He put on a grey shirt and loose cotton slacks
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Slow

Lacking in promptness or willingness; not precipitate
They were slow to accept our invitation.
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Slack

A spell of inactivity or laziness
He slept deeply, refreshed by a little slack in the daily routine
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Slow

Characterized by a low volume of sales or transactions
Business was slow today.
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Slack

Coal dust or small pieces of coal
The fire was stoked with a mixture of slack and cement
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Slow

Lacking liveliness or interest; boring
A slow party.
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Slack

Loosen (something, especially a rope)
Slacking the outhaul allows you to adjust the sail
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Slow

Not having or exhibiting intellectual or mental quickness
A slow learner.
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Slack

Decrease or reduce in intensity, quantity, or speed
The horse slacked his pace
The flow of blood slacked off
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Slow

Only moderately warm; low
A slow oven.
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Slack

Work slowly or lazily
She ticked off her girls if they were slacking
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Slow

So as to fall behind the correct time or rate
The watch runs slow.
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Slack

Slake (lime)
150 sacks of lime were slacked by the inrushing water
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Slow

At a low speed
Go slow!.
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Slack

Not tense or taut; loose
A slack rope.
Slack muscles.
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Slow

To make slow or slower.
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Slack

Lacking in activity; not busy
A slack season for the travel business.
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Slow

To delay; retard.
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Slack

Moving slowly; sluggish
A slack pace.
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Slow

To become slow or slower.
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Slack

Lacking in diligence or due care or concern; negligent
A slack worker.
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Slow

Taking a long time to move or go a short distance, or to perform an action; not quick in motion; proceeding at a low speed.
A slow train;
A slow computer
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Slack

Flowing or blowing with little speed
A slack current.
Slack winds.
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Slow

Not happening in a short time; spread over a comparatively long time.
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Slack

(Linguistics) Pronounced with the muscles of the tongue and jaw relatively relaxed; lax.
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Slow

Of reduced intellectual capacity; not quick to comprehend.
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Slack

To make looser or less taut
Slacked the sail.
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Slow

Not hasty; not tending to hurry; acting with deliberation or caution.
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Slack

To make slower
Slacked our pace.
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Slow

(of a clock or the like) Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time.
That clock is slow.
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Slack

To be careless or remiss in doing
Slack one's duty.
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Slow

Lacking spirit; deficient in liveliness or briskness.
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Slack

To slake (lime).
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Slow

(of a period of time) Not busy; lacking activity.
It was a slow news day, so the editor asked us to make our articles wordier.
I'm just sitting here with a desk of cards, enjoying a slow afternoon.
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Slack

To be or become slack.
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Slow

(transitive) To make (something) run, move, etc. less quickly; to reduce the speed of.
Slow the process
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Slack

To be inactive or avoid work
Slacked around the house all day.
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Slow

(transitive) To keep from going quickly; to hinder the progress of.
Slow the traffic
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Slack

A loose part, as of a rope or sail
Hauled in the slack.
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Slow

(intransitive) To become slow; to slacken in speed; to decelerate.
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Slack

A period of little activity; a lull
A slack in business.
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Slow

Someone who is slow; a sluggard.
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Slack

A cessation of movement in a current of air or water.
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Slow

(music) A slow song.
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Slack

An area of still water.
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Slow

Slowly.
That clock is running slow.
I want to dance with you nice and slow
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Slack

Unused capacity
Still some slack in the economy.
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Slow

Slew.
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Slack

Slacks Casual pants that are not part of a suit.
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Slow

Moving a short space in a relatively long time; not swift; not quick in motion; not rapid; moderate; deliberate; as, a slow stream; a slow motion.
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Slack

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

Not happening in a short time; gradual; late.
These changes in the heavens, though slow, producedLike change on sea and land, sidereal blast.
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Slack

A small dell or hollow.
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Slow

Not ready; not prompt or quick; dilatory; sluggish; as, slow of speech, and slow of tongue.
Fixed on defense, the Trojans are not slowTo guard their shore from an expected foe.
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Slack

A bog; a morass.
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Slow

Not hasty; not precipitate; acting with deliberation; tardy; inactive.
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding.
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Slack

In a slack manner
A banner hanging slack.
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Slow

Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time; as, the clock or watch is slow.
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Slack

(uncountable) The part of anything that hangs loose, having no strain upon it.
The slack of a rope or of a sail
Take in the slack
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Slow

Not advancing or improving rapidly; as, the slow growth of arts and sciences.
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Slack

(countable) A tidal marsh or shallow that periodically fills and drains.
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Slow

Heavy in wit; not alert, prompt, or spirited; wearisome; dull.
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Slack

Unconditional listening attention given by client to patient.
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Slow

Slowly.
Let him have time to mark how slow time goesIn time of sorrow.
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Slack

(rail) A temporary speed restriction where track maintenance or engineering work is being carried out at a particular place.
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Slow

To render slow; to slacken the speed of; to retard; to delay; as, to slow a steamer.
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Slack

(countable) A valley, or small, shallow dell.
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Slow

To go slower; - often with up; as, the train slowed up before crossing the bridge.
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Slack

(mining) Small coal; coal dust.
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Slow

A moth.
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Slack

(normally said of a rope) Lax; not tense; not firmly extended.
A slack rope
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Slow

Lose velocity; move more slowly;
The car decelerated
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Slack

Weak; not holding fast.
A slack hand
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Slow

Become slow or slower;
Production slowed
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Slack

Moderate in some capacity.
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Slow

Cause to proceed more slowly;
The illness slowed him down
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Slack

Moderately warm.
A slack oven
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Slow

Not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time;
A slow walker
The slow lane of traffic
Her steps were slow
He was slow in reacting to the news
Slow but steady growth
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Slack

Moderate in speed.
A slack wind
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Slow

At a slow tempo;
The band played a slow waltz
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Slack

Lacking diligence or care; not earnest or eager.
Slack in duty or service
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Slow

Slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity;
So dense he never understands anything I say to him
Never met anyone quite so dim
Although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick
Dumb officials make some really dumb decisions
He was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse
Worked with the slow students
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Slack

Not active or busy, successful, or violent.
Business is slack.
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Slow

(used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time;
The clock is slow
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Slack

Excess; surplus to requirements.
The slack capacity of an oil pipeline
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Slow

So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness;
A boring evening with uninteresting people
The deadening effect of some routine tasks
A dull play
His competent but dull performance
A ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention
What an irksome task the writing of long letters is
Tedious days on the train
The tiresome chirping of a cricket
Other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome
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Slack

Vulgar; sexually explicit, especially in dancehall music.
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Slow

(of business) not active or brisk;
Business is dull (or slow)
A sluggish market
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Slack

(linguistics) Lax.
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Slow

Without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly');
He spoke slowly
Go easy here--the road is slippery
Glaciers move tardily
Please go slow so I can see the sights
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Slack

Slackly.
Slack dried hops
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Slow

Of timepieces;
The clock is almost an hour slow
My watch is running behind
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Slack

To slacken.
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Slack

(obsolete) To mitigate; to reduce the strength of.
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Slack

To lose cohesion or solidity by a chemical combination with water; to slake.
Lime slacks.
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Slack

Small coal; also, coal dust; culm.
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Slack

A valley, or small, shallow dell.
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Slack

The part of anything that hangs loose, having no strain upon it; as, the slack of a rope or of a sail.
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Slack

Lax; not tense; not hard drawn; not firmly extended; as, a slack rope.
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Slack

Weak; not holding fast; as, a slack hand.
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Slack

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.
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Slack

Not violent, rapid, or pressing; slow; moderate; easy; as, business is slack.
C sar . . . about sunset, hoisting sail with a slack southwest, at midnight was becalmed.
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Slack

Slackly; as, slack dried hops.
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Slack

To become slack; to be made less tense, firm, or rigid; to decrease in tension; as, a wet cord slackens in dry weather.
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Slack

To be remiss or backward; to be negligent.
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Slack

To lose cohesion or solidity by a chemical combination with water; to slake; as, lime slacks.
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Slack

To abate; to become less violent.
Whence these raging firesWill slacken, if his breath stir not their flames.
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Slack

To lose rapidity; to become more slow; as, a current of water slackens.
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Slack

To languish; to fail; to flag.
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Slack

To end; to cease; to desist; to slake.
That through your death your lineage should slack.
They will not of that firste purpose slack.
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Slack

To render slack; to make less tense or firm; as, to slack a rope; to slacken a bandage.
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Slack

To neglect; to be remiss in.
Slack not the pressage.
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Slack

To deprive of cohesion by combining chemically with water; to slake; as, to slack lime.
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Slack

To cause to become less eager; to repress; to make slow or less rapid; to retard; as, to slacken pursuit; to slacken industry.
I should be grieved, young prince, to think my presenceUnbent your thoughts, and slackened 'em to arms.
In this business of growing rich, poor men should slack their pace.
With such delayWell plased, they slack their course.
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Slack

To cause to become less intense; to mitigate; to abate; to ease.
To respite, or deceive, or slack thy painOf this ill mansion.
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Slack

Dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve
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Slack

A noticeable deterioration in performance or quality;
The team went into a slump
A gradual slack in output
A drop-off in attendance
A falloff in quality
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Slack

A stretch of water without current or movement;
Suddenly they were in slack water
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Slack

The condition of being loose (not taut);
He hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope
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Slack

A cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely;
He took up the slack
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Slack

Avoid responsibilities and work, be idle
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Slack

Be inattentive to, or neglect;
He slacks his attention
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Slack

Release tension on;
Slack the rope
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Slack

Make less active or fast;
He slackened his pace as he got tired
Don't relax your efforts now
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Slack

Become slow or slower;
Production slowed
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Slack

Make less active or intense
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Slack

Become less in amount or intensity;
The storm abated
The rain let up after a few hours
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Slack

Cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water;
Slack lime
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Slack

Not tense or taut;
The old man's skin hung loose and gray
Slack and wrinkled skin
Slack sails
A slack rope
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Slack

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
A slack grip
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Slack

Flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide;
Slack water
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Slack

Lacking in rigor or strictness;
Such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable
Lax in attending classes
Slack in maintaining discipline
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