[laks] /læks/

adjective, laxer, laxest.
not strict or severe; careless or negligent:
lax morals; a lax attitude toward discipline.
loose or slack; not tense, rigid, or firm:
a lax rope; a lax handshake.
not rigidly exact or precise; vague:
lax ideas.
open, loose, or not retentive, as diarrheal bowels.
(of a person) having the bowels unusually loose or open.
open or not compact; having a loosely cohering structure; porous:
lax tissue; lax texture.
Phonetics. (of a vowel) articulated with relatively relaxed tongue muscles.
Compare 1 (def 4).
lacking firmness; not strict
lacking precision or definition
not taut
(phonetics) (of a speech sound) pronounced with little muscular effort and consequently having relatively imprecise accuracy of articulation and little temporal duration. In English the vowel i in bit is lax
(of flower clusters) having loosely arranged parts

c.1400, “loose” (in reference to bowels), from Latin laxus “wide, loose, open,” figuratively “loose, free, wide,” from PIE root *(s)leg- “to be slack, be languid” (cf. Greek legein “to leave off, stop,” lagos “hare,” literally “with drooping ears,” lagnos “lustful, lascivious,” lagaros “slack, hollow, shrunken;” Latin languere “to be faint, weary,” languidis “faint, weak, dull, sluggish, languid”). Of rules, discipline, etc., attested from mid-15c.

“salmon,” from Old English leax (see lox).

LAnguage eXample.
A toy language used to illustrate compiler design.
[“Compiler Construction”, W.M. Waite et al, Springer 1984].
Los Angeles International Airport


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