not tight, taut, firm, or tense; loose:
a slack rope.
negligent; careless; remiss:
slow, sluggish, or indolent:
He is slack in answering letters.
not active or busy; dull; not brisk:
the slack season in an industry.
moving very slowly, as the tide, wind, or water.
Nautical. easy (def 15a).
in a slack manner.
a slack condition or part.
the part of a rope, sail, or the like, that hangs loose, without strain upon it.
a decrease in activity, as in business or work:
a sudden slack in output.
a period of decreased activity.
Geography. a cessation in a strong flow, as of a current at its turn.
a depression between hills, in a hillside, or in the land surface.
Prosody. (in sprung rhythm) the unaccented syllable or syllables.
British Dialect. a morass; marshy ground; a hollow or dell with soft, wet ground at the bottom.
verb (used with object)
to be remiss in respect to (some matter, duty, right, etc.); shirk; leave undone:
He slacked the most important part.
to make or allow to become less active, vigorous, intense, etc.; relax (efforts, labor, speed, etc.); lessen; moderate (often followed by up).
to make loose, or less tense or taut, as a rope; loosen (often followed by off or out).
to slake (lime).
verb (used without object)
to be remiss; shirk one’s duty or part.
to become less active, vigorous, rapid, etc. (often followed by up):
Business is slacking up.
to become less tense or taut, as a rope; to ease off.
to become slaked, as lime.
take up the slack,
to pull in or make taut a loose section of a rope, line, wire, etc.:
Take up the slack before releasing the kite.
to provide or compensate for something that is missing or incomplete:
New sources of oil will take up the slack resulting from the embargo.
not tight, tense, or taut
negligent or careless
(esp of water, etc) moving slowly
(of trade, etc) not busy
(phonetics) another term for lax (sense 4)
in a slack manner
a part of a rope, etc, that is slack: take in the slack
a period of decreased activity
a patch of water without current
a slackening of a current
(prosody) (in sprung rhythm) the unstressed syllable or syllables
to neglect (one’s duty, etc)
(often foll by off) to loosen; to make slack
(chem) a less common word for slake (sense 3)
small pieces of coal with a high ash content
noun, (used with a plural verb) 1. men’s or women’s trousers for informal wear. adjective 1. not tight, taut, firm, or tense; loose: a slack rope. 2. negligent; careless; remiss: slack proofreading. 3. slow, sluggish, or indolent: He is slack in answering letters. 4. not active or busy; dull; not brisk: the slack season in […]
noun 1. a man’s suit for casual wear consisting of slacks and a matching shirt or loose-fitting jacket. 2. pantsuit. noun 1. (US) casual male dress consisting of slacks and a matching shirt or jacket
noun 1. actions taken to bring about political or social change but requiring only minimal commitment, effort, or risk: students engaging in slacktivism by signing an online petition. noun 1. the public proclaiming of one’s political beliefs through activities that require little effort or commitment
operating system A distribution of the Linux operating system by Patrick Volkerding firstname.lastname@example.org, . cdrom.com (ftp://ftp.cdrom.com/pub/linux/). FAQ (ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/Linux/distributions/slackware/SLAKWARE.FAQ). Sunsite Linux archives (http://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/Linux/distributions/slackware/). Sunsite mirrors (http://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/Linux/MIRRORS.html). (1995-03-01)