adjective, slower, slowest.
moving or proceeding with little or less than usual speed or velocity:
a slow train.
characterized by lack of speed:
a slow pace.
taking or requiring a comparatively long time for completion:
a slow meal; a slow trip.
requiring or taking a long time for growing, changing, or occurring; gradual:
a plant of slow growth.
sluggish in nature, disposition, or function.
dull of perception or understanding; mentally dull:
a slow child.
not prompt, readily disposed, or in haste (usually followed by to or an infinitive):
slow to anger; slow to take offense.
burning or heating with little speed or intensity, as a fire or an oven.
slack; not busy:
The market was slow today.
having some quality that retards speed or causes movement, progress, work, etc., to be accomplished at less than the usual or expected rate of speed:
a slow, careful worker; a slow road.
running at less than the proper rate of speed or registering less than the proper time, as a clock.
passing heavily or dragging, as time:
It’s been a slow afternoon.
not progressive; behind the times: a slow town.
dull, humdrum, uninteresting, or tedious:
What a slow party!
Photography. requiring long exposure, as by having a small lens diameter or low film sensitivity:
a slow lens or film.
(of the surface of a race track) sticky from a fairly recent rain and in the process of drying out.
adverb, slower, slowest.
in a slow manner; slowly:
verb (used with object)
to make slow or slower (often followed by up or down).
to retard; reduce the advancement or progress of:
His illness slowed him at school.
verb (used without object)
to become slow or slower; slacken in speed (often followed by up or down).
performed or occurring during a comparatively long interval of time
lasting a comparatively long time: a slow journey
characterized by lack of speed: a slow walker
(prenominal) adapted to or productive of slow movement: the slow lane of a motorway
(of a clock, etc) indicating a time earlier than the correct time
given to or characterized by a leisurely or lazy existence: a slow town
not readily responsive to stimulation; intellectually unreceptive: a slow mind
dull or uninteresting: the play was very slow
not easily aroused: a slow temperament
lacking promptness or immediacy: a slow answer
unwilling to perform an action or enter into a state: slow to anger
behind the times
(of trade, etc) unproductive; slack
(of a fire) burning weakly
(of an oven) cool
(photog) requiring a relatively long time of exposure to produce a given density: a slow lens
(sport) (of a track, etc) tending to reduce the speed of the ball or the competitors
(cricket) (of a bowler, etc) delivering the ball slowly, usually with spin
in a manner characterized by lack of speed; slowly
often foll by up or down. to decrease or cause to decrease in speed, efficiency, etc
noun 1. a rate of firing small arms that allows time to aim before each shot.
- Slow food
noun 1. food that has been prepared with care, using high-quality local and seasonal ingredients noun any dish or meal cooked with care and attention to detail, often according to traditional recipes and using few or no new appliances like microwaves Usage Note cooking
adjective 1. proceeding at a slow pace.
noun 1. (of a horse) a slow rack.