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
- Slowly in the wind
- Slow march
noun 1. (military) a march in slow time
noun 1. a slow-burning match or fuse, often consisting of a rope or cord soaked in a solution of saltpeter. noun 1. a match or fuse that burns slowly without flame, esp a wick impregnated with potassium nitrate
- Slow medicine
noun a type of medical care offering palliative and comfort-giving treatment Examples Slow medicine encourages less aggressive care at the end of life and is increasingly available in nursing homes. Word Origin 2004