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  • n  dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve
  • n  a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality
    a gradual slack in output
  • n  a stretch of water without current or movement
    suddenly they were in a slack and the water was motionless
  • n  a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
  • n  the quality of being loose (not taut)
    he hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope
  • n  a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely
    he took up the slack
  • v  avoid responsibilities and work, be idle
  • v  be inattentive to, or neglect
    He slacks his attention
  • v  release tension on
    slack the rope
  • v  make less active or fast
    He slackened his pace as he got tired
  • v  become slow or slower
  • v  make less active or intense
  • v  become less in amount or intensity
  • v  cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water
    slack lime
  • s  not tense or taut
    slack and wrinkled skin
    slack sails
    a slack rope
  • s  flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide
    slack water
  • s  lacking in rigor or strictness
    slack in maintaining discipline

  • In fact, Lennon originally learned to play his guitar like a banjo, with the sixth string slack.
  • Updated through 1997, the audit shows that the ladies have picked up some slack, earning an average annual return of 15.
  • When "directional pressure" is applied, the bb's flatten, and slack muscles snap back, their strength restored.
News & Articles


  • Roy Blunt in Seattle Post Intelligencer
    Blunt, who will play a leading role in the debate, warned: "This could cause your employer to simply stop offering coverage, hoping the government will pick up the slack."
  • Edmund Hillary in USA Today
    We drew closer together as Tenzing brought in the slack on the rope. I continued cutting a line of steps upwards. Next moment I had moved onto a flattish exposed area of snow with nothing by space in every direction,Hillary wrote. "Tenzing...
  • Sandra Bullock in (blog)
    I am beyond stunned,Bullock said in a statement. "Just to be included in the company of these amazing women I have so admired thru the years, has left me slack jawed with awe. It is TRULY an honor just to be nominated by the Hollywood...

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