Definition for SLACK, or SLACK'EN

SLACK, or SLACK'EN, v.i. [Sax. slacian; D. slaaken; Sw. slakna; W. yslacâu and yslaciaw, to slacken, to loosen, from llac, llag, slack, loose, lax, sluggish.]

  1. To become lese tense, firm or rigid; to decrease in tension; as, a wet cord slackens in dry weather.
  2. To be remiss or backward; to neglect. – Deut. xxiii.
  3. To lose cohesion or the quality of adhesion; as, lime slacks and crumbles into powder. – Moxon.
  4. To abate; to become less violent. Whence these raging fires / Will slacken, if his breath stir not their flames. – Milton.
  5. To lose rapidity; to become more slow; as, a current of water slackens; the tide slackens. – Mar. Dict.
  6. To languish; to fail; to flag. – Ainsworth.

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