1. [syn: relaxation, loosening, slackening]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Slack \Slack\, Slacken \Slack"en\, v. i. [imp. & p. p.
Slacked, Slackened; p. pr. & vb. n. Slacking,
Slackening.] [See Slack, a.]
1. To become slack; to be made less tense, firm, or rigid; to
decrease in tension; as, a wet cord slackens in dry
2. To be remiss or backward; to be negligent.
3. To lose cohesion or solidity by a chemical combination
with water; to slake; as, lime slacks.
4. To abate; to become less violent.
Whence these raging fires
Will slacken, if his breath stir not their flames.
5. To lose rapidity; to become more slow; as, a current of
6. To languish; to fail; to flag.
7. To end; to cease; to desist; to slake. [Obs.]
That through your death your lineage should slack.
They will not of that firste purpose slack.
[1913 Webster] Slack
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an occurrence of control or strength weakening; "the
relaxation of requirements"; "the loosening of his grip";
"the slackening of the wind" [syn: relaxation,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
74 Moby Thesaurus words for "slackening":
abatement, allayment, alleviation, arrest, assuagement,
attenuation, attrition, blunting, calming, check, damping,
deadening, debilitation, deceleration, delay, demulsion, detention,
devitalization, dilution, diminution, drag, dulcification, dulling,
ease-off, ease-up, easing, effemination, enervation, enfeeblement,
evisceration, exhaustion, extenuation, falling-off, fatigue,
flagging, holdup, hushing, inanition, lag, languishment, leniency,
lessening, letdown, letup, lightening, loosening, lulling,
minus acceleration, mitigation, modulation, mollification,
obstruction, pacification, palliation, quietening, quieting,
reduction, relaxation, remission, retardation, retardment, setback,
slack-up, slowdown, slowing, slowing down, slowup, softening,
soothing, subduement, tempering, thinning, tranquilization,