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  1. [noun] dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve

  2. [noun] a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality; "the team went into a slump"; "a gradual slack in output"; "a drop-off in attendance"; "a falloff in quality"
    Synonyms: slump, drop-off, falloff, falling off

  3. [noun] a stretch of water without current or movement; "suddenly they were in slack water"

  4. [noun] the condition of being loose (not taut); "he hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope"
    Synonyms: ness

  5. [noun] a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely; "he took up the slack"

  6. [verb] avoid responsibilities and work, be idle

  7. [verb] be inattentive to, or neglect; "He slacks his attention"

  8. [verb] release tension on; "slack the rope"

  9. [verb] make less active or fast; "He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now"
    Synonyms: en, up, relax

  10. [verb] become slow or slower; "Production slowed"
    Synonyms: slow, slow down, slow up, en

  11. [verb] make less active or intense
    Synonyms: slake, abate

  12. [verb] become less in amount or intensity; "The storm abated"; "The rain let up after a few hours"
    Synonyms: abate, let up, off, die away

  13. [verb] cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water; "slack lime"
    Synonyms: slake

  14. [adjective] not tense or taut; "the old man's skin hung loose and gray"; "slack and wrinkled skin"; "slack sails"; "a slack rope"
    Synonyms: loose

  15. [adjective] lacking in strength or firmness or resilience; "flaccid muscles"; "took his lax hand in hers"; "gave a limp handshake"; "a limp gesture as if waving away all desire to know" G.K.Chesterton; "a slack grip"
    Synonyms: flaccid, lax, limp

  16. [adjective] flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide; "slack water"

  17. [adjective] lacking in rigor or strictness; "such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable"; "lax in attending classes"; "slack in maintaining discipline"
    Synonyms: lax


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