slack

Part of speech: adverb

Slackly.

Part of speech: noun

Slackness.

Part of speech: verb

To loosen; relax; retard.

Part of speech: verb

To slake, as lime.

Part of speech: adjective

Loose; remiss; careless; listless; feeble.

Part of speech: noun

The part of anything, as a rope, that hangs down loosely between supports; also, a slack condition.

Part of speech: noun

Small coal; coal screenings.

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Usage examples "slack":

  1. After supper propriety, which up to now had held slack rein on the carnival spirit, turned her loose. - "Calvary Alley", Alice Hegan Rice.
  2. Darsie sat back on her heels, her arms, falling slack by her sides, her wide eyes fixed on the ground in a surprise too complete for speech. - "A College Girl", Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey.
  3. I soon learned, however, that both officers and men took the liberty of giving themselves leave, with very little ceremony, from many of the militia regiments, into which but a very slack style of discipline had as yet been introduced. - "Hurricane Hurry", W.H.G. Kingston.